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Oct. 14th, 2008 @ 12:12 pm (no subject)
Lilly update:

She is still favoring her one leg over the other, but she is suffering from cabin fever. She hasn't been to the park in a couple days and she starts bouncing around the room when any of us moves toward the door.

We'll give her one more day on the anti-inflamitories and then see how she does at the park tomorrow.
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Date:October 14th, 2008 07:49 pm (UTC)
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IIRC from my dog-geek days, developing good strong musculature around the joint can help hold the ball in the socket; the problem is that the socket develops shallow, allowing the ball to slip out easily. Since she's a big dog, you might even want to look into something like sled-pulling type exercise for her, that taps the rear-wheel drive and might help with the necessary muscle. You'll have to start slow and careful so as to not damage anything, but stick with it and let it build. Treat it more like weight-lifting than aerobics, if that makes sense. The aerobics are good for burning fat, but you also need to be building those hip muscles. Also glucosamine has a good reputation as a supplement for that.
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Date:October 14th, 2008 07:56 pm (UTC)
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I'll check with the vet about the exercise. Hmmm... Pulling dogs can pull 2-3 times their weight... Twice her weight is more than I weigh.... w00+! I can be a lazy bastard and get pulled everywhere! ;)