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I am new to this forum, I have a gorgeous golden retriever called Reece he is now entering his 13th year and is in fine spirits apart from his back end it keeps giving way on him i have had him on all medication from the vet but at the moment he isn't on anything. has anyone had similar problems with there golden retriver.

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Hi Karen and welcome!
Unfortunately, that's a problem I think most of us have with our older goldens.
I have a female that's going to be 13 in March and a male that will be 12 in January. My male is having problems with his back end, too.
Is his problem pain or weakness or both? Usually it's both in the older guys, so sometimes anti-inflammatories will help them. Also fish oil seems to help a lot of them, it's also a very strong anti-inflammatory. Perhaps you could talk to your vet about either or both of those.
Is his problem more on slippery floors? Cutting the hair out from between his paw pads on the bottoms of his feet can help that.
And, be sure he's getting enough protein in his diet. Senior dogs need more, not less, than adult dogs and if they don't get enough protein they lose muscle mass quickly.
There are a couple of exercises you can do to help strengthen him a little. The easiest one is to just stand in front of him with a treat or something and have him walk backwards. Work up to having him walk 20 feet or so backwards. It really helps with those muscles.
Good luck, let us know how he's doing, and of course, we love photos!
 

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I have no experience with this but wanted to welcome you to the forum. We would love to see photos of Reece. I am sure you will get lots of great advice from others with moe experience.
 

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thank you for that, he is very week in his back legs but no pain we had to take him off the medication as it was effecting his kidneys and making him ver lathargic after taking him off the tablets he has improved 100%, When he was 8 he snapped both cruchiate ligaments and as a result of an operation got arthritis in his right leg and this one seems now to be the worst but he is so happy in himself and it is so nice to hear someone haveing older dogs as my vet just keeps telling me at his age he shouldn't be here which i find most destressing. I will indeed put some photos on but at the moment i am on the works computer and not at home

Karen:):)
 

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We had the same thing as Jasmine headed toward 14. No expert, but I think its part of the aging process for our goldies. Jazzy did well on Rimadyl. Best wishes to you.
 

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you might ask about some fish oil supplements, maybe they will help him. They do seem to help a lot of older dogs.
He SHOULD be here! A lot of us have older goldens, and we enjoy each and every day with them.

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thank you for that, he is very week in his back legs but no pain we had to take him off the medication as it was effecting his kidneys and making him ver lathargic after taking him off the tablets he has improved 100%, When he was 8 he snapped both cruchiate ligaments and as a result of an operation got arthritis in his right leg and this one seems now to be the worst but he is so happy in himself and it is so nice to hear someone haveing older dogs as my vet just keeps telling me at his age he shouldn't be here which i find most destressing. I will indeed put some photos on but at the moment i am on the works computer and not at home

Karen:):)
 

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Thanks for all your comments i have posted some photos now but don't know if i have done it right as i can't seem to get my profile picture on!
talk about reece being old Ha

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Welcome to the board.

There are supplements that can help a great deal too, Glycoflex, Cosequin, etc.

Vets don't know everything!
 

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WELCOME!

I have a 10 year old Golden Ret.,, Smooch, who just had ACL surgery in March-doing very well.
Both Smooch and our Male, Samoyed, Snobear who is 9 are on Glucosamine very morning.

I had a Samoyed Male who did very well with Rimadyl.
 

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I JUST CLICKED ON YOUR SCREEN NAME AND CHOSE view public profile and I can see Reese's picture.
 

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glad you can see Reeces picture but how do i get my profile picture to come on the screen? it comes on to me as if it is but i can't seem to see it like yours????
 

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How to

CLICK ON USER CP in upper left Corner.
Then Click on Edit Profile Pic (in left hand Column)
You can either save your pic to a site like Photofinder and then copy the IMG link from there to upload from another site or you can save your pic to your computer, the second blank bar and copy that link to the second blank bar in Edit profile pic.
http://www.goldenretrieverforum.com/profile.php?do=editprofilepic
Does that make sense?
 

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Welcome. My Bridge Boy Sam had arthritis and a neurological condition that caused weakness in his back end. His rear was receiving the 'data' sent from his brain a second or two later than the rest of his body, which caused him to drag his feet a bit. He never did knuckle under, which does happen in severe cases. I used a harness around his midsection and supported him up and down stairs when he became very tired or stiff. Most days, he didn't need the harness, but some days he did.

I used supplements also. Gluco/Condroit and fish oil. I tried the prescription pain meds but found a plain old coated aspirin worked best....just make sure it's coated to pass through the stomach before dissolving, so as not to cause stomach irritation. Your Vet can recommend dosage.

It's bittersweet, to see our buddies getting old before our eyes...we're so blessed to have gotten to these Sunset years with them...but they are the Sunset years.
 

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Welcome Karen. Sorry about your worries with Reece. I want to back up the fish oil suggestion. I have dogs of various ages. Actually my youngest has the soundness issues. We put them all on salmon oil, can't hurt right? OMG the DIFFERENCE it made in my senior. She was a behaving like a young'un. It was a pleasant time.

Did you have the cruciates repaired? If not that could be a big contributing factor. He would be much weaker there as a result. My senior also had her knees done both her cruciates went.

Another thought acupuncture is supposed to be wonderful for pain. How we can be sure they are "not" in pain I don't know. You may want to investigate holistic methods and see if that helps him. I may have to head that way with my young girl, I am trying to stay off NSAID's as long as possible. She is only 3. So far for her the salmon oil, joint supps, and adequan injections are keeping her running around.
 

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HI

1st of all i have tried uploading my profile pic as instructed and it says that it is there but still can't get it on the forum oh well!!

I did have his cruciates repaired as he was only 8 years old when he done them and still had lots of life i do give him fish oil but i can see his back end getting worse and worse as each month goes by and yes i know it is age but i still want to do everything in my power to sort him out, he can't get up the stairs anymore so my husband carrys him at bed time but if he is on nights or out i sleep down the stairs with him as i couldn't bare the thought of him sleeping himself

the things we do for our pets but i know you all feel the same as me and they aren't really just pets!!:)
 

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Hi karen,

It sounds like you want an avatar. You can go to your user CP and load a picture there in as an avatar and it will show up in the top left corner of each of your posts.
 

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Hi there

<snip > but he is so happy in himself and it is so nice to hear someone haveing older dogs as my vet just keeps telling me at his age he shouldn't be here which i find most destressing.
Karen:):)
Welcome to the forum :)

Okay, I need to say your vet is just plain WRONG!!. While not common there are goldens who are 18 and many goldens reach 12 - 14 years old. My first goldie was 14.5 years old and my second 12 1/2 when he died from surgical complications. Might be time to switch vets ...

My dogs do better on Metacam that Rimadyl.
 

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Welcome to the forum!

I agree with the other posters and highly recommend anti-inflammatories, fish oils, supplementation, exercises, water therapy and acupuncture. I've had experience with 2 dogs having back end problems. With our first boy we consulted an orthopedic specialist about his back end weakness and did a trial run with neurontin. It didn't work for our guy but we were lucky to have access to a veterinary acupuncturist. She helped our boy until he reached the bridge at 13 1/2 years due to cancer.
We started our second Golden with hip/spinal/back end issues with a holistic acupuncture vet about 2 years ago. His improvement is dramatic. She uses a combinationof acupuncture, acupressure, massage, B-12 injections, chiropractic adjustments, laser therapy and herbs/homeopaths. Barkley, at 12 1/2 years is now going upstairs like a dog half his age and we see a definite improvement in his back end issues and in his muscle mass. As an added serendipity, his allergies improved with the acupuncture too. The vet we use said all of her seniors seem to have a spark in their step thanks to the acupuncture sessions. Some of the herbs Barkley takes are targeted for his hips and joints. Judging by the dog they must be working.
There is a new cutting edge treatment here in the states that is helping some dogs with orthopedic and arthritic issues (not sure about true neurological issues affecting the rear end)--stem cell therapy. A company called vet-stem is certifying veterinarians in this procedure. Our regular vet does this and she has seen improvement in several of the dogs. Our acupuncture vet also recommends it. After consultations we decided not to pursue it for Barkley because he is doing so well right now with the acupuncture.
Best of luck in helping your precious senior Reece.
 

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Carmella had this problem too. Her whole back end would sometimes just give away and she'd end up on the floor. :( I always felt so bad, but she didn't seem to mind. The vet took xrays and I guess Carmella had a bony grown protruding into her spinal cord which was interrupting the signals sent to her hind legs, but it never progressed to any permanent paralysis. Rimadyl really helped, and we also had her on some omega-3 fatty acids. It never seemed to really get any worse, and she did just fine. She eventually stopped going up stairs, but that was really her only limitation.

Oh, I love oldie goldies. <3
 
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