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PRP injections

Discussion in 'Diseases & Illnesses' started by shelee, Aug 5, 2019.

  1. shelee

    shelee Forums Novice

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    I have a 10 year old Sheltie rescue. We have had her for 8 years. She has always had elbow arthritis, it has advanced over the years and is now giving her quite a bit of pain and lameness. We had given her Adequan injections for several years till they no longer helped. She has always been on on glucosamine supplements fish oil, and Dasuquin and still takes all of these. She had a steroid injection in both elbows 2 years ago, which did nothing, maybe even made her limp worse for several weeks. She recently had a month of twice weekly laser therapy which also did nothing. Currently she is on Carprofen, Tramadol, and Gabapentin. I have decided against a Assisi loop and also stem cell therapy. The only other thing my Vet has left to offer her for relief is PRP injections. I am skeptical. We have spent so much money, and put Missy, who is fearful and has severe noise phobia through so much. So I was hoping someone has had experience with PRP injections and can give me some advice? On a side note, I posted here 2 years ago for advice about anal gland removal. My only positive in this post is she had her anal glands removed and it was wonderfully successful!! Thank you to anyone who read this and can offer me any advice.
     
  2. ghggp

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    Shelle,
    I am so sorry to hear of painful arthritis your rescue is experiencing. I have no direct experience with elbow arthritis and possible cures. However, I ran across this post from years ago that might provide some insights or at the very least offer the ability for you to search further on the site to possibly find answers...

    I had exactly the same experience with my male. I only found out about his elbow degeneration when he came up really sore after an agility trial. He is almost 5yrs old and still does flyball, although he is starting to struggle with our usual walking regime.

    Do you get injections? I find the pentosan injections are fantastic, two weeks after a round of injections he is a new dog. I think in the US they use Adequan which has a similar effect of rebuilding and lubricating joints. Definitely speak to your vet about the injections, they are used in conjunction with the other things you are using.

    I really recommend seeing an animal physio, they give you a regime for managing exercise and strengthening and different therapies. Deska also puts his back and shoulders out because of the odd way he walks so the physio works this out for him. I've also had acupunture recommended but we don't have an animal one where i live. Here's a link to some of the recommendations from the physio and specialist http://www.sheltieforums.com/showthread.php?t=9845&highlight=Deska

    Stem cell injections have been getting amazing results over here, I'm saving the $6,000 for that one!

    I know how heart breaking to see your dog struggling, but you have done a really great job managing this for 7yrs.

    Caro and Tully
     
  3. shelee

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    Thank you for answering. We did do the Adequate injections twice weekly for approx 2 years till it no longer seemed to help. I have thought about acupuncture. Funny, just today I think I located someone just 25 miles away that works on animals as well as humans. I must admit I am skeptical but willing to try it. I don't believe stem cell is in Missy's future. Thank you again.
     
  4. Sharon7

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    No experience with this either, but one more supplement you might try that is inexpensive - green lipped mussel powder. It helped Brooke with her elbow arthritis, much more than the fish oil. It is Omega 3's. I used Super Snouts - you can get it on Amazon or Chewy, it's not expensive and you sprinkle it on their food. I did a loading dose of two scoops a day for 2 weeks, (it goes by weight) and then down to one. It's important to make sure you get one that is cold pressed, the cheaper versions use steam to open the mussels and that destroys the omegas.

    So sorry your Missy is having a hard time. Bless you for doing all you have for so long.
     
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  5. shelee

    shelee Forums Novice

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    Thank so much! I appreciate any ideas. I will order some today.
     
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    Layla and Bitsy Boodle both had platelet rich plasma injections. Layla had hers as an adjunct to cleaning out her front elbow joints. Bits just had the PRP. It added years to Layla's mobility -- she's still going strong! Bits is still mobile, though not as much. I recommend it per a qualified veterinarian.
     
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  7. ghggp

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    Just curious Chris, I have never heard of PRP before. What kind of price point is it?
     
  8. shelee

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    Chris thanks for the reply. Finally someone with experience with PRP injections! I have asked countless people and no one has even heard of it. I am hesitate for two reasons, Missy's age and advanced elbow arthritis and being we are both newly retired I do have to consider the cost. The cost would be totally worth it but with everything else failing to help her I am skeptical. Since your review of it is so positive I am pretty sure I am going to try it. At the least I am scheduling a appointment to talk with my vet again. And yes, I have switched vets to one that does a lot of orthopedic work and has high reviews.
     
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  9. Ann

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    This is new to me too, but I'm glad Chris has had experience with these injections and was able to give you some information. I hope they work for your Missy! She is very lucky to have you! You have certainly tried all the options I'm familiar with. Please let us know if you do decide to try these shots and how it goes. This may be a valuable resource for lots of our arthritic dogs.
     
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  10. shelee

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    Chris,
    I have a few questions if you could answer them? I was wondering how old your Shelties are? Was the PRP injections painful? Have either Layla or Bitsy had to have several injections or just the one? After doing more reading I was a bit concerned that my Missy, who will be 11 in a few month may be too old for the PRP to be helpful. Thank you.
     

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