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Hyularonic Acid Injections - Does it Work?
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8 February 2021 - 12:59 pm
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My tripawd Duke is having issues (again) with his remaining rear leg (left). Today he wasn't willing to bear weight on the leg and is scooting around. When we got outside to do his business we use a sling and he wear Ruff Wear boots because it's so snowy and icy here. I think he may have stained his knee because he will only go #2 in huge snow drifts (while eating snow) and he does a lot of contorting to get out of the drift - even with my sling help.

He's currently only on Rimadyl and Dasuquin, but his ortho vet has mention that we might want to try Hyularonic Acid injections. Does anyone have any experience with Hyularonic Acid injections? Also, I'm wondering if we should be doing more for pain/discomfort relief, like Pregabalin.

All ideas/opinions are welcome. Thanks!

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Hey there, it's so good to see Duke's avatar, I love that photo. I'm sorry he's having issues though. Poor guy!

It's not that surprising, moving in snow is really hard on a Tripawd and I'm going to bet he did pull a muscle. Has he been to see a rehab therapist yet? I can't recall but remember the Tripawds Foundation can pay for your first rehab visit .

Usually some R&R is the ticket to feeling better but yeah, you may want to consider the HA injection. I love the way your vet thinks! We did one for Wyatt when he strained his iliopsoas and it worked well for a while. It may have had better effects later on if we had followed up with the oral version of HA, HylaFlex, but we didn't. Also keep in mind that treating pain often requires a multi-modal approach involving more than one therapy. So along with the HA injection, PT would be very beneficial.

Here's a post:

Ease Osteoarthritis Pain with Hyaluronic Acid Pet Supplements

Please keep us posted on how he's doing OK? 

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8 February 2021 - 3:29 pm
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Thank you so much, Jerry. Duke does go occasionally to PT, but with COVID protocols it's been hard to not only get an appointment, but I also can't be in the room to learn the exercises and massage techniques.

We're going to get him into his primary this week for an X-ray to make sure nothing worse than a pulled muscle and have the conversation about pain management .

You're awesome, Jerry!

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You are so welcome!

I'm glad he's going to PT! I thought so. The next time he goes to see them, ask them to video the exercises so you can learn them. Also be sure to check out the new at-home Tripawd rehab course by our friend Dr. Waterhouse, it's very educational and safe for pet parents to utilize the recommended strengthening exercises.

https://tripawd.....-exercise/

Good idea to see his vet. Please keep us posted.

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