Senior Dobie

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Hi Friends,

Lola is my first Doberman and large dog. She is the love of my life and am so grateful to have her as my person. She is now 10 and has slowed to a snails pace. She has always recieved the best vet care and food possible. She started on glucosamine last summer, took a month or so to work, but the last 4-6 weeks her long legs have been giving out on her. House is now covered with rugs to make it easier for her to get up and down. She will go to the vet next week, but I wanted to reach out to you for suggestions and information. Would you please share your experience with your elderly Dobie's. It started happening quickly, my heart is breaking. I love this dog as much as I love my kids. Dobie's are a different breed, they become human somehow... 

There's not much I wouldn't do to help her, any suggestions welcome.

Thanks,

Pam

 

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Hi Friends,

Lola is my first Doberman and large dog. She is the love of my life and am so grateful to have her as my person. She is now 10 and has slowed to a snails pace. She has always recieved the best vet care and food possible. She started on glucosamine last summer, took a month or so to work, but the last 4-6 weeks her long legs have been giving out on her. House is now covered with rugs to make it easier for her to get up and down. She will go to the vet next week, but I wanted to reach out to you for suggestions and information. Would you please share your experience with your elderly Dobie's. It started happening quickly, my heart is breaking. I love this dog as much as I love my kids. Dobie's are a different breed, they become human somehow... 

There's not much I wouldn't do to help her, any suggestions welcome.

Thanks,

Pam

 

Not sure if this helps but my mom swears by Turmeric suppliments. She got, believe it or not - 20 years out of her last dog. Not a Doberman but that is still exceptional longevity. She would bump up the doses as the dog had 'slower' than normal spells.

 

Personally I can't imagine life without Dobermans in it and have resoled to never let one in my home get to be more than 5 or 6 before looking to get new pups and start training them up. Doberman pups will learn much faster with an adult, 'role model' Doberman around to actually learn from.

No different than how my rescue mutt learned the rules around here by watching and interacting with my adult Dobermans.

Lady that runs the local DP Club here had one live to be 16 years old. Swears it never even slowed down until it hit about 12. Prayers that you end up with a lifespan such as that in your Dober family... 

 

I have a 12 1/2 year old male who is doing fine on the one dose of glucosamine. His rear is not as strong as it used to be and he will slip sometimes, but for his age is still in really good shape.  He is the first dog Ive had (including other breeds) that has ever made it to 12 - they have all been larger breeds. 

It sounds like your girl at 10 has something going on - I would discuss it with your vet and see what they think.  I'm no vet, so would just be guessing at what it could be. 

 You may want to look at some alternative medicine like acupuncture/chiropractic ect... In addition to traditional vet care. 

Good luck to you - I know it is really hard to watch your dog age and grow frail. My big indicator is how they are eating - I seriously worry if they lose their appitite.