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Hi, I have a 7 years old male pug named Poncho. About one month ago he started limping. I took him to the vet and he discarded pads troubles, like thorns or injuries. He said the lameness is located on the front right leg. He prescribed a glucosamine and chondroitin suplement and an antiinflamatory. 20 days has passed and the trouble remains the same. The vet told me that is possible to make MRI and try to surgery the shoulder, but the risks to damage more is high. Watch him limping break my heart. I must to say he has a little overweight. How can I help him?. ┬┐Has anybody had this kind of trouble?. Thanks in advance for your answers.
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Weight loss helps just about everything. But it's hard to help them lose weight when exercise is an issue. I would start cutting back on his food or replace portions of it with green beans and apples. For example, let's say he gets a cup of food a day. Hopefully, you are measuring it and leveling it off. Even a few extra pieces of kibble a day adds up. What you can do is replace 1/4 cup of the kibble with green beans or apples. You can cook the green beans, steaming is great, then chop them up. You don't have to cook the apple. You don't want to take too much of the kibble away, but depending on how overweight he is, you could substitute 1/4 to 1/2 cup. At least until he gets to his optimum weight.

As far as his limping, did the vet do any x-rays or anything diagnostic? Why did he go for surgery right away? I personally would get a second opinion. If it's non-surgical, then you could also consult a vet that does acupuncture too. It has done wonders for my Isabelle's arthritis. I would definitely try to find out exactly what is wrong before you have surgery performed.

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Thank you very much for your answer. I have an extra issue with the feeding. He has to eat an special non-struvite urinary tract health food (U/D Hills). I almost lost him for a struvite calculus trouble. I mixed the dry food with a little lean chicken breast. The vet told me the only way to keep him calculus free is changing the feeding. The vet discarded the x-ray because the trouble seems to be related to joints rather than bones. The acupuncture sounds great but in my country is hard to find. I'd like to use a low fat food but I'm afraid the calculus return. With the overweight plus the lameness the workout is not a good choise by the moment.
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Ricardo, I am sorry to hear about the stones. That does complicate things. You can reduce the amount of prescription food though. Even just a little can help.
The glucosamine and chondroitin can take a few months to work so give it more time. If you don't see any improvements in 3 months, then maybe consider stopping it.
If you let me know where you are, I will see if I can find anyone that might help you. The internet is an awesome place and I have made friends all over the world.
And you may be able to help him exercise with swimming. If you don't have access to a pool or water, you could get a deep tub or use a deep bathtub. Swimming is easier on the joints than walking, especially when the dog is overweight. You just need something deep enough where he can't touch the bottom and has to swim a little. Do a few minutes a day to build up stamina and start to see some weight loss.
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