Many prescription medications have side effects. Many natural remedies can provide a safer alternative. This link takes you to an article discussing the subject. Aalthough it's American, the weblinks therein are very interesting.
My galgo Polar had a damaged hind knee and I was able to find a canine physiotherapist who use the same treatment on him as I had after my broken shoulder operation. I also used CBD oil for pain relief for him instead of Metacam.
'A NEW MIRACLE CALLED RENEE. She was found half buried. As a result her hind legs didn't respond...x-rays and other tests showed no injury to her spine or legs. But Renee couldn't walk... Still we never gave up, and we set out to rehabilitate her paws and make her walk.
A miracle, an achievement of the whole team, and their enormous spirit of overcoming have made Renee able to walk today. We can call it a miracle, because it certainly is. But it has also been the result of intense and hard work by especially her veterinarian Mariana and her physiotherapist Elena who never threw in the towel, and from all of us who have always encouraged her and helped her achieve it.
Tears of happiness to see her and tears of sadness to know that this is her last day with us...Renee is now adopted, and this is our tribute. The video of the evolution of an authentic warrior.
We're beyond proud of you, and you don't know how much we're going to miss you. Enjoy your new life, and be happy because your happiness is ours.
I've written this article on my Podenco Post blog but I want to share it with you because the situation with our podenco could just as easily be written about a galgo.
Bo (Bocelli) is a blind podenco we recently adopted from life on a chain in Lorca, Spain. Having both had dogs for all our seven decades of life, we have never had a blind dog. So it is a new experience for us. He has now been with us for a couple of months and is settling in very well. He can now find his way out of the kitchen into the garden to the toilet, and back again. Luckily we have a ramp at our back door rather than steps, which is much easier for him. He hasn't so far ventured into the rest of the bungalow but no doubt he will do it one day, in his own time.
He shares his home with Rosely, a sighted podenca, and very often shares his bed with her. She wears a bell on her collar so he always knows where she is. He is at the stage of wanting to play with her in the garden, but after 6 years shut in a shed breeding babies, Rosely doesn't know how to play. Her main interest is her stuffed toys, baby substitutes I suspect.
Often the history of a rescue dog is unknown. The dog's character needs to be assessed by the staff in the kennels or by a fosterer to ensure that the right home is found, both for the dogs but also the right dog for the adoptant. It's easier said than done, as dogs behave differently in different situations with different people. So here's an article on the subject, read the full piece on this weblink