Dilemma about my dog Big Boy

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Dilemma about my dog Big Boy

Post  Paradox on Mon 16 May 2011, 8:44 am

I wrote earlier in the week about the ordeal my 15 year old basset went through last week. He ended up going to the vet who feels he's in pain. He's lost 30 pounds (in six months). She put in on Rimadyl for joint pain. It didn't help. He is still pacing, panting, agitated. Last night we gave him half of one of my klonopin and he finally got a good rest. But this morning back to pacing, panting and now whining.

I called the vet and we are adding Tramadol. I just want to control his pain. The next step would be blood work and x-rays to see if we are dealing with cancer. I guess what I'm in a quandary about is how much testing do I do to find out what is wrong, when with a 15 year that considered "ancient" (vets words not mine) for his size and breed, I probably won't treat him anyway.

This is a dog who by nature sleeps in sunbeams all day. The sun is shining and he is pacing and it's breaking my heart.
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Post  milo on Mon 16 May 2011, 10:09 am

This makes me so sad. I hope he is ok. Sad
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Post  Angela on Mon 16 May 2011, 10:32 am

I'm so sorry, Charlotte. It's breaking my heart too. Praying for the best.
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Re: Dilemma about my dog Big Boy

Post  Paradox on Mon 16 May 2011, 10:59 am

He has stopped pacing and is much calmer but is still trembling. I'm going to give him the 2nd tramadol and see how he does ( directions said 1-2).

If the pain killers don't work, would you guys go through the additional testing " just to know"? The lab tech and vet agreed with me there wouldn't be a lot of treatment for a 15 year old. I wouldn't want there to be. But on the other hand if this is just temporary from his misadventure,I would hate to have put him down too soon.

He's appreciating all the extra lovins' he's been getting,though my back is NOT appreciating getting down to his level.
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Post  alli on Mon 16 May 2011, 12:02 pm

I hope he is feeling better. It's so hard to watch our animals in pain.

Hugs for both of you.

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Post  Paradox on Mon 16 May 2011, 12:09 pm

He has stopped trembling and is sleeping, soaking up his sun beam. sunny His Mommy feels much relieved!! cheers

Let's just hope this is a temporary regime brought on by his travels. My co-worker said he's shaking cause he's imagining mud bogs sneaking up on him. affraid
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Post  Porsche Fan on Mon 16 May 2011, 6:04 pm

Para,

I hope he's ok. If he's really tired the vet might want to check his heart and to check for water retention. Hopefully he's up and moving a bit on his own.

Cheers!
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