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Old 03-17-2017, 01:21 AM
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Hi all. Zarita's arthritis is getting very bad, or the pain is not being controlled by her medication. I have increased it by a little bit, but the vet says that isn't too safe. She has had bad reactions to three medications that were to be added to the Medicam. They make her very groggy/inactive for a long period of time. Or nauseated. So I have been giving her only Medicam. I have always said I wouldn't keep a dog alive IF it was in pain---but that is exactly what I am doing with her! She limps very badly, and at times holds her paw up and looks so unhappy. BUT she still rushes to the back door, barking at the geese/squirrels etc outside. Eats OK. The last few days she refuses food in the am, and eats about 3pm. Everything else is fine. What do I do??? Euthanasia is at the back of my mind, but she doesn't seem ready?? she also has a stiff knee, as surgery failed twice. Pain is in the front.
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Old 03-17-2017, 08:33 AM
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I'm so sorry to hear that, poor Zarita. To be honest I have no idea what I would do in a situation like that seeing as it's such a difficult decision to make. I completely understand you not wanting her to be in pain and not knowing what to do. At the same time if you feel like she's not ready and is still enjoying life in other ways, I think I would personally wait and see, but that's just me.
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What about Nupro or Joint supplements?
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I will look into them. Thanks. Ate like a little pig this am---little bit of left over stew with the kibble.
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Nupro makes a yummy liver gravy that many dogs love! Nupro Silver is the kind with joint support, though it may not be enough to increase comfort in an already painful dog. Springtime has various levels of joint supplements, some of which they say are good for dogs with more advanced arthritis. I can't really vouch for anything's effectiveness, though, but I did have my last dog on Nupro Silver starting when he was a year or two old, and he never had any issues in his limbs. He did have a neck issue at the end, but I think it was a disc thing. Hope you find something that helps!
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