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Bailey

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Barked: Tue Aug 19, '08 7:25am PST 
Bailey is 13 1/2 and weighs about 90 lbs. She is having issues with her back legs. I have had her on dgp for about 6 months. She no longer can go up stairs. She has recently started laying on the floor - she has 2 big comfy orthopedic beds which she lays on and has little trouble getting up from. But recently she has been laying on the floor and she cannot get up because her legs slide. She does this in the middle of the night and cries and cries until I come down and help her get up. she seems to pace from spot to spot during the night - and I sleep on the couch to keep her from crying. She sleeps all day.

Any ideas on how to keep her from laying on the floor. And getting her to sleep thru the night?
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Dollybaby

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Barked: Tue Aug 19, '08 7:33am PST 
dgp???

If shes been seen by a vet and maybe dgp is pain meds? Could changing the times you give them help her sleep at night instead of day?

My moe has arthritis in a hind leg i use Absorbine Jr on him when its bad. You can ask your vet about it.
Ive used it on goats dogs. You can get it made for horses at feed store or for people its the same ingredients in both. Cheaper by the big bottle at feed store!

Ask your vet though my Moe don't lick it so i don't worry there. But not sure if yourr baby might.

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Rusty - 1994-2008

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Barked: Tue Aug 19, '08 8:02am PST 
hughughughugBailey's Momhughughughug

My Rusty is 14 and is having the same issues. I bought him a big, orthopedic bed and he won't sleep on it. He only wants to sleep on the kitchen or bathroom floor and then he cries in the middle of the night because he can't get up. It's so sad to watch our best friends age.frown
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Dollybaby

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Barked: Tue Aug 19, '08 8:08am PST 
Maybe its the coolness of the floor they want?? Can you get some kind of cooling pad for in there beds??

With some aches we want warmth others we want cold. Just throwing ideas at yas!!
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Maizy

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Barked: Tue Aug 19, '08 8:16am PST 
I would first rule out any heart issues. Also, ask your vet about Adequan. It works great for arthritis and other joint issues.
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Bailey

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Barked: Tue Aug 19, '08 9:06am PST 
My Vet has done all kinds of tests and she is otherwise a healthy dog. They do not seem to want to give medicine and said that they do not give meds for arthritis but will give pain medicine. They gave me deramaxx but will only give 5 pills at a time - and do not like to refill them often. I guess it is bad for the liver. So on really bad days I give her a dermamax - but the dog gone pain has helped so i do not give the meds too often.

Honestly I feel that the vets are just like well she is old. I have a dog walker who does massages on her as well as chiropractic work.
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Dollybaby

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Barked: Tue Aug 19, '08 9:55am PST 
Will your furbabie lick at an ointment?? Even a very stinky nasty one?? If not absorbine jr is what i use. Or maybe them pads that people use for pain. Ask your vet about them both.

Its no fun to see a baby in pain. frown

I hate giving any pain pills long term,thats why i tried the absorbine jr i got the horse version at feed store. And it worked real good on my old goat and my old dog Moe. He has a every now and then pain from being shot a few years ago. Acts up more it seems during cold weater and rainy weather.
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Bailey

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Barked: Tue Aug 19, '08 2:32pm PST 
are you rubbing the absorbine jr ointment right on the dogs legs? can I just use the one from the store for people?
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Dollybaby

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Barked: Tue Aug 19, '08 3:01pm PST 
The human an horse ones both have the same exact ingredients in it i checked. So that don't matter,its just cheaper at the feedstore for the animal one!

Not sure if it be ok if your dogs a licker or not but i never had a problem with Moe,he's not a licker. Thats why i said run it by your vet.

If ya use it ya got to kinda get it under the fur to the skin. Don't use it if things irritate his skin though. I tested it on a small spot first to be sure it not cause any irritation on Moe first time i did it.

Cause i got another little dog that almost any ointment soap or rub burns on her. She's real delicate skinned.
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Peanut

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Barked: Wed Aug 20, '08 9:20am PST 
Has the vet figured out if it's a problem with both legs or if it's actually a problem with her spine? Is there somewhere you can go for a second opinon or maybe a specialist?

The reason I said that is that I know a dog that was having a problem (not the same as yours) and was treated for a year and a half with antibotics. When they finally got him to a specialist, he realized the dog has Valley Fever, a fungal disease which actually needs anti fungals. The antibiotics didn't hurt - they helped in the long run by keeping out secondary infections, but it wasn't until he saw the second vet that his original problem was addressed...

I'm not saying anything else is wrong - I'm just wondering if maybe if another vet had looked at her.
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