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  1. Oh so moved to hear this! Happy Birthday Kit!!
  2. I was also told gabapentin works more specifically on nerve pain. Not necessarily the best for generalized pain. But I’ve never taken it so I can’t speak to that personally.
  3. I disagree on gabapentin having to build up. I was told it works quickly and also leaves within 8-12 hours. I had been giving Seamus a dose (can’t remember the level) every 12 hours. Neurologist had me change it to every 8 hours. Also, too much can make them groggy. It was a fine line for us on enough for pain but not too much to make him out of it. I also liked using CBD oil. But too much made him anxious. I will never use Rimadyl. I think its horrible stuff The absolute savior for Seamus was cold laser and acupuncture.
  4. To me my gut is instict. NOT emotion. Most dogs are not the same at the vets office as they are at home. If I had listened to my vet I would have missed four wonderful months with Seamus. Except for the last 5 hours he did not suffer.
  5. I had the same experience with my vet. Seamus was losing his hind end. My vet told me I should consider it soon. But even when he could not walk for three weeks he was bright and happy. I would not give up since he would not. I ended up taking him to a veterinary acupuncturist. We went twice a week for a month. He got laser, PEMT, and electro acupuncture. It cost and arm and a leg. But, he got another 4 months moving on his own until an infection took him from me last week at 15 and 4 months. Trust your gut. Vets often just don’t get it
  6. I third the two above responses! I have a dog now who is gradually losing sight to PRA. And my dog I lost last year to cancer had a pretty severe heart murmur for three years that was very well controlled with med, and both meds were VERY affordable.
  7. I actually have a male who had a stubborn e. coli UTI. We ended up putting him on 30 days of antibiotics after culture. And we ran another culture a few weeks after antibiotics to make sure it was all gone this time. Also, he now gets a daily Crananidin, cranberry supplement, to help prevent any future e. coli from sticking.
  8. Just my opinion but Ace is horrible stuff for dogs with anxiety. There are many many better options. Its a tough situation. I wish I had useful suggestions. I was lucky, my one dog with nail issues completely surrendered once I muzzled her.
  9. When Tyra was diagnosed with a heart murmur at 13 we decided to save the Vetmedin for down the road if things got worse. She was maintained on enalapril and spironolactone until she died at 15 1/2 from cancer. The Vetmedin was a lot more expensive than both the other meds together
  10. It is coming upon 4 months since I said goodbye to my first border collie, my old gal Tyra. She was 15 1/2. My Seamus will be 14 the end of January. I thought I would have plenty of good time still with Seamus. Honestly Tyra was decrepit since she was 3. I was USED to her acting like an old dog. But Seamus was always the energizer bunny! Everyday at 6 am or earlier by my bed with his tail wagging saying "Get up! Its a new day! Let's play!" But amid Tyra's health crisis I did not notice that Seamus got old and began failing. After Tyra was gone I noticed he was mostly deaf. Then he starting
  11. Hugs to you Laura. Having gone thru the experience less than three months ago my heart breaks extra hard for you. I had an in home vet and it was the best experience possible for us to get thru a wretching experience. Hugs
  12. One of my dogs had a dental at 15 and also two oral surgeries after that. And she had a heart condition. I use an actual board certified vet dentist. I would not have had it done at a regular vet office. As for the chip, did they do xrays to see if the damage is more than meets the eye?
  13. What an amazing tribute. Hugs.
  14. I'm not sure how you feel about this kind of stuff, but I have used the flower essences from this company in the past. If nothing else it can't hurt. https://www.greenhopeessences.com/essences/grief-and-loss I have no advice for you. But I was thinking about all of you this morning. I lost my girl 10 days before Jester. She and Seamus never appeared close. They did not fight. They just seemed to have separate orbits. In the last months they did have some what seemed like tender moments. Mutual grooming mostly. But still nothing that indicated a bond. But I completely underestimated how
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