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Orrtanna Pa.
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27 March 2019 - 7:00 pm
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I’m back again! My 15&1/2 year old pup, Chandler is struggling a bit with his legs. If he gets anywhere off carpet, he spreads out like a starfish. He has even had a few poop accidents trying to get up. I have like 85 percent of my floors covered, but he somehow manages to get where there is a bare spot. Once I get him up and going, he is ok. I am just not ready to let go yet. He spent 3 hours outside with me the other day following me every place. He gets around good in grass.I can tell he is really stiff though.  I am thinking of trying CBD oil for him. I want good , pure oil from a reputable source. I thought, who better to ask than my friends here. He takes Tramadol at night and Metacam in the AM. Can I give CBD with both of those? He still eats his 2 meals every day and wants to be in the same room hanging out with us. I just want to do right by him. He has been a great friend for many years. I am off tomorrow to buy more rugs. Thanks in advance for any advice! 

TY GUY, Best Black Lab ever! Diagnosed  and had amp in January, 2014. Kicked MRSA's butt. Earned his angel wings on April 16, 2014. Run Free my boy and don't forget a shoe. Ty is a proud member of the " April Angels". Ty sent us Daryl, a Tripawd rescue in Sept. of 2016. Daryl is 5 +or -. We are also Pawrents to Chandler, a Border Collie mix who is 15 and 1/2, Lucy, a Corgi who is 7, 2 minis, 2 horses, and a feisty cat named Zoe. Zoe had a non skeletal Osteosarcoma removed in July 2015. No Chemo, she was at least 16. She is going strong although she is now completely blind. She is now close to 20 and her hobbies are eating and sleeping in front of her personal heater. 

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27 March 2019 - 9:11 pm
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Lori you are such a good mamma to him! 

I’m sorry to hear about his mobility challenges. Have you tried the Dr. Buzby Toe Grips? I am pretty sure this may be the answer for him. See:

Let’s Talk Tripawd Traction Matters with Dr. Buzby

Meanwhile about the CBD….Ask your vet about any potential interactions with his existing meds. There may be some. You can get a head start on finding a quality source by checking out our blog post:

CBD For Pets Shopping Tips Our Vets Want Us to Know

One of our favorite rehabilitation therapists recommended reputable hemp-based CBD source, Austin & Kat. I had some questions for them and they replied with the answers I was looking for. I haven’t used their products for Wyatt Ray yet but am considering it after we meet with his rehab therapy team in person next month.

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Mitchell knew that “starfish” dance really well.. way-confused it was AWFUL! We got him Dr. Buzby’s toegrips and OMD what a difference. They have a full instructional on how to fit them and apply, it was SO easy! I looked for knock offs but nothing seems to be even close to the real thing. They also give a discount on refills. I am actually about to order my first refill. It has been a total game changer for sure!

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28 March 2019 - 6:51 am
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Unfortunately, I have tried them 3 different times! He takes them off! He is actually quite funny! Acts like he can’t move, but if he sees the nail clippers, foot traction spray or scissors to trim paw hair, all things that help with this problem,he gets up and takes off! He hates anyone messing with his feet, always has. So, after spending hours chasing him to get them on one at a time, within 2 days, I find them all over the house. I witnessed him taking the first set off on the front porch. Maybe, I could glue them on😂

TY GUY, Best Black Lab ever! Diagnosed  and had amp in January, 2014. Kicked MRSA's butt. Earned his angel wings on April 16, 2014. Run Free my boy and don't forget a shoe. Ty is a proud member of the " April Angels". Ty sent us Daryl, a Tripawd rescue in Sept. of 2016. Daryl is 5 +or -. We are also Pawrents to Chandler, a Border Collie mix who is 15 and 1/2, Lucy, a Corgi who is 7, 2 minis, 2 horses, and a feisty cat named Zoe. Zoe had a non skeletal Osteosarcoma removed in July 2015. No Chemo, she was at least 16. She is going strong although she is now completely blind. She is now close to 20 and her hobbies are eating and sleeping in front of her personal heater. 

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I know this will sound silly… you did soak them in alcohol first, right? I don’t know if it makes a difference taste wise.. was hoping something that tasted crummy might make him leave them alone? 

I don’t think you can glue them.. 

When I placed them on Mitch’s nails I made sure they were right about halfway up. the back of the grip was seated so that when he bears weight the anti slip part kicks in. This may all be a moot point at now but I thought I would throw it out there for just in case. 

Mitch does very well with his CBD by the way. I ended up finding the easiest way to give it to “Mr. Finicky” is capsule form in a pill pocket. He is on an nsaid for arthritis and joint supplement as well. I did the drops of high potency for quite a while but many don’t like the taste. It was sloppy even when I found a treat that he would eat it on. The capsule is easier to give.. by a long shot, but that was also after a long trial for us finding the sweet spot for dosing him with pawsitive results. In that respect the drops were wonderful because we were able to add a drop here and there until we got to a place where he was responding cognitively and moving around easier. I went through several places before I found my resting spot with a company that I like a lot. Enough that I have been taking it myself for my arthritis and have had amazing results big-grin

With all of that said, I did get my vet’s blessing lol, so just to make sure there won’t be any negative reactions I agree with Rene about just checking in with them prior. 

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28 March 2019 - 8:24 am
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Lori,

I am sorry I don’t have any advice but sending my thoughts and love to you and Chandler.

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28 March 2019 - 9:28 am
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4myty said
Maybe, I could glue them on😂 

YES! We learned that straight from Dr. Buzby herself. She even has instructions on her website about how to do it:

She tested this on Tripawds because three-legged dogs have such an unusual gait that the grips often pop right off. There’s no reason why you can’t do the same on a four-legged dog. I would ask your vet for help.

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I will definitely have to check that out. I never noticed that on the website, very interesting!

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Let us know if you do.

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WOW LORI!!  Sweet Chandler is 15 1/2!  That’s a small miracle…and a whole lot of love and good care from you!!

I was owned by a 15 yr young dog who got to the point where she couldn’t  get up on her own.  And yes, sometimes  that mean poop accidents.  Like Chandler, once I got her up and standing, she could walk around, do her bidness, check out her favorite spots and then head, back inside.  She seemed to be comfortable  and was enjoying being  an elderly citizen 2ho, liked Chandler, always enjoyed her meals.

  In her case, it apparently  was just the weakening  of her muscles due to age.  Unlike people, elderly dogs don’t  have walkers and canes to help with their mobility  issues. 

I’m  sure you’ve tried the “usual”, Rimadyl,  Dasaquin,  or maybe Adequan injections, maybe acupuncture,  etc.

Glad Jackie shared her experience  with CBD oil with Mitchell.  I know it appears CBD helped Mitchell a lot.  

Always good to jesr from you.even if the circumstances aren’t always the best reason!!..

Hope your daughter’s pet is doing okay. And a smooch yo Daryl  for us too

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Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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Thinking that maybe there’s a better payment than tramadol? There are a few Facebook pages for CBD for pets. Also for medical cannabis for cancer. Because Osteosarcoma is so deadly, , I look at different areas for help

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I chickened out on the glue, lol. I will eventually use it on the grips that have been taken off a couple of times, but I ordered replacements and they stick really well without glue smiley2

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I chickened out on the glue, lol. I will eventually use it on the grips that have been taken off a couple of times, but I ordered replacements and they stick really well without glue smiley2

  

Can’t blame you, it is a messy procedure! Gloves are mandatory unless you want to peel apart your fingers. Glad the new ones are sticking well.

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Lol, yes and every time super glue and i get involved….🤯

I have had fantastic luck with the Toe Grips. It’s only when i take them off to trim his nails that they loosen up and Bo finds them for me 😂

Mitchell’s back end has always slid. It doesn’t now. I cannot say enough good things about the grips, the site, the sizing, and the people there…. Totally A++

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