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Barking??? Bringing  you a gift of his  ball?? Yeah, he’s feeling much better!

I give Frankie Dasquin joint supplements everyday.  I don’t  give him Rimadyl or Tramadol every day (although I probably  need to be more consistent),  but yes, he gets his joint supplements also.

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Boy he does sound like he’s getting his mojo back! That’s awesome! All it takes is finding the right combo that works for him. You’re on it!

Wyatt has always taken his joint supplements with his pain medications, no worries there.

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10 December 2019 - 10:57 pm
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I guess pain meds will now be part of his daily routine.

My quad Pug Tani had much more trouble getting around than either of my Tripawds.  Of course Maggie only made it to 11 and Elly is not yet 5.  Tani was diagnosed with arthritis when she was 6, by the time she was about 9 she was on prescription meds- and she made it to almost 15.  Yay for chemistry!!!

She was on so many meds and supplements (twice a day for most) that I actually had to get a pill box for her meds to keep track!

Just keep an eye on the blood work.

I’m glad he is feeling better.

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11 December 2019 - 9:44 am
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Thanks all! He seems to be feeling much better since he started the meds, so we will continue to do so.

Now I wonder if my doctor will give me something? Lol

My Beautiful Beloved Brownie was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma on February 26, 2019.  With all odds against him he lived an additional one year and eight days with amputation, love, and prayer.  I was honored to be his mom, and I have never been so proud!  He will live forever in my Heart!

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YAAAAY! That’s terrific Nancy, thanks for letting us know. You’re doing GREAT!

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Hi Everyone,

As of yesterday Brownie is showing weakness in his back legs. I will help him stand, then he will collapse. If we start walking together with his harness he does ok, but when I let go he falls. He doesn’t show any signs of pain (but he is taking pain meds). Does anyone have any idea what it could be?

My Beautiful Beloved Brownie was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma on February 26, 2019.  With all odds against him he lived an additional one year and eight days with amputation, love, and prayer.  I was honored to be his mom, and I have never been so proud!  He will live forever in my Heart!

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22 December 2019 - 5:08 pm
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Awww poor Brownie, that must have you worried sick. I’m so sorry!

Have you tried to massage all around to find out if he’s sensitive in certain spots? Neck? Hind leg muscles? Shoulders? Watch for signs like him staring back at you when you massage, that could mean he’s hurting in that area.

But otherwise it’s super hard to guess and it will drive you crazy trying. For now I would see if you can get him to the vet tomorrow if he’s still not able to walk by morning.

You mentioned that he’s on pain meds. Ask your vet if you can increase those in the meantime.

Please let us know how things are going OK?

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He is walking better this evening but his back legs are shaky. To tell you the truth he is just acting tired. Stll great appetite and reminds me when it’s cookie time. I will call the vet tomorrow and see if I can get him in if he is not better.

My Beautiful Beloved Brownie was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma on February 26, 2019.  With all odds against him he lived an additional one year and eight days with amputation, love, and prayer.  I was honored to be his mom, and I have never been so proud!  He will live forever in my Heart!

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22 December 2019 - 9:18 pm
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Ditto Jerry.  

Good that there is some improvement Sounds like a re-tweaked something or other again since overall he’x engaged, eating, etc. 

Do keep massaging  for comfort and relaxation.

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Oh whew! Please let us know how tomorrow goes. Paws crossed for more mobility!

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How’s he doing today?

I was going to ask if he is knuckling his back feet?  That might indicate something neurological or in his back.  It sounds like it came on suddenly? I mean I know he’s been on meds for a few weeks but there was a noticeable difference?  That would indicate to me that he might have hurt himself. Maybe he slipped or fell!

What did the vet say?

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At first he was doing great. Even hopping down the fence line barking at the neighbors dogs. He seems to get out of breath really easy and breathes hard until he rest for a minute. He doesn’t breathe heard if he is just laying around. It is like he lost control of what his body is going to do. He will be hopping and fall on his face. Bit I do believe it’s his back legs. When he stands up he will be real still with his tail between his legs before he moves forward, like he is not sure. I massage him And he doesn’t act like he is in any pain. With this the bowl issue is back.

His vet is out until Monday and I want him to see him because he did the amputation. But if I feel he is in any pain I will take him to ER. 

Karen- I know you know a lot about medical conditions in dogs. Any idea? And give it to me straight……

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Oh. If by knukling do you mean gripping the floor the answer is yes.

My Beautiful Beloved Brownie was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma on February 26, 2019.  With all odds against him he lived an additional one year and eight days with amputation, love, and prayer.  I was honored to be his mom, and I have never been so proud!  He will live forever in my Heart!

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I forgot to mention when he falls it is usually back end first. When I try to help hi. Up h i s back end is dead weight and it’s lime he can’t get his legs right. Deaf weight with jello if that makes any sense. Once I get him to stand he can hop. Bit gets out if breath quickly.

My Beautiful Beloved Brownie was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma on February 26, 2019.  With all odds against him he lived an additional one year and eight days with amputation, love, and prayer.  I was honored to be his mom, and I have never been so proud!  He will live forever in my Heart!

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Karen gave uou some good feedback and things to watch for.

Only thing that I can add is that a “limp tail” (actually really is a “medical” term) is often a sign of spine/muscular tweaks, as. well as arthritis  in spine and neck  My Nellie has horrible arthritis  that is progressing fairly quickly these couple of weeks (rear leg weakness, collapsing sometimes easily if she turns or gets off balance…bery, very hard for her to get up from sitting/laying positions).  She developed  “limp tail” a couple of days ago and is just now starting to raise it some.  

In her case, because  her kidneys (protein issues) are going, I cannot give her Rimadyl or almost anythjng (including  most pain meds) because  it can throw her kidney issues over the edge.  I am at the point though,  after I get  her to the Vet to see where she is blood work wise, etc.  (which can’t  happen til  end of week..ugh) that I want to go on and give her Rimadyl,  good meds, etc whatever  she needs to feel better and gain some of her mobility  back, even if it’s  just a short time.

I really did share all that to make a point!  Shhhh…..I have given her low dose of Rimadyl and some low dose Gaba and/or  Tram anyway rhe past couple of days and she did feel better and that’s  when her tail started  at least getting to half mast.  So until you can get her evaluated,  continue  with the meds as the Vet has prescribed  on a consistent  basis.

Anyway, seems like Brownie  keeps retweaking something.  He went running up and down the fence barking and then had a ‘spell”,  right? 

Let us know what the Vet says.  Obviously I’m  just “guessing” at stuff and you really need the Vet to see him.  Oh, and just for extra measure,  if the Vet hasn’t  checked him for. ehrlichios  (waaaay off on spelling), a tick borne disease that can cause leg weakness,, as well as diarrhea,suggest that. 

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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