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27 August 2016 - 5:14 pm
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Hi, I’m new to all of these support resources so I’m not sure I’m in the right forum.  I adopted my tripawd Trooper 13 yrs ago after the humane society vets removed his front leg and shoulder when he was brought in by someone at 6 months old and thought he was hit by a car. I took him home 1 day after his leg was removed and he’s been with me since. He got along with the 2 cats I had already had for years ad then I adopted another rescue dog 2 yrs after I adopted Trooper. She’s 11. They are best friends and the cats have passed on a few years ago. Trooper is unique because his leg removal wasn’t a result of cancer and he was so young. Over the years the bones connecting his existing front leg during his growth  stage mutated or evolved to handle the weight in the front of his body. He’s a Corgi/Terrier mix from what we could tell. He’s going to be 14 soon. His sight is going and his gearing which is normal. I got the Webmaster Harness a week ago from Tripawds and wow it’s been so helpful with his old age joint pain in all 3 legs. My concern is that he’s in pain. He’s bit me and my dog sitter recently – both after we came into my house from a short walk outdoors to let his do his business. she’s been with me since I adopted him so he knows her very well. But I think it’s because he’s just so disoriented and in pain and he bites or snaps when we try to take off his leash. He’s on tramadol only when I think he just can’t manage as on rymadyl once a day. Along with fish oil his whole life, glucosamine his whole life and I make all his food. Also when we go out, he walks 5 feet to the grass and does one business then stands there all legs shaking for about 5 min and then he walks 10 feet and does his other business. Then stands there again. Shaking legs. I have to walk right up to him so he can sort of see me and then he wags his tail and it takes a great 5 min to coax him back into the house. This really makes me think he’s in a lot of pain and I’ve done everything to make him comfortable. I’ve been to our vet twice in the past few months and because he’s excited to ride in the car he shows less struggle with them than with me day to day. I just want his pain gone and in my heart I know it’s his time. Has anyone experienced vet offices not allowing compassion for helping their dog patients be at peace and not in pain.  I have gone to 2 in the past 4 years so they know him and just keep giving us pain meds. Honestly my wish is that he passes in my house in his sleep because it’s a hard decision to make and he’s my first dog and my best friend. I can’t stand just accepting to let him be in so much pain. Thank you for reading and any advice you guys can give. I can’t figure out how to add his picture on here but he’s so handsome with his big ole Corgi ears and I wanted to share him with everyone. 

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Hi Shri & Trooper, welcome. You did great by coming here and posting, you’re definitely in the right place to have your questions answered and get a consoling ear from folks who understand.

First, kudos to you for giving Trooper such a GREAT life. What a lucky dog to grow up with you taking such great care of him. You are a very awesome pet parent. I love now that you are conscientious about his pain levels and what is normal behavior for him.

It does sound like he’s giving very typical pain indicators. My main question is, what other pain management therapies have you tried/ Acupuncture? Massage? Also, have you consulted with a veterinary pain management specialist? They can offer so much more insight than a general practice vet who isn’t as up on the latest pain management for senior dogs. In addition to medication they offer other pain relief modalities (I.e. Range of motion exercises, massage, acupuncture, laser therapy, etc.) that can make a huge difference. Sure, Trooper might be ready for the Bridge, but he might not if his pain gets under control. The difference is often astounding once a good pain management regimen is in place. Here is a website for the International Veterinary pain management Association’s website:


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