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6 April 2021 - 12:29 pm
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It’s been a sleepy day for us. Haven’t done much. He just ate. I’m going to let that settle for a bit and then se if he wants to go potty. He has been letting me put him on a sled and pull him on our carpet from our bedroom to the front door. So that is saving him a little bit of energy and making sure he doesn’t overdo it until we get through the worst of this pain. From there it’s only 5 hops to the grass. He has still had a couple times where he has whined a little when he moves, but some discomfort after a major surgery has to be expected. Being totally pain free isn’t realistic. He is taking 400mg every 8 hours. 

I will definitely present that to his vet if his pain continues to be a problem. 

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6 April 2021 - 3:57 pm
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Oh that’s good he’s eating. Rest is medicinal, that’s nice he’s comfortable. That sled idea seems helpful! I can’t recall anyone trying it, but as long as it helps him stay comfy that’s good.

You’re right, some discomfort is expected and with Shepherds being so vocal as it is, it can be hard to tell when they’re talking about pain or something else. You know him best though. If you feel the pain is getting worse let your vet know. The Gabapentin dosage is acceptable, and it’s what our Wyatt took for maintenance when his arthritis got bad. But for dogs who need more pain management after surgery, we’ve seen at least one here whose vet (Dr. Downing in the video I shared) bumped Gabapentin up to 5,600 mg per day (1200 was at night). Most vets would freak at that dosage, but this particular dog responded really well. That dog was also on Amantadine. So, just something to consider. I hope he continues to show improvement so you don’t have to add any more in but if he does, there’s other pain control methods out there. Keep us posted OK?

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6 April 2021 - 4:37 pm
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Hahaha..love the idea of “carpet sleeding” thru the living room!  Brilliant!

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We are both much more well rested. My apologies for the delayed response. I have been trying to spend my time tending to Rue and catching up on school work. Quite the feat. His pain seems to be better controlled. He has occasional bouts of breakthrough pain. Usually precipitated by excitement or barking at the FedEx delivery guy. He gets a lot of anxiety after these happen, I’m sure because he has no idea where the pain in coming from. I am trying to keep all stimulation to a minimum in order t prevent this. His satellite sized ears make it hard to keep him from noticing everything. He is eating and drinking well and passing a lot of gas (yay!). Hoping we are on the downward slope and every day continues to be better than the last. 

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Hey there, no apologies necessary, this is a wild ride for you two right now. I’m glad your update sounds really good overall. Barking at the FedEx guy is a great sign! Here’s to more signs of the downward slope to 100% recovery!

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