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Hi – Thunder’s mom here. Since his amputation in January we have given Thunder Gabapentin every night, mainly to help him sleep.  How long did you continue pain meds?  He is still coughing a bit and I think that’s probably painful so should I continue or stop?  Vet leaves it up to me. He’s also on low dose Prednisone .  Thanks for your help! 

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Hey Kassie, nice to hear from you. pain management can be so tricky for everyone, even vets. And all situations are different so it’s hard to say that dogs should be on pain meds for a certain amount of time after surgery. 

So from what I recall the coughing is from the inflammation in his lungs, not metastasis thankfully. Have you talked to your vet about the continued coughing? The Pred dose can be adjusted to help alleviate it.

Do you think that he needs help sleeping because of the coughing, or because he is restless from pain? Gabapentin at night only may not be doing much at all other than help him sleep a little better if he is in some kind of pain. 

What is his typical day like? Does he show these pain signals ? How is his mobility?

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Thanks for the input. He’s good mobility wise. I would say pretty good energy (he’s 11). No more big walks but loves to be outside, visits with his fur friends and boy can he run when he sees his favorite neighbor with a cookie!    If I were to make a guess, I’d say he’s probably not in pain but I’m afraid to stop it. That being said,  he only gets it at night. Tomorrow night we will skip and see if it makes a difference. 

Our vet said he’ll be on prednisone for the rest of his life. His coughing is sporadic but pretty much daily/every night. Not as terrifying as it was but I hate it because it probably is cancer in some capacity. Will try to have my kiddo help me upload photos tomorrow after work!   Thank you! 

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