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Trouble finished up her pain meds on Tuesday night.  She isn’t getting around quite as well as she was and I’m attributing that to not having the meds anymore. 

Have any of you experienced a slight decline after pain meds are stopped?  And how long before they adjust to being without the meds?  

 It’s a little of a downer to see her digress just a bit.

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We had the same experience with Dee, but it was short-lived as we realised that he was also struggling with arthiritis in his back legs.  He is on meds for the arthiritis now. 

I think you should just give Trouble time to adjust and find her "feet" – she will be back to her old self again.  Dee also had a bit of depression after the operation.  It was partly our fault as we kept him away from the other dogs and spoiled him a bit too much.  As soon as we got back into our old routine, he was 100% and very happy!

(I also have a pitbull (Selma) – they are lovely dogs!!)

Good luck with Trouble.  Pls keep us updated.

Lotsa love, Ansunette & Dee xxx

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Great advice Dee. We second that. It’ll take some time for Trouble to adjust to not having any meds in her system, plus, learning how to use her body in a different way on three legs. Hang in there, she’ll get the feel for it soon! Keep us posted.

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