Friday, February 10, 2017

arthritis, antlers, and termites. oh my!

Oh, Durango. Our black bear has quite a case of arthritis in his back legs/hind end and it seems there's nothing we can do to slow it down.
We bought him a fancy memory foam bed. I make him bone broth. He's on Cosequin and Rimadyl and he gets a shot of Adequan every 21 days.

But nothing helps him get better.

He stays the same, unless we reduce the Rimadyl. It was initially prescribed to be given "as needed" but the "as needed" days are becoming more frequent. We did go from two 75 mg pills a day to one pill a day but if I try to skip a day the pain comes raging back and it's all he can do to get through the day.

We see the vet again in early March and I guess we'll see if he gives us the go ahead to continue with the daily dose. (The potential side effects of the Rimadyl scare me to death but Durango has blood tests to monitor his progress and since he is nearly 12 1/2 years old I figure the pain relief outweighs the possible side effects?)

Has anyone else gone through this? What have you done for your arthritic senior dog?

Meanwhile, in the back yard, I've taken antlers from the shed pile and strategically placed them over Lucky's racetrack she's pounded into the ground. While the antlers do look as though alien creatures have taken over the yard, they've also slowed down the destruction wrought by our energetic pup.

And lastly, while repairing what we thought was water damage to a corner of the house, Mr Sage discovered evidence of...................termites! In a fit of panic, we had a professional inspection, thorough extermination, and repair of the damaged area is now underway.

We're now snug as bugs ourselves, knowing our home is safe from those wretched insects.

2017 has indeed come in with a bang.....and we're doing our best to hang in there.