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.


24 comments:

  1. Mrs. Sage - Like you, it hurts seeing my senior dog age :(…. last year my chihuahua started getting tremors in his legs, and his gait became weaker (in a hind leg) where he was injured 5 years ago. My biggest concern is his teeth - though not bad, some are loose (one fell out recently). I scale his teeth more frequently now and brush with a soft baby brush every few days. I just can't bring myself to let him go under inhalant anesthesia and get teeth cleaned and pulled at the vet - I think he may also be 12 1/2 or so…. so the risk (and a past experience with a cat) scares me. I give Zody the Glucosamine/MSM/chondroiton treats. Fruitless Bioactive complete joint care and the other brand is Sea mobility Joint Rescue according to his weight. I know arthritis is a bigger factor in bigger dogs. My chi only weighs about 7 pounds. So, I've also decided no more unnecessary shots from the vet. I just want less toxic meds in his system. It's been tough seeing my baby age…. sometimes it seems to happen overnight! I know how you feel. Every day is delicate and yet a gift.
    Hugs to you and the pups!

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    1. Thanks, Sandra. It is so hard to see them age. Like you, I have so many fears about the side effects of prescription meds and even doggie dental work! Durango had to have a tooth pulled last summer and I almost fainted when the vet called to say the surgery went ok.
      And I wholeheartedly agree when it comes to senior dogs and vaccinations. Enough is enough and at 12 1/2 I just don't see the need for it.
      So sorry to hear about Zody's arthritis. Poor little thing. Look into the Adequan shots....it's just highly concentrated glucosamine and has no side effects.
      Give your sweet pup a hug from all of us!
      x

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    2. Thank you. We are in this together. xo

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  2. i'm sure your heart is splitting wide open.
    i'll hold you in my heart, you and the pups and mister sage......
    xx

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    1. Thank you, dear woman. We'll get through this...
      xx

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  3. Oh no... poor Sage Family:-/
    Seems all of our dogs have arthritis eventually. My vet recommends milk thistle to help offset any liver damage. You are doing what you can monitoring his blood work. We've never had a dog suffer the side effects of Rimadyl. I believe its well worth it to keep them comfortable in their old age. Taking it a step further we have also given them Tramadol and definitely as needed. I'm not a huge fan of pharmaceuticals, but dogs just don't live that long, so I believe its worth it to keep them comfortable.
    And I definitely know the constant worry if you are doing what's best of them. OMG do I know that feeling. But its all worth it. It's what it's all about.
    Give the big guy a "bear hug" for me. I used to love to bend over Dunkel and give him a big hug:-)
    Sending positive thoughts your way.
    xxxSheree

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    1. Thanks for your insight, Sheree. I was so sorry to hear about Dunkel. I know he had a great mom!
      We have not talked about Tramadol yet but as long as I keep Durango on the Rimadyl he seems to do ok. It is just scary to take the step of using it every single day but you are so right....as long as he is comfortable and happy....that's what counts.
      He does walk a half hour every morning (way down from our usual hour) and he still loves to catch tennis balls and stuffed birds.
      All we can do is love them the best we can.
      Hugs to you and the pack, including Chucky!
      xx

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  4. And I thought 2017 was going to be less challenging for you! Rats. I'm sorry to hear that Rez dog Durango is not doing so well.
    You'll do your best at making him comfortable. He couldn't be more loved!
    I got no suggestions or remedies except kisses! And a prayer.
    Like all your sheds...and that pretty, pretty sky.
    x

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    1. I know! What's up with 2017?
      We're hoping to get Durango back on the mesa--under strict supervision and limited activity--but I know that being up there will do alot for him.
      Meanwhile, we're spoiling him rotten.
      Thanks for the kisses and prayer. Sometimes that's the best medicine of all.
      xx

      Oh...the sheds....Lucky pulled one out and started chewing on it! She's got this figured out!

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  5. Your sweet puppy looks so adorable - you obviously take such good care of him...I'm sorry that he and YOU are going through this. I hope you will find some answers.
    My husband would be green with envy over your antler collection. Anytime we walk in the woods he is hoping to find one....

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    1. Thanks...and Durango says thanks too!
      And the antlers...we find them everywhere on the mesa! The only problem is keeping them out of Lucky's mouth. She seems to think they're toys!

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  6. Did you ever think about acupuncture for Durango? We give Brady Rimadyl as needed but I too worry about the long term effects. It's really a wonder drug for them though. That photo of D in his cowl neck is priceless!!! It looks like he's leading a Gay Mens' Choir. Lmao!!! I absolutely love it!!!!! xoxo

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    1. Leading a gay men's choir....that one made me laugh!! Actually, he was bored with the cowl photo shoot and was yawning.

      We haven't tried acupuncture yet....Durango hates needles and the Adequan shots are a struggle as it is. I even bring bacon to the vet's office to get his mind off the shot!
      I was able to get his appointment moved up and after a thorough exam and senior blood panel the vet decided to just keep doing what we're doing and if it's not enough he will probably prescribe Tramadol to be taken as needed.
      Over all, he's been doing much better since the weather settled down. The Rimadyl helps so much and as long as the blood tests are ok, we'll use it as needed (hopefully not every day).
      Give your Brady a hug from the lab in the cowl!
      xx

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    2. Lol!! I will!! I knew you'd get a kick out of that comment. It was one of those things that popped into my head and made me laugh out loud so I had to share it!! xo

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  7. I sincerely hope that Durango can get some pain relief...poor fellow :(

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    1. Thanks. Durango is doing well....we had to up his meds and it has helped so much.

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  9. Oh, I'm so sorry to hear your boy has arthritis. I think you're doing the right thing by giving him as much medication as he needs to be comfortable. I know you're a wonderful mama to your pooches. xo

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    1. Thanks, Susan. He's doing well and we're all feeling better about it.
      x

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  10. Kiss your sweet boy for me..love your photos and glad you have your home back to yourselves.
    Xox
    Dagmar

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    1. Yes, we do have our home back and I will gladly kiss Durango right on the head!
      xx

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  11. Oh no....termites, that is rough. Sorry. As for the sweet baby boy, he is beautiful. Sorry he is dealing with arthritis. Bless his heart. We love our fur babies. Mine is a Rat Terrier and right now he is on the other end of the couch....SNORING!

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    1. Luckily we caught the termites early. It was still a nightmare though.
      And your little terrier sounds like he has it figured out....sleeping on the couch! Mine are the same way and if I don't watch out, they take over and leave only an inch or two for me!

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