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Why do dogs have to have such short lives with us?
Posted by: Golfer
Date: September 06, 2022 08:06PM
Sasha has been having a difficult time lately, no longer being able to get up into chairs and the bed lately. I got some joint supplements but not seeing much improvement. She has declined drastically in the last several months. Tonights walk was a big wake up call, we use to walk for miles, tonight not so much, maybe 2 blocks. It may be a ways off but I'm definitely not ready yet.

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Re: Why do dogs have to have such short lives with us?
Posted by: Tiangou
Date: September 06, 2022 08:18PM
Maybe talk to your vet about Prednisone/Prednisolone.

Steroids often hurt the kidneys over time and can mess with the immune system, but if she's old and otherwise in good health -- and can make regular trips to the vet to monitor kidney-function -- it might be a fair compromise to ease her last few months or years.



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Re: Why do dogs have to have such short lives with us?
Posted by: Don C
Date: September 06, 2022 08:20PM
Never ready.

You have a cutie there who obviously occupies a huge part of your heart.

I don't know which is worst, losing your devoted pet, or your devoted pet losing you.

We said goodby to both a dog and a cat in 2021 and I hugged each of them a LOT the last night.

I hope you can enjoy what time you have remaining.
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Re: Why do dogs have to have such short lives with us?
Posted by: Golfer
Date: September 06, 2022 08:28PM
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Don C
Never ready.

You have a cutie there who obviously occupies a huge part of your heart.

I'm not sure why it hit me so hard tonight, I've seen the decline in our daily interactions and walks, but it definitely did. Sometimes something just hits you.
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Re: Why do dogs have to have such short lives with us?
Posted by: vicrock
Date: September 06, 2022 08:31PM
The other thing to speak to the vet about is CBD treatments - many dogs respond well - also hemp oil is a supplement that can help.
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Re: Why do dogs have to have such short lives with us?
Posted by: btfc
Date: September 06, 2022 08:43PM
A couple of dogs that I regularly dogsit have been prescribed Rimadyl with good results.



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Re: Why do dogs have to have such short lives with us?
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: September 06, 2022 09:18PM
I'd try anything. And I know exactly how you feel. Sending many positive vibrations your way.
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Re: Why do dogs have to have such short lives with us?
Posted by: JoeM
Date: September 06, 2022 09:19PM
If you can afford it be pro active with your vet. There are a lot of treatments and drugs that can bring them some physical comfort in later life and prolong your time together. I managed to give my girl a bit over 2 extra years with me. It required a lot of effort, care, time and money on my part but I think it was totally worth it for both of us.



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Re: Why do dogs have to have such short lives with us?
Posted by: vision63
Date: September 06, 2022 09:37PM
Sasha is a little darling. I truly feel your concern.
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Re: Why do dogs have to have such short lives with us?
Posted by: chopper
Date: September 07, 2022 05:15AM
I know a guy who spent over $100k out of pocket replacing the hip in a small dog like that. He could afford it. Worked ok.
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Re: Why do dogs have to have such short lives with us?
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: September 07, 2022 09:01AM
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Don C
Never ready.

This! Definitely this. Sympathy_emoticon_by_ChaosAngel5
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Re: Why do dogs have to have such short lives with us?
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: September 07, 2022 07:00PM
how is your doggie, Golfer? did you settle on something specific to do?
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Re: Why do dogs have to have such short lives with us?
Posted by: Golfer
Date: September 08, 2022 09:22AM
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how is your doggie, Golfer? did you settle on something specific to do?

Had a talk with the vet, he suggested a joint supplements he feels works well. We'll give it a month or so and if there isn't much improvement he's going to try some prescription meds. She was better on our walk last night, slow and easy for the first part of the walk and then actually trotted the last part.
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Re: Why do dogs have to have such short lives with us?
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: September 08, 2022 01:04PM
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how is your doggie, Golfer? did you settle on something specific to do?

Had a talk with the vet, he suggested a joint supplements he feels works well. We'll give it a month or so and if there isn't much improvement he's going to try some prescription meds. She was better on our walk last night, slow and easy for the first part of the walk and then actually trotted the last part.

What was suggested to us by a large animal vet was to "quarantine" the dog to a small area for 23 hours per day. Extremely difficult to achieve but we did a milder version of that and combined with otc glucosamine, our dog improved.
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