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 Post subject: Cuddles can't get up
PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 8:42 am 
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Cuddles has been having the hardest time getting up in the morning or getting into cars, but this morning he was just unable to stand up. We are going to the vet but I would really appreciate hearing any stories or advice as to what to look for and of course any good thoughts you can spare.

He is still hungry for treats, and apart from a little panting doesn't seem like he's in pain, but he's also quite the stoic.

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 Post subject: Re: Cuddles can't get up
PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 9:36 am 
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Oh no, I'm so sorry to hear this. I have no advice. But I hope the vet has some good news and an easily solution. Hope Cuddles is ok!

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 9:54 am 
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I don't have any experience here, but I'm definitely sending you and Cuddles good thoughts!


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 Post subject: Re: Cuddles can't get up
PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 10:14 am 
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Oh no, I sure hope you guys can figure things out. Unfortunately I have no good anecdotes about this sort of thing, so I will just send lots and lots of good, healing thoughts.

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 Post subject: Re: Cuddles can't get up
PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 11:01 am 
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I really hope he's ok again soon. Could it be arthritis? Sorry I don't have any stories like this about a dog. Barney the guinea pig had arthritic hips that were eased by warm baths and Metacam.


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 Post subject: Re: Cuddles can't get up
PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 11:16 am 
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Hoping Cuddles is feeling better and things go okay!!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Cuddles can't get up
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Oh, Cuddles. <3 I hope everything is okay and the vet is able to come up with a solution.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 11:57 am 
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Hugs for Cuddles! I hope he can get back on his feet soon!


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 Post subject: Re: Cuddles can't get up
PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 4:58 pm 
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Thank you for all the good thoughts! Cuddles seems to be feeling better after a dose of Rimadyl. He is mostly lying down, but has gotten up to get food and to just move around (because he wants to be where the people are). He will be on NSAIDS from tonight, for a week.

The vet said it was hard to tell if anything was hurting him, because he is so stoic, but he was resisting having his left knee bent (but didn't register anything when she felt his back). They're doing blood work (including thyroid) so we're hoping that its from an easy to remedy issue (electrolyte imbalance or low thyroid (which might also explain the crusty spots on his nose)). Medicine seems like such an inexact science sometimes!

He has been slowing down for a while now, and over the past few weeks has had a hard time getting up and down stairs and into the car etc. I wish we had a definitive diagnosis, but part of it might just be that he is an old dude.

A friend of mine says it might be arthritis.

Poor Cuddles! I just hope he feels better soon.

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 Post subject: Re: Cuddles can't get up
PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 5:10 pm 
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If it is arthritis rimadyl should help him out. Barney tried a guinea pig sized dose of rimadyl for his stiff old man hips but as he was a herbivore I'm not sure how well he got along with the meat flavouring.


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 Post subject: Re: Cuddles can't get up
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I absolutely love it when you put up pictures of Cuddles. He is the most appropriately named dog, because that's all I want to do when I see his sweet face.

Getting old is tough! I'm glad the Rimadyl helped him perk up a little bit, I know it hurts so bad when your beloved pet is getting old and you can only do so much to help.

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 Post subject: Re: Cuddles can't get up
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Thank you Erika! That is exactly right! It is really hard and it comes both suddenly and inevitably. I've been noticing him slowing down, but I really am in denial that he isn't going to be my dog forever.

He is also my first baby, and loving him has changed me so much. I wouldn't be who I am without him, without feeling that unconditional love that would make you do anything for them. My whole life would be different without him, and I don't really want to think of a day without him. He is just so sweet and loving. I wish he could be a perpetual pitty, like K-9, transcending time.

He seems to be doing even better now, which makes me think it is arthritis - because apparently they start to be more like their former selves after they warm up a bit. He ate a big dinner, drank lots of water and followed me around wagging his tail.

Thanks so much everyone.

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Oh, I'm so happy he's loosening up and on the move. It's definitely sounding like arthritis.

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Sending good thoughts to Cuddles!!

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 Post subject: Re: Cuddles can't get up
PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2014 8:34 pm 
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I'm glad to hear Cuddles is feeling better. It is true that arthritic dogs have a tough time getting up but warm up and feel better once they've been moving. It's been awhile since I've been on the PPK, but you used to comment on my stuff all of the time! I'm back now, and in my 3rd year of vet school, so feel free to ask me questions if you like! Did the vet recommend any supplements to help him out with his old age? Like Glucosamine or Fish oil?


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