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      So the vet gave him a clean bill of health today, but asked about LP symptoms. She said even she couldn't tell if he was just excited or actually having trouble breathing. She listened to his lungs and said he sounded great, but did not look convinced and warned me that I need to make sure I'm letting him slow with age, and that his days could be numbered. Since his appetite is great still, and we were unsure of the breathing, and when she saw him collapse, it was obviously because of one knee only, she said it might not be LP, but she's not ruling it out.

      His other vet says he's in remarkable shape for a man his age and sees a bright future for him with several years left.

      Tonight, I gave him tramadol because he wore himself thin and was obviously hurting, and he seems confused. He hasn't had it in several days, so it may just be a lack of tolerance (he often looks very high/sedate on it).

      He is not eating his dinner, but he did eat TONS of red Robin earlier tonight. He could actually be full. He ate that much - a bacon cheese burger and a half, two orders of fries and an order of cheese sticks - I know that's horrible, but he's 13 and I think he deserves stuff like that once in a while as long as it's not too often.

      I'm kinda worried about him tonight... I had to wrap his rimadyl in cheese, which is weird, he went outside pointlessly at night (he has night blindness) just to lay in the grass... he loves laying in the grass, so it could just be that he wanted his connection with nature (we were either in and out of buildings or the car all day). Or it could be night wandering? Without the wandering? I don't know... he just seems off tonight. I think it's just the tramadol and I'm freaking because of what the vet said. I hope so. Like I said, the other vet thinks otherwise... he hasn't been seeing him long, but he spends more time with him and correctly dx'd a difficult eye condition that the vet he's been going to had just simply written off as cataracts - it's not. He only has limited night vision. He sees fine in the day.

      We did finally get his teeth brushed... also weird... last time, he tried to eat the toothbrush. This time, he resisted, but there were two of us and he's heavily sedated.

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      What?!!? When I read he ate Red Robin, I was like no there must be some dog food named that.... Cripe, the pup was probably felt nausea from all the fast food, probably why he wasn't interested in eating the toothbrush.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Remy View Post
      What?!!? When I read he ate Red Robin, I was like no there must be some dog food named that.... Cripe, the pup was probably felt nausea from all the fast food, probably why he wasn't interested in eating the toothbrush.
      I only give him crap once in a while, like I said. It was special order. Nothing on it, gluten-free because he can't have wheat. He looked high all night. I think it was his meds. 😊 He's back to normal again. And don't worry, he won't be getting anything like that for a while. I don't want him getting heart problems or anything.

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      I think the main issue with that treat dinner is related more to the fat and sodium content. If his cough had anything to do with congestive heart failure, which you said it doesn't, the high sodium wouldn't be good. Otherwise super high fat intake and pancreatitis seem to be linked. I think dogs don't generally get the same atherosclerotic heart disease humans do. I'm glad he seems less stoned now!


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      Quote Originally Posted by smartrock View Post
      I think the main issue with that treat dinner is related more to the fat and sodium content. If his cough had anything to do with congestive heart failure, which you said it doesn't, the high sodium wouldn't be good. Otherwise super high fat intake and pancreatitis seem to be linked. I think dogs don't generally get the same atherosclerotic heart disease humans do. I'm glad he seems less stoned now!


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      Oh yes. I'm aware. I took care of a 20+ year old labradoodle who suffered terribly with pancreatitis. That's why I try to be cautious. Thank you for your concern, though. 💜

      So his lab results came back bad. Kidney enzymes high, ALT very high, AST slightly high. He needs denamarin, which I'm learning is HORRIFICALLY expensive for his size.

      Does anybody know where I can get 1700mg of this per day for under $100? That's about all I can afford, with all his other costs...

      he's already about $300 a month to keep alive and moving... his pain med cost went down, since he can't take rimadyl. He'll be on gabapentin & tramadol now.

      This is heartbreaking... and his vet scared me yesterday. 😢

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      Quote Originally Posted by Angela_WM View Post
      Oh yes. I'm aware. I took care of a 20+ year old labradoodle who suffered terribly with pancreatitis. That's why I try to be cautious. Thank you for your concern, though. 

      So his lab results came back bad. Kidney enzymes high, ALT very high, AST slightly high. He needs denamarin, which I'm learning is HORRIFICALLY expensive for his size.

      Does anybody know where I can get 1700mg of this per day for under $100? That's about all I can afford, with all his other costs...

      he's already about $300 a month to keep alive and moving... his pain med cost went down, since he can't take rimadyl. He'll be on gabapentin & tramadol now.

      This is heartbreaking... and his vet scared me yesterday. 
      You may want to see if it's available at a human pharmacy. The vet could send the prescription there.
      I didn't know you could take gabapentin & tramdaol together...I thought it was one or the other.
      Also, for anti inflammatory there is a new one called Galliprant that is not supposed to have the side effects of rimdayl, etc. The downside is that it is pricey.

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      Quote Originally Posted by TXLabLover View Post
      You may want to see if it's available at a human pharmacy. The vet could send the prescription there.
      I didn't know you could take gabapentin & tramdaol together...I thought it was one or the other.
      Also, for anti inflammatory there is a new one called Galliprant that is not supposed to have the side effects of rimdayl, etc. The downside is that it is pricey.
      I had them send it to Costco. It's $150 a mammoth. We're hoping it's not a lifetime med.

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