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  1. #26
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    Apr 2012
    Not sure how similar a cat is to a dog with regards to the circulatory system. We had two birmans, brother/sister twins. One a little over a year ago started having weakness in his hand legs. Started falling, etc. One cause of this is a clot in the artery that goes to the hind legs. The artery splits when it gets to the hips and of course becomes smaller, causing the clot to lodge in that area, leading to weakness of the rear legs and eventually worse.

    He ended up dying May of last year.

    His sister started exhibiting the same symptoms a couple months later and soon after died. Sucked. What're the odds of the same cause being the cause of death of two cats within a couple months?
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  2. #27
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
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    This was our buddy Jakey. He was a 100lb Lab/Mastiff and he was almost 12. A vet told my wife he would have hip issues his whole life and not make it past 8 with his health issues. On his 8th birthday we had a party for him, and had a birthday for him every year after. Seriously. We got cake and party hats.
    But then he started losing weight and his back end went out on him. He could still walk a little, but he had no control over his legs. I had to “wheelbarrow” him around with a towel under his waist. I had to carry him up and down stairs, and normally he wouldn’t let me hug him, but he was ok with this. We knew it was the end, and he did too. He was ok with it.

    My wife took that picture of him when she told him he was getting a bacon wrapped filet for dinner. He loved bacon.

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  3. #28
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    Dec 2005
    Central OR
    Good looking pup, CA; looks like my Loki. Love the sugar-face lab mixes.

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  4. #29
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    This is Bailey. I birthed her and she lived a very very active life. She even has a doggie first decent. But now, her hips are understandably shot, but her brain is in fuck you mode.

    The best. I've had a ton of dogs over the years starting with my parents as breeders. This is the pinnacle. I fully look forward to putting that cartridge in her head. She deserves it. Her mom deserves a ton of credit too. They kept each other alive. Through some very tough times.

  5. #30
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Verdi NV
    Interested to hear how the OP's pooch is doing now that he has VET/Drug intervention

    You never know

    Hoping for some good news
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  6. #31
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    He’s doing well. Still struggles but not nearly as bad.

  7. #32
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    seedeeppow, best to you and your bud

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    NSAIDs can be magic
    Very true. My bud Ted's dog Phoebe, a veteran ski touring dog -- some mags have run into Pheobe on tours -- has really perked up since she started a course of doggie NSAIDs.

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    Just a word of warning on meloxicam, dose very carefully. It is nasty stuff, good at the proper dose, but can cook kidneys very easily.
    Yup. Applies to humans too. I am currently on a post-TKR surgery meloxicam course. My dosing stops early next week, 2 weeks after surgery. I will likely then switch to naproxen sodium.

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