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Old 12-25-2010, 11:36 AM
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He also would be comfortable with Jack taking Metacam for the rest of his life if it works for him. With frequent monitoring of his blood work.
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Hope things work out well for you and Jack. I'm glad you plan to monitor his blood work. We feel one mistake we made was not getting at least a kidney/liver panel when Ruffles was first diagnosed. Of course, she was old and had other issues--Jack is young and doesn't have diabetes. Both of those factors are in his favor.

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Old 01-08-2011, 07:37 AM
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Natalie, how is Jack doing lately? Any improvements in his condition?

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Old 01-08-2011, 09:56 AM
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Hi Louise! Thanks for asking.

I've been trying to get around to composing an update for the neurologist and still haven't managed it! Here's my chance to update here and him! My work tends toward feast or famine and there's been a burst of activity this week after the holidays.

My general take on the Gabapentin is that if it's helping it's only a very small amount of pain relief.

Sometimes he has seemed more cheerful.

But the drug also has had a pretty big sedating effect. Which on Jack can, for us humans, look like a good thing! He displays it in kind of a sweet way... But - besides being wrong to control your dog's problem behavior by making him sleepy - the sedation makes it hard to tell how much the Gabapentin is helping him. Plus the weather and park closure have limited his exercise recently.

He still sometimes limps and his back right leg will roll. I took him for a very slow but longer than usual walk a couple of days ago. About 22 to 24 minutes, and he was limping and quite tired by the time we got back to the car.

The other thing I have noticed over weeks of wiping his feet through this rainy spell is that there is less resistance in his back right leg than in the left one. If I push up on it from the bottom, he doesn't resist much and it feels light when I pick it up. If that has changed at all, it is only a slight change.

So the Gaba is definitely no miracle cure and I do believe that he has some weakness from lack of communication over the spinal cord. But he's no worse either. It seems like the regular car ride and acupuncture sessions were hard on his back as he was much worse those weeks than he is now.

I'm tending toward it's not doing enough for him to justify having him on it but am considering tapering it off and see if a fresh look at him off of it will give me a clearer idea of what it does for him.

I can say that, other than making him somewhat sleepy (he's more than capable of rousing out of it to play and was hyper yesterday when I couldn't get him out of the house for even a drive), he has suffered no other side effects at all. So it has seemed to be very safe for him.

We are about to do a blood panel to check his kidney and liver values again. And I'm finally going to give in and let the techs trim his nails.

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Old 01-08-2011, 10:32 AM
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Hi Natalie,

It almost looks like (if I am reading and comprehending right) that he is not in any significant pain, which I guess is good.

Also with all the rain that California has been getting, would humidity exarcerbate his condition?

Thank goodness he has someone as knowledgeable as you to care for him.

Come on Jack, give mommy a break.

PS: More work for you is good. Ah the joys of consulting work... earnings up and down... I sure don't miss those days

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Old 01-08-2011, 10:45 AM
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I'm glad he's not worse Natalie, but sorry it hasn't been a miracle drug for him.
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Old 01-09-2011, 04:48 PM
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Natalie - as much as I love animals and dogs in particular, if I had to, I would give up ownership to only you!
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Old 01-09-2011, 05:08 PM
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I'm sure Natalie is thinking <wow, back the truck up here< cause there's a lot of people who think like you Pam.

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If we're not careful, Natalie could end up with 947 dogs.

Hehe!

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Old 01-11-2011, 05:44 AM
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Carol - I just couldn't help but laugh at your comment....I love Pip but I would also love for Natalie to take him and then send him back to me "all good and trained". LOL

Are you listening Natalie?
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Natalie has left the country out of earshot.

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