Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Luc starting gabapentin
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Well, earlier this year (late May) Luc had laryngeal tie-back surgery for his laryngeal paralysis and has done well out of that. He has the associated polyneuropathy in his hind end so his back legs are wasting and there's not a lot we can do about it unfortunately (which I have trouble accepting). It was windy last Thursday and he was getting blown over but luckily now we take him out on a 'Help em up' harness which has a hind end handle so I could keep him up.
He's had fairly significant arthritis in his spine for quite some time. We took him off pain meds for awhile as we didn't notice a change, but our vet felt very strongly he should go back on metacam so he's on the 10kg dosage (he's 49lbs, which is low-20s kgs).
Then he got sick a few weeks ago. Pukes, diarrhea, temperature. He went to emerg and got a bunch of stuff, then we followed up with our vet (elevated WBC, all other bloodwork GREAT). Two antibiotics for 10 days, including metronidazole for his gut. His poops improved and we were happy again.
Starting late last week he started having diarrhea in the house. It was around the time we increased his metacam dosage to 15kg (our vet felt he should be up around a 20kg dosage). We decided to take him off metacam, then thought, no, let's stop the B-complex because he's having diarrhea during the day too (he got the b-complex twice a day) and metacam only at night. Still upset stomach. We stopped everything but his thyroid tab (so no fish oil/B-complex/metacam) last night and started him on probiotics. His poops are still soft (he's also getting pumpkin) but formed though covered in mucuous. He did not have an accident overnight last night nor while we were at work today. That's faster than I would expect a probiotic to work so I think it's the removal of the metacam.
Talked to vet some more and they said to start him on gabapentin for pain. We pick it up tomorrow. I take gabapentin for anxiety (off-label) and my husband has taken it successfully for nerve pain.
I really hope this helps. He's been on tramadol and that made him puke.
He's now 15.5 years old and I want him to live out his remaining years in comfort. Him being sick a few weeks ago really scared us, he was really out of it (Neb and Xerxes seemed to have a bit of a bug too, but recovered easily - not Luc). I know we won't have him forever, and maybe not even that much longer, but nothing on its own seems enough to euthanize. It's just he's having a bit of a tough go. And because he's so old it's hit him hard.
Luc 15.5 yo GSD
Neb, husky/terrier/lab? X, DOB 18.4.2008
Xerxes, beagle, ~3yo
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