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Sean was fine all day long yesterday, i.e. walked 2 miles without any signs of stress, ate, took his usual meds., etc. Then after dinner he started limping on his rear leg and within a few hours could not get up at all. Being the calm, low key person that I am I started to freak.
I couldn't wait until morning and DH and I brought him in to the Emergency Vet Critical Care Ctr. which fortunately is approx. 15 min. from our house. (Sean's specialty vet is there also so we know the location well.)

After poking and prodding, the emer. vet said she did not see any signs of ligament damage, etc. and he had full range of motion. She tried walking him herself for awhile and after holding his leg up eventually he tried to put weight on it to walk. She recommended an anti-inflammatory, Deramaxx, for 4 days and said if he's not better to have the orthopedic specialist look at him. I asked if the Deramaxx would interfere with any of the other meds. he's on and she said no. But I forgot to ask how soon the med. kicks in. Does anyone know how long it takes for Deramaxx to work? Experience with this med.?
 

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I've only personal experience with Rimadyl. Where I work prescribes Deramaxx for the situation you describe. It should start to work quite quickly. If Sean wants to rest, let him. Rest is the best thing for any type of muscle injury/overexercertion (I think that's spelled wrong, sorry). Short term use of anti-inflamatories is fine. Long term you need to do blood work. Keep us posted about Sean's progress!
 

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Originally Posted By: JenM66 Keep us posted about Sean's progress!
Thanks Jen, still limping somewhat yesterday but much better today. I think he is on the mend and we are happy campers again!
 

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Sean - what's up, buddy? Get well so Mom can stop freaking.

Marlene - hope Sean is doing good tonight. They sure keep us worried, don't they?
 
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