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Old 11-29-2012, 02:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi everyone. I've been MIA for a while. Hurrican Sandy had me without power for 2 weeks at home and my business. Now I've been playing catch up.

I need advice on my senior, Winnie. Winnie started sleep pooping about 6 months ago. We've learned to deal with it and the vet had no explanation other than he is getting old. I have him on daily glucosomine for his arthritis and a pain pill (tramadol) only when needed. I picked up some Rimadyl from the vet but try not to use too much for him because I am afraid of the effect on his kidneys/liver. The past week, Winnie's front paw buckles under when he gets up. I place it where it should be and he works it out, but I am getting very concerned. Since we adopted him he has had bad balance and back leg issues that the vet said were most likely neurological but since they weren't progressing it might be from a prior accident, long term poor nutrition etc. from before we adopted him 3 yrs ago. All the vet can see is that he has arthritis, but the knuckling under is freaking me out. He is very resistent to getting up after being at rest for a while. I'm just getting scared that my old boy is winding down on me. I don't even know just how old he is. I bought him grippy socks to help with his balance on the hard floor surfaces, but his front paw still buckles under when he gets up from resting for a longer period. Anyone?
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Old 11-29-2012, 03:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Aww... poor Winnie.

I don't know what to tell you, but the paw buckling under itself usually is neurological based. Maybe there is an underlying issue from the neglect before and with the arthritis the combination makes him too uncomfortable to get up after.

I wonder if there is a non-invasive test the vet can do to see if its something that manageable? It's worth a try
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Old 11-29-2012, 03:53 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Aww... poor Winnie.

I don't know what to tell you, but the paw buckling under itself usually is neurological based. Maybe there is an underlying issue from the neglect before and with the arthritis the combination makes him too uncomfortable to get up after.

I wonder if there is a non-invasive test the vet can do to see if its something that manageable? It's worth a try
I think she is going to point me to a specialist. He has an appt next week for blood work too. I'll find out the info on the specialist then.
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