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Last year our boxer was sick....head tilted, trembling, yelping....the vet said he had an infused spine and gave steroids which helped a little but he was peeing and having diarrhea everywhere so they tried a non steroid
and pain meds. They weren’t working and he was getting worse....took a long time just for him to get up in the morning, so they advised to bring him to a specialist. The specialist said without an MRI they couldn’t know for sure what’s wrong....but that would be 3K so they said they thought it could be an infection, possible meningitis or encephalitis and tried him on an antibiotic....it worked and in a few weeks he was back to his old self. A few months ago he started trembling again and seemed in pain, he didn’t have the head tilt like he did before or trouble lifting his head. We took him back to the vet and they said it was his spine and gave him the pain meds again....this time they worked....now a few months later he is trembling and yelping again and just seems really sad and out of it....dr advised to double the meds but it isn’t working. His heart and lungs are good and he is eating fine but I feel like he is in a lot of pain. We are giving him Tramadol, Gabopentin, and Rimadyl but doesn’t seem to be helping. We just went to the vet today and they think it’s his spine and doubled the the Gabopentin dose and we are trying the antibiotics again. They said we should try steroids again if this doesn’t work. I guess I will just have to deal with the side effects of it if it’s the only way to help him. Is steroids the only way to help with pain? I’m not ready to put him down yet. We thought we where going to have to last year but he got better. He will be 11 in Dec and I know that is old for a boxer but I know some that live until 12.


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