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Hello, this is Dr. Jess. I am very sorry to hear about your dilemma. This can be a hard decision to make. Has your vet talked about adding any additional medication or supplements for arthritis?
Is your dog still eating and drinking normally?
Is she having incontinence issues (pooping and peeing in the house)?
Does she still seek you out for affection and enjoy her normal activities?
Is she able to sleep normally?
Ok. I would consider discussing with your vet whether they feel other options may be available to help decrease arthritis pain. These could include:
Adding a glucosamine chondroitinhttp://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=542 supplement such as Dasuquin or starting Adequan injectionshttp://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&A=1800&S=0&EVetID=0 to help with joint health,
Adding a second pain medication such as Tramadolhttp://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=1815, Gabapentinhttp://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=2764, or Amantadinehttp://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=2781.
One of these may help improve your dog's pain control.
I am also going to attach a link here to an article which includes a form you can print out to use to evaluate your dog's quality of life. I would recommend going ahead and filling it out to get an overview of how your dog is doing right now. It can be helpful to have these specific questions to answer. You can continue to fill out the chart weekly or every few weeks, which may help you tell if your dog is declining. It sounds like other than the arthritis her quality of life is still good, so if we can perhaps make her a little more comfortable, she may continue for a while with a good quality of life. Here is the article: http://vet.osu.edu/assets/pdf/hospital/companionAnimals/HonoringtheBond/HowDoIKnowWhen.pdf
Please let me know if you have any additional questions or if the links do not come through for you.
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