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1) Is Tuff on any medications aside from glucosamine? 2) Any x-rays to check for spinal or joint abnormalities?
Thank you for your reply, Jason. I apologize greatly for the delay. Somehow your reply did not show up for me until just now.Because Tuff is 12 years of age, I would recommend having an evaluation performed and perhaps also some x-rays obtained. At this age, he's likely dealing with some arthritis and regardless of what the 'common issues' are for such a breed, we are often able to give some relief with canine-safe NSAIDs and pain medications. The x-rays would be useful in determining if the shoulders are primarily the issue or also the spine and other joints. It's not uncommon for us to see that dogs are tender with symptoms of shaking when pain sets in, which is why I am urging you to pursue having your vet prescribe something to make him more comfortable. It's obvious to me with the shaking and flinching behaviors that he is not comfortable.Your vet may recommend rimadyl, metacam, or a similar NSAID and may wish to try something like tramadol for pain, if needed. It's common to start with NSAIDs and add medication for pain later, if needed. Often we see that pets respond within 12 hours of their first dosage, too, and continue to improve once daily doses are given.
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