Hello, Happy Monday, I'm thankful u r here:).
I have a 17 yr old 3 legged teacup poodle
. He's not able to walk, but we do therapy in tub everyday.( he wants to walk again solo bad. Sometimes I hold him, n we " pretend" he's walking
around the house! I love my dog ( maybe too much).
He's now getting sores ( akin to bed sores in humans). I have 2 huge sheepskin things that r so soft, and whenever he is wet ( after therapy) I dry him on med. heat blow drier. He doesn't have the energy to walk ( his twisted arthritis
is preventing that). Only having 3 legs
doesn't make it easier either:(.
We have him on low dose injectable medcam. (He was refusing the oral (and he was throwing it up too).
I do tegaderm and silva diene on his wounds. They heal, but come back quickly even with a full time nurse ( RNBSN) working on my NP at University of AZ. I'm on " sabbatical " to care for him.
He keeps kicking his legs ( I think trying to walk).
Sometimes I use the 3 M gentle tape n ouch less tape for covering n cushioning the lil leg joints and his feet ( which is where he gets the sores:(.
He is no longer able to control his positioning while evacuating:(.
He hates this because he's such a clean sweet n kind of " prissy)... If he were human he'd be categorized as obsessive compulsively clean!
He still eats well to keep him at his normal 3 lb. all meats puréed n so forth because he has only a few teeth left.
He drinks ( with much assistance as well).. About a cup of water a day. I can not leave his lil bowl for free drinking because he falls in it, I'm afraid he'll drown.
Recently there's been rapid decline in his vision as well.
He has another companion dog n lately she's been growling at him and tries to bite him. I give her equil ( but definitely different ) attention.
Enough of his history!
My question has to do with pain. He cries a sound sometimes that I know is pain cry ( wimperish).
He never used to do this.
Can I give the poor lil guy oxycodone? Like 1 mg ?
Occasionally I give him 20mg of neurontin.
However, it seems this combo is not working as well as it used to:(.
His immobility and total care n assistance has been about 3 mo. Now.
The docs in Malibu and the ones in Green valley think he's a miracle dog! I do pray a lot:).
I'm not able to euthanize him because I just can not. He still is fighting to live! And I'm not the only one in the family... Others simply don't believe in that either.
He ( Sassy) short 4 " Sasquatch , has been hiding his head under his blankets. And moans.
I have instruction of what to do when his lil spirit leaves us. ( I'm having him freeze dried I a fetal like position so he can peacefully rest in his favorite sheep skin bed.
That is 4 me. Sounds CRAZY, I know. I've held this lil guy more than I held my own kids. The hours😂the all night shifts.... Et al.
Also, are those " blister band aids " ok to use on his lil foot pads? One of his feet has 2 open (1mm) sores, perfectly round ... (Akin to bedsores on a human).
He also has a throat tumor ( diagnosed 7 months ago) by a new veterinarian. She wanted to euthanize him then ( right before Christmas). That was not an option 4 U.S.
He takes torbutrol for tracheal prolapse ( he's taken that 4 the last 5 years).
Is there anything ( other that euthanizing the lil guy) that u can think of to help with his end of life care? Please, anything that comes to U about his care, will be heard, loud n clear ( except euthanasia).