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She is having trouble with her back legs. She is 16.5 years…

She is having trouble...

She is having trouble with her back legs. She is 16.5 years old. She herniated a few discs in 2011. She was wobbly yesterday and today is really struggling. She is a pure bred border collie. Her eyes are cloudy, but she looks really sad! No tilting. Gums look good. Responds to her name. Just the legs.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. What is the dog's name?

Maddie

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Maddie?

She is doing remarkably well for her age. This is the first real sign of her age. She has an abscessed tooth and is up for her annual in a month. The tooth will be dealt with after blood work. No other issues.

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Is Maddie taking anything for pain?

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
I just gave her a tramodal
Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Not sure if spelling.

Is she on any anti-inflammatories?

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Not at this time.

Well with herniated Discs anti-inflammatories are essential and also are prudent in 16 year old dog...

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
She had surgery for the discs. Is Rimadyl an anti inflammatory?

I would strongly recommend a vet visit and discuss with your vet getting your dog on daily meloxicam for the back problems along with gabapentin as needed starting at low dose and working up....

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Ok. In the meantime, can I do anything to make her more comfy?

how much does you dog weigh?

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
38 lbs

and is your tramadol 50 mg?

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You can give 1 1/2 tablets or 75 mg every 8 hours for pain...but see your vet soon....

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Can I answer any other questions?

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
We will go tomorrow. The emergency vet is also an option but I live on the third floor and I am not sure how we would get downstairs.
Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Would ice or heat help?

So you can use ice pack with two towels below it.....(two layers)

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I would not do heat since this is acute flare up.....

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Ok. Great.

if back legs get worse go to the ER....

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can I answer any other questions?

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Ok. Will do. It’s really expensive. And I don’t know how I would get her downstairs because I would have to carry her. It’s icy and we might fall. But I will try the ice.

Please rate me 5 stars for prompt service....thank you very much! DRB and let me know if you need additional help...

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Please remember my answers do not replace or supersede the advice of your veterinarian as my answers do not create a valid client patient relationship as I am unable to examine your pet. Thank you very much! DrB

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do you need any further help?

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
No thank you!

sure thing!

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thank you and let me know if you need additional help..DRB

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Ok. Thank you.

sure..

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I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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