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Old 06-23-2019, 04:24 PM
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Is there any care for lame dog left alone??

My dog has osteoarthritis and for the past year has had joint issues but could walk around, get up and down okay. The past couple days, however, I have come home from work to find her lying down and she could not get up and I have no idea how long she was like that. The carpet was soaked from her panting and she had soiled herself both times. I get her up and she can walk around okay after a minute or two but otherwise it appears to be traumatic for her. The ideal situation is to have someone watch her while I am at work. Everyone I know either works or lives too far away. I cannot kennel her or take her to day care as she no longer gets vaccinations (and many medications) as she has the MDR1 mutant gene.

I know I cannot allow her to continue like this. Of course I have been told by others that perhaps it is time to say good-bye. I am having a very difficult time with this decision as she is in excellent health otherwise. I guess in desperation I am reaching far and wide for some possible ideas or miracle that can help in such a situation.

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Old 06-23-2019, 04:54 PM
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Has she been seen by a vet recently?

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My dog has osteoarthritis and for the past year has had joint issues but could walk around, get up and down okay. The past couple days, however, I have come home from work to find her lying down and she could not get up

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Has she seen a vet recently? Is she on pain and anti-inflammatory medication? Joint supplements? CBD oil? Is she being treated to help improve mobility and reduce pain? If not, getting her to a vet needs to be a priority so that she has a better quality of life and maybe she'll be able to get around better.

You should also child-proof your home.

Is there a doggy day care place in your area where she can be monitored while you're at work?

I purchased a couple of security cameras so that I can check up on my dogs while away. They're $40.00 and you can use an app to move the camera angle and even talk to your dog.

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Combine medical treatment so that she can get back to moving around, with cameras to regularly check up on her.

However, if she doesn't regain mobility she really does need to be personally monitored at all times so that she doesn't suffer from a fall she can't get up from.

You have to work so that makes it a big challenge, but she shouldn't be alone.

I have a senior foster dog right now and her quality of life has improved a lot since she got on medication to help her pain and swollen joints. She's also significantly happier. She literally has a bounce in her step when she's excited. She's young at heart and her medication helps her enjoy life a lot more.

If she's already on a treatment plan then maybe you should re-visit the vet and explore other treatment that may work better for her. Good luck!

Also, I looked online and found a video made by a vet and he was showing how to massage those achy joints and get fluid moving around again. You can do a bit of physical therapy at home for her.

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Old 06-24-2019, 12:51 PM
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DogFaming,

Thank you for your reply. O' my goodness yes, she has seen her vet several times this past year, most recently 3 weeks ago. The reason I can say she is in excellent health is because she had a chem panel and blood work done in March. The results even surprise my vet at how internally healthy she is for a 12.5 yo dog. Unfortunately, other things can go wrong, too.

She is taking all the supplements you stated except for the CBD oil. I have also been giving her turmeric with her food. I child-proofed my home a couple weeks ago. Doggy day care requires that they be up on their vaccinations, she is not... long story, MDR1 mutant.

Fortunately, she doesn't fall, per se. She just can't get up and it is now appearing when she does lay down, it takes her a long, long time to figure it out, but sometimes doesn't get her legs quite right after she's down and then she is uncomfortable. I have also watched online videos and did the massage exercises for her. I'm not certain how much it actually helped her but she really enjoyed the massages, I could tell. She is walking pretty good today but no sign of getting up on her own, or when she tries, she quickly gives up and starts panting real hard.

Another thing I noticed a day or so ago is she can't seem to drink from her water bowl any more. She goes to it, but laps the air behind the bowl or above it. I have to give her water by oral syringe. My guess is this is a cognitive problem beginning.

This all just breaks my heart. I think she is telling me it is time. Gosh, this is so hard!!!

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