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What to do? Our Sheltie won't get up...

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Our ten-year-old Sheltie refuses to get up today. This has happened before, I regret to say that he managed to go next door and eat the neighbor's grapes a few years back, and although we didn't know this could cause kidney failure, he couldn't get his hindquarters off the ground for a few days and just lay around. Yet he could go down the stairs and do his business....

Same thing today. Since then, the vet has him on Meloxicam and Tramadol, and just yesterday he was playing with our other dog, our young Westie.... This morning I found him under my computer desk, refusing to get up. My husband, who gets up at the crack of dawn, said he seemed stiff, but gave him his meds and left him alone. He is not eating, but we gave him some coconut oil, which he LOVED. He takes Omega 3s and the usual arthritis stuff, something called Arthropower: Glucosamine & chondroitin, MSM, Manganese, etc. . . .

We're trying to decide whether we should take him to the emergency vet (wickedly expensive), or just watch him until our vet appointment in the morning (the regular vet "doesn't have time" to see him, according to whoever picked up the phone in the office, which annoys me greatly).

I'm a little freaked out, because we just lost our other Sheltie on the back porch of a vacation cottage; in that case, it was probably time for him to go, he had heart failure and seizures; but he was 12 and right on schedule. It's just that when you just lost one...


Thanks, Eklutna
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Let me understand, your Vet was open and seeing patients, but didn't have time to see an emergency patient!!!!!!!??? To add insult to injury, your dog is one of his regular patients!! I would get past whoever it was that answered the phone and get this info to your Vet. If indeed this is the case, IMO its time for a new Vet. Meanwhile IMO a Vet needs to see your dog, sooner rather than later.
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Sounds like you have taken the proverbial 'bull' by the horns. Lets hope that the arthritis pain can be controlled, and nothing more serious is going on, that can't be managed. As far as the tramadol dosage, eight seems high, depending on mg per tablet, but I am not a Vet so not qualified to really advise you. Your Vet has access to what the maximum allowable dosage, and that is certainly something he or she would be willing to share with you. Wish you luck and hoping all goes well with further testing etc. Keep us posted with your progress.
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