Why is the rum gone?
Join Date: May 2009
Dogs Name: Griffin and Viking (GSD)
Dogs Age: 11 and 1
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Griffin went on a cocktail of Tramadol and Gabapetin. Gaba is a spinal nerve blocker and Tram is the NSAID. He tolerates both of those drugs well. Our vet said steroids are an option if he worsens in the future, but he's been doing well for now. She wanted to try pain relief and NSAIDs before making the jump to steroids.
I elected not to do surgery because of his age and general prognosis. He hasn't needed any pain meds since February and is very functional and content. That being said, if he was 3 and not 7 when he was diagnosed, I'd be looking into surgery and gold bead implants too.
He does have a step to get into the Jeep, to limit jumping. Elevated food and water bowls to keep him from straining his neck. And no collars, ever. I want to buy a better harness than the one we use for Nosework, the one 4Dobes linked looks perfect. I did try a no-pull harness, but that made him trip, so that's out.
I also limit where and for how long we go hiking. His balance isn't that great, and some of the trails we used to go on are out because I don't want to risk him tripping. We just pick gentler areas and I make him stop when he starts getting tired.