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Griff and wobblers

I haven't been on here in forever. Griffin is somewhere north of 12 years old now and his Wobblers has steadily gotten worse over the past few months. The vet and I have him on pain relief and I've made a list of things that he likes doing and is able to do at this point, as a way to track how he's doing. He's going in on Wednesday for another checkup (and more meds).

He has trouble doing the stairs on his own, so I help him with a lifting harness. He's losing function in his right front leg. He falls more often and I don't allow him near stairs unless I'm there to help. But he still plays, enjoys going for slow walks, napping in the sun, and wants to eat everything I feed him, which to be honest, is whatever he wants at this point. Cheese and bacon are favorites.

I know where this is going and that I'm going to have a tough decision to make soon. I just wanted to touch base here. I brought Griff home in 2008 and joined this forum soon after. The past few weeks have been hard, and I'm appreciating whatever time I have left with my red dog.
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So sorry you’re going through this--we may have a similar decision sometime soon. I do think you will know when it is time.
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I know how hard this is for you watching your beautiful boy. I wish him and you the best
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I'm glad to see you check in, but I'm sorry to hear Griff is not doing well. Even having them reach 12 years...I know we still want more time! You and Griff will be in my thoughts.


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So sorry about Griff. I'm sure you're enjoying every single minute with him. Our last boy was 12 but it didn't seem long enough. Hugs.

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I'm so sorry Griff isn't doing well. My 10+ year old Wobbler girl is going through a tough time as well, and it's heartbreaking to see them like this.

I'm not sure if it's an option for you, but we've been treating Roxy with an Assisi Loop (purchased from the vet). We "loop" her 2x a day and it's working really well for her. If you have any questions about it, I'd be happy to answer anything that I can.

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I would like more info about the loop. I'm for anything that makes him happy.

And thank you all for your support. He made it around the yard and is now sleeping after eating dinner and having a few treats. I'm very fortunate that he's reached 12 years. He's always a good boy.
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If I sound like I work for the place, I promise that I do not - I've just been extremely impressed with what it has done for Roxy.

The Assisi loop is an "FDA-cleared Non-Pharmaceutical Anti-Inflammatory Device." When we first got it for Roxy, she wasn't necessarily in a bad place, but a place where she needed a little assistance to get from one laser appointment to the next. Back then, she was getting "looped" once every other day or so.

The first week of April, she had a complete collapse, could not stand, could not walk; we honestly thought it was the end. I carried her into the vet the next day and somehow, they were able to get her back to "okay" with some seriously amazing acupuncture. That said, to get her to back to "good," we were going to the vet 2x a week and looping 2x a day. We also increased her gabapentin to 3x a day. She was a little out of sorts on the extra gaba, but it helped get her to where she is now.

We are still doing the loop, 2x a day, and going to the vet "as needed" for laser and acupuncture. She's back down to gaba 2x a day.

So, back to when we started the loop. They did her first treatment in the office to see how it would work for her (before we bought a loop for at-home use). Unfortunately, we were leaving to go on vacation the next day and my mom was moving in to take are of the dogs. I didn't tell her about the loop treatment, what it might do, etc., because I wanted her honest opinion of how Roxy did throughout the week. Without my even asking, she reported that Roxy was much more energetic at the beginning of the week, she was running and playing with Dexter and by the end of the week, she pretty much just wanted to be on the couch. That was enough to convince me to buy the loop for more frequent treatments.

When you put the loop on, you push the button and it will run for 15 minutes - the dog can be doing anything while this is going on - Roxy is usually on the couch or in bed. We have had times where the loop will prompt a bowel movement, so we do try to do the loop after she's gone, so she won't have to go outside right after starting the loop (we don't send her outside with it). The lights will flash while it's running, then stop when the 15 minutes are up. I believe you can use the loop up to 4x a day and each loop has (approximately) 150 sessions. We bought our first one on 11/11/16 and just purchased our second on 6/9/17. Obviously, we are going to use this one up quicker than the first, but it works so well for Roxy, that I think it's definitely worth it. Oh, and while the majority of her treatments are around her neck, our vet showed us how we can put it on other parts of her body if she's looking like something else might be bothering her.

This is the Assisi Loop webpage: Assisi Animal Health.

This is a picture of Roxy during one of her first, at-home, loop treatments:



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Thank you! I'll check that out, and get a script from Griff's vet. She's a good vet, knows her stuff, and will be on board with it.
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Griff passed away. He woke up one morning last week and was mostly paralyzed on the right side. I took him to the vet that afternoon. He had hamburgers, sausage, cheese, lots of treats, and ice cream, and got lots of love.

He was a very good dog, and I miss him very much. I'll never have another dog like him and his sweet self.
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Griff passed away. He woke up one morning last week and was mostly paralyzed on the right side. I took him to the vet that afternoon. He had hamburgers, sausage, cheese, lots of treats, and ice cream, and got lots of love.

He was a very good dog, and I miss him very much. I'll never have another dog like him and his sweet self.
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I am sorry for your loss. RIP Griff
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I"m so sorry to hear about Griff and wobblers. I have dealt with it twice, and the second time, was fortunate to have a vet that helped find a solution. We met with Dr Terry Durkes who did the gold bead implants and the success was such that she returned to agility. Others have found my website and had success as well. I hope that if it's ever needed, this site will provide some help. It's been up for a very long time, but I still hear from those it's helped. Wobblers..is there an alternative to surgery?
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So sorry to hear of your loss. it sounds like Griff was a great dog, wishing you all the best !!!
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Griff passed away. He woke up one morning last week and was mostly paralyzed on the right side. I took him to the vet that afternoon. He had hamburgers, sausage, cheese, lots of treats, and ice cream, and got lots of love.

He was a very good dog, and I miss him very much. I'll never have another dog like him and his sweet self.
So very sorry to hear this. You are right. You will never have another like him. But each of our different "souls" bring different things into our lives. Maybe there will be room for another in your heart when the time is right.
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So very sorry to hear this. You are right. You will never have another like him. But each of our different "souls" bring different things into our lives. Maybe there will be room for another in your heart when the time is right.
River ^^ I couldn't echo this more...so very sorry Griff is now gone.
- the real bond of a heart dog, some people never experience...your family was truly blessed with him
- and your boy, tattooed his paw print on your loving heart
May your family heal over time, and wet tears are allowed to turn into smiles of remembrance.

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