Levi Hurts Again

At CampW
Yesterday the dogs were running out the back door and Chase bumped into Levi, and Levi went down. He couldn’t get up on his own so I lifted him up. Unfortunately, since then, he’s been in pain again. Walking with a bit of a roach back and very tentatively. I don’t want to keep putting him on prednisone. But I did give him some of the trazadone today to help him feel better. It’s time to really get serious about this. He’s already on Glucosamine, but I’m going to call Cottonwood Vets and ask them about Adequan, as Dr. Hennemen said that it could help him. I’ve also ordered some Duralactin for him.

I’m also going to look into getting him acupuncture on a regular basis. Unfortunately my schedule is really messy right now, since we are transitioning to five day work weeks, but at the same time I have time off the next couple of weekends because of flyball and then agility. But I’m going to make the time for my Levi, as he means the world to me and I want to give him everything I possibly can to make him feel better.

Levi did so good at camp… but really he is fine, if he’s not pushed over, if his back isn’t twisted. That’s where his pain comes from. The arthritic bridge in his spine. He’s my heart and soul, this boy. I wish he could live as long as me. He’ll be twelve in just under a month. He still has to have some good years ahead of him. I’m thinking of looking into Reiki as well.

Maybe the cooler weather will help him, maybe it will hurt him, I’m not sure. My boy… I want him to get better. Even though I realize he is on the downward slide of his life now. 🙁

6 thoughts on “Levi Hurts Again”

  1. Cynthia,

    I had my Nala on Adequan towards the end of her life and it really seemed to help her. I also got acupuncture for both Nala and Rocco and while it didn’t cure anything, it sure made them feel more comfortable. Good luck with Levy and I hope it helps him.


    1. Thanks for your words, Flo, I haven’t really known anyone who has used Adequan so I’m glad it helped! I have an appt for Levi on the 28th to check it out for him.

  2. It’s nice to see someone so dedicated to his dog. My good friend have a female boxer, she is recently diagnosed with cancer, i just can’t stand to look her sufferng as she reminds me on my Jessy(also female boxer). I sincerly wish your Levi to live long life without pain.

  3. Breeze has been on Adequain and gets regular chiro and accupuncture, what about loooking into some massage maybe either a good book or video that might have some good techniques or even accupressure-I have been trying to find some good resources I could use to help my dogs in between how often I can take them for appointments…. Maybe some exercises on a balance disc or some strength building????? Just something like that to help tip the balance and keep him feeling good. He is lucky to have a loving care taker ;-).

    1. Good ideas Kathy thanks, I should get a book for between the days I can’t get him into a vet, too. Work just gets in the darn way. I don’t think he could get on a balance ball anymore, but the ramp from the back yard is a good thing for him to climb up too. 🙂

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