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Old 03-31-2016, 06:31 PM   #1
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Hi, I am lucky to have had my Gus for the past 13 years. He's a 92lb golden retriever who loves life. The problem is his body is failing him...I live in a townhome with a lot of stairs and he has started to refuse going up. I can push him but cannot lift him. He has to get up two small flights for our living space. I can tell he is in pain, he has a skip when he walks and his legs give out making him fall or trip. He is on truprofen and tramadol and has grandmal seizures monthly. I know if I lived in a ranch home we would have more time and that is killing me. I don't want to wait until he is in devastating pain but I also feel he has so much life left in his personality. I'm really struggling with what to do. I've been sleeping on the couch so he doesn't have to go up the extra set of stairs but when I shower, he is sad not being with me. Has anyone had a happy dog at the end of their life? It would be a different story if he was depressed or not eating, please share your thoughts. He is my life! Thank you.
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Old 04-01-2016, 04:48 AM   #2
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Hi Sls Welcome! Sorry that you have joined this forum under these sad circumstances! It's never easy for any one who has pet to make a decision like this. Is there any different meds that Gus could take to help him Natrual/Herbal may be? Does he still go for a small walk during the day?!! You have made some small changes so he doesn't have to climb the stairs Sounds like he has many lights still on so let them shine and enjoy the time together BTW Gus is adorable even though the pic is on the side
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Welcome to the forum, SIs. Over the past many years (I'm showing my age ), we have had several old happy dogs. As long as his leg/hip pain does not become excruciating where he is no longer happy, eating etc., I would just take it day by day and enjoy the time with Gus. That is what we have done, but of course it's a personal decision. I would talk to the vet about some pain medicine for him. Good luck and give Gus a hug for all of us.
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Old 04-01-2016, 01:11 PM   #4
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Welcome Sis318, I'm sorry to hear of the problems your dog is experiencing. I, too, have been blessed with dogs who have lived to very old ages and while it is hard to see them struggle, there is nothing like the love of an older dog. Fortunately, there are things that can help raise the quality of elderly dogs' lives. I have stairs and steps that my dogs have had to deal with as well. One of the things that was a great help to me was the Ginger Lead Harness (GingerLead Padded Belly Sling with Leash for Dogs) as well as those blue veterinary sling. You can even make something similar yourself. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGFECxUWkd4) When my dog was very senior, I just left the sling tied around her back so I could help her get up from lying down. I would also discuss other pain medications with your vet, tramadol is good but there are more effective and better-tolerated meds out there such as Deramaxx or a similar Nsaid. Quality of life is different for every dog and means different things at every age, but if he is eating and happy to just be with you, I would do my best to make him as comfortable as possible and just enjoy every minute you have with him.
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Welcome to Dog Forum! I am so sorry Gus is in pain. JGLI gave some good links for you to check out.
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The slings posted by JGLI look like they will help.
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