Bernie has a luxiating patella and arthritis in his stifle joint and its gotten cold now. We have been overseas for 3 weeks without my dogs, returned yesterday and the weather in Aus has definitely gone into autumn winter feel.
I noticed a change in bernie. He's slow to get up first thing in morning this winter. That wasn't like that last winter.
So we have given him fish oil, heating is on, a new more padded and warm bed to lie on. He's at a good weight, im told not a great candidate for surgery, due to arthritis allready and stage 3 injury (which i cannot afford anyhow) and will be 6yrs of age soon.
He has pain killers (steroid based) and due to my dislike of chronic use of steroids, ive held off giving him the steroids. But today, i gave him one this morning and he's back to happy self and more mobile. My fear of steroids, comes from having seen a asthmatic child treated with steroids, is now infertile and has 2 auto immune diseases, both linked with chronic steroid use during childhood, as a adult. And a dog on them for severe reaction to fleas, and his immune system began to fail on them.
Does anyone have a dog on steroidal pain killers long term? what's your experience of this.
Any any other tips for giving arthritic dogs less pain?