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    Hi Bernie

    some good and some bad - yikes what a roller coaster.

    I once gave my elderly horse some pain killers and he ran round the paddock like a spring foal - so I did not give him any more pain killers. If pain tells the dog to rest up... and if he goes on pain killers and runs around like a looney... erm. I'd cut the dose...

    I wonder if he can handle marrow bones with the meat on - there's a lot of nutrition in those... I just can't my dog unsupervised with those cos she makes splinters out of them.

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    What about the natural route.Shark cartilage, NZ green lipped mussle, Glucosamine/Chondrointin and Fish oil/VitE ....helped all my old newfies and the young ones now have it as preventatives. When i was putting weight on one of our very thin rescue newfies ( from 40kg to 80kg) we gave him five meals a day and went to three and when the weight was on, two. We fed about 1kg/day of the satin balls plus some Black-hawk (puts on the weight).
    Anti- inflammatories especially the non-steroidal can also cause liver problems and that might also lead to weight loss. A liver function test is often done on dogs that are on them long-term. it is what our vet does anyway
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post

    I once gave my elderly horse some pain killers and he ran round the paddock like a spring foal - so I did not give him any more pain killers. If pain tells the dog to rest up... and if he goes on pain killers and runs around like a looney... erm. I'd cut the dose...
    I have often pondered on this. I am inclined to give my old animals a pain free exisitance even if it shortened their lives a little. I preferred to see my old dog come and enjoy a walk rather than stay and limp around the house. Obviously you need to follow the right dose and do the right tests. I did think about it a lot but the quality of life she enjoyed was so much better that I wish I had done it sooner and for a couple of other dogs long passed.

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    For this particular dog, who seems unable to soldier on, painkillers are a must. If it were my rottie girl, she'd have to have a leg hanging off, before she'd tell me it smarts a bit mum.
    @ newfsie, i put brian and the other 2 dogs onto this, from a previous post of yours newfsie. The moderation management for ACL injuries recommend these additions for a more digestion friendly option. Thankyou. It does help im sure. As he's on a mixed diet of raw, its easy to add this in. And this week, it was added to grain free satin balls recipe. I add the 'additives' after ive portioned, so i get correct dose in each days food. And its gone in seconds. He thinks he's died n gone to haven on the satin balls. And my other 2 are turning their noses up at their raw diet, coz bro's got something BETTER! They are fed apart, but the aroma's remain jointly shared it seems. And i supervise so no wheat alergic dog, using standover tactics to steel the other 2's grain laden meals.

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    bernie,

    So sorry to hear about Brian and glad he's making a recovery...any blood and weight loss is a very worrying time as it could be cancer...especially in GSDs. Vets see many GSDs with cancer with those symptoms...but the older the dog the more chance it is cancer...My GSD Tara who was 8 yrs old had blood and weight loss and she died of cancer....then there's this...

    About three years ago my GSD Rex had a cough...vet said given his age and breed it could be lung cancer...gave me meds and said come back in a week for x-rays. Went back saw another vet who said I'll give him another course of meds and see how he is in two weeks.
    Two weeks later cough gone...wasn't cancer after all...cost about $350.

    A year later Rex went for his C5...vet felt a lump and had x-rays...looked like a tumor...vet said given his age and breed it could be cancer and suggested an Ultra-Sound. Rex wasn't sick and eating and going to the toilet normally...so I didn't get the Ultra-Sound...then after a few days I decided to get the Ultra-Sound because I wanted to know how much time Rex had left.

    Poor Rex was at the vets all day and I rang twice but was told nothing...then at 5 o'clock that afternoon vet rings and says I've got good news...the tumor's gone...he didn't have a tumor after all...cost about $500 for bloody nothing what a joke.
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    Brian is a Dogue de Bordeaux - and while they have their own set of genetic problems - hopefully - not the same as GSD.

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