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    This is a follow on from my past post, "What pain relief do you use?". I have seen the vet again and she has said that Bella is in pain and it is cronic pain, ie she will always have it. She says the cartrophen takes about 3 weeks to kick in and this is week 2. She said the decision is totally up to me and what I want to do, but she is happy dog and the vet said it is a shame to see a happy dog that is in this position, if it were only one leg that was an issue then it would be much more comfortable for Bella, but it is 3 legs.
    She seems happy, but I know she is in pain. We also have a younger, 9 month old dog who plays and runs with her, so this doesn't enable her to rest all that well and if I were to put Bella down I would rather do it sooner than later so the other dog can get used to being on her own. Any insights would be most welcome.

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    I actually couldnt find your reasoning to not getting surgery done if its available. Would you be able to explain that? Thanks.
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    It's $2000 to $1000 per leg and I don't have that kind of money.

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    She seems happy, but I know she is in pain. We also have a younger, 9 month old dog who plays and runs with her, so this doesn't enable her to rest all that well
    I am sorry but that is a really bad excuse. If you have a dog who needs rest due to health issues then you purchase baby gates or crates or a play pen so that you can separate your dogs so that they dog needing rest can get it. They should only be allowed to play for short periods of time in a controlled environment.

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    I also have to point out there is A LOT of information in the other thread. Including what I have just pointed out to you. Your dogs need to be separated and you need to start working on some specific exercises to help your dog. Pain medication only hides the pain your dog is in and makes he/she feel like they have no issues, causing more issues, especially if you are allowing your dog to play with the other.

    I would suggest a good Pet Chiropractor and Physio to help you come up with a management plan and I would start saving up so you can have the surgery done, if you couldn't afford this then you should never have bought a 2nd dog into the home. These are the costs that are associated with having dogs (and any pets) and this could happen down the track to your other dog. If you cannot afford this, what happens if your dog has some sort of accident? Or is bitten by a snake? Picks up a tick?? These are all vet visits that will cost you around the same vicinity as these procedures.

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    A play pen is a good idea, you can have one inside and outside so even when she is out to play her movement is still being restricted. You can pick them up off ebay for pretty cheap.

    Another question, if you are not going to get the op (which i have no judgement on ) she is in constant pain, she will need to be constantly drugged up to her eyeballs and kept from making much movement.

    What is her quality of life going to be?

    I would be concidering maybe putting her out of her misery.
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    You need to seperate the dogs or she will get no rest at all
    If you can't afford the opperation then you need to discuss with your vet what her quality of life will be. If she is going to have to be on pain meds for the rest of her life she may be better off being put down

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    If you won't separate the dogs, and you can't afford to get the op done (and won't manage her exercise level afterwards by crating and supervision and keeping the other dog away) then her quality of life is going to be painful.

    I admit my horse lived to about 40yo but he seemed happy and enjoying life despite his joint pain to the end. I couldn't bring myself to have him PTS when he still seemed happy.

    It's a hard choice but there a lot of things you could do to help your dog that don't cost much. If you're not willing to do these things then perhaps PTS would be the best option. Then at least she won't cost you any more money.

    If it was me - I'd be keeping the other dog away from her until it learned to be gentle and polite and I'd be looking for pain management options via alternate therapies if the vets couldn't help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    It's a hard choice but there a lot of things you could do to help your dog that don't cost much. If you're not willing to do these things then perhaps PTS would be the best option. Then at least she won't cost you any more money.
    Yes I could get a loan out or get a credit card to pay for something like that but there are people out there that are not in a position to do so. If she didnt give a sh!t she wouldnt have taken the dog to the vet in the first place. Plus i can garrentee that she is paying a few bucks for all these vet visits and meds she is buying..
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    I havent read the other thread, but for me the decision is all abotu quality of life.

    If the dog is still getting some quality of life and is happy, then I would leave her be for now until it declines.

    In regards to the operation, I wouldnt be too hard on yourself. People who can afford $2k per leg are few and far between - that's $6k worth of operation and to be perfectly honest, I would be considering other options also because I dont have that kind of money laying around either (I will say yet as we have finally after many years started saving and its building quickly lol).

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