Roxy and the no good very bad back — 32 Comments

  1. Its great you take elderly dog care seriously so Roxy can enjoy her senor years. It is so sad to find your youthful playful healthy dog kid aging and looking to you for relief from pain. I am grateful your passing this on to others. I have raised many senior pets and wished that I could have helped them more in their later years. You do have a good Vet who trust your judgement to refill and help you as you travel.

  2. With two long backed dogs, you are living my greatest fear… but I am so relieved that you found a way to manage it. Brychwyn had a terrible reaction to Rimadyl when he took it after his neuter surgery so I just hope if he ever had problems we could find something else. I am a huge fan of massage and acupuncture, for myself and my pets. A friend of mine had a rabbit with degenerative disc disease (arthritis) and acupuncture kept that bunny hopping comfortably for years. Honestly, the rabbit was probably larger than Roxy!
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  3. What a great contribution to the Round Robin Mary. Thank you for sharing Roxy’s story.

    I’m so glad you found a way to manage Roxy’s pain. It’s so hard seeing our pets in pain and watching them slow down as they age. You are lucky in the fact that Roxy fits in your back pack, neither of mine will. ;-) (Although I’d like to teach them to ride piggyback. Wouldn’t that me something?)

    I imagine managing her vet care is probably a bit more challenging for you seeing as you are always traveling, having a vet that will work with you and listen to you is wonderful. I don’t know anything about disc issues, but am wondering about glucosamine, have you ever done any research on that?
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    • She is allergic to shellfish. I have looked and looked for a dog glucosumine supplement that is not shell fish based, and nobody makes them. Only in the human stuff can you get it. Thanks for inviting me to be a part of the Caring for critters.

  4. I can only say that you are giving Roxy great care. She’s such a loving little dog how heartbreaking it must have been to see her personality change. I know you said that its not weather related but I wonder if one of those little heated beds would make her more comfortable when she’s in pain. Like mom when she puts a heating pad on her neck. Thanks for sharing your story about Roxy’s bad back. Love Dolly
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  5. Poor Roxy. I know what it’s like to live with a back that always hurts.

    Chester, at 12, still loves to hike a lot. If we overdo it, I can tell he’s uncomfortable for a couple days after.

  6. I’m so glad that you’ve managed it so well, with no surgery. One other thing to consider, if you ever need it, is acupuncture. We had an old lab (14) who would wake up some mornings in such pain that he couldn’t walk (despite Rimadyl and tramadol). We’d drop him off to spend the day with our vet who would do 2-3 acuptuncture treatments during that day, and he’d come home like a new dog!
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