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Ever since we got snow last weekend... LisaAnn has been limping off and on on her LEft front leg... and licking it a lot.... And... worst part is when she goes to get up after she has been sleeping for a long while.. she lets out this awful cry :( ... so we took her to the vet last night... The vet checked all of her legs carefully ... couldnt find anything wrong and could not pinpoint an exact spot on her legs that might have been causing the pain.. the vet moved all the legs and checked all her joints.. but couldnt find the spot that was causing her to yelp and cry ....

 

So, vet started her on Deramaxx 50 once day.... I'm just wondering if this dose is a normal dose... or not? LisaAnn weighs 68-69 lbs...

And.. when is the best time of day to give the Deramaxx?

I also have a container of Glucosamine coming from Greyhound Gang... that i won on the last auction...

How do i give that?

 

what else can i do to make LisaAnn comfortable... Anything ?

Am I missing something?

 

Should the vet check for anything else?

 

Or should we just wait and see how she responds to the Deramaxx? :dunno

 

 

I dont want to miss something with her... I dont like to see her in pain.. She is the sweetest thing and it breaks my heart to think she is in pain.. :cry1

ETA: She is 10 years young.

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Guest GentleHugs

Check her from the neck on down - shoulders, too. Did the vet take exrays by any chance? Where exactly is she licking her leg at?

 

I've never given dermaxx to any of my hounds before so I don't have any advice there. Glucosamine is a powder that can be sprinkled on and mixed in with her food.

 

I hope she just overdid it with all of the snow on the ground and just needs to rest while the dermaxx takes affect.

 

In the meantime, I'll say some prayers for her.

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Is she licking everywhere or one particular place? Is it worse in the morning and gets better during the day, or the same all day long?

 

Pretty standard course of actions so far, I think. If it doesn't resolve on it's own in another week or so - or gets worse, I'd get some xrays of the leg and shoulder. Some greyhounds are very stoic about pain and won't really yelp or show obvious signs of pain on a general exam at a vet office. There can be subtle clues (like flinching/moving the whiskers)...but vets I've worked with are pretty good at looking for these things.

 

Has she done anything that you can think of like running in the yard, running into something or slipping and falling?

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Check her from the neck on down - shoulders, too. Did the vet take exrays by any chance? Where exactly is she licking her leg at?

 

I've never given dermaxx to any of my hounds before so I don't have any advice there. Glucosamine is a powder that can be sprinkled on and mixed in with her food.

 

I hope she just overdid it with all of the snow on the ground and just needs to rest while the dermaxx takes affect.

 

In the meantime, I'll say some prayers for her.

The vet did not take x-rays... she wanted to know which leg it really was... She was not favoring one leg or another at the vet... of course at the vet... she seemed fine.

i think the vet did not want to charge me for a bunch of x-rays to all the legs and shoulders until we saw if the Deramaxx helped...

She seems to lick her front left leg..about an inch above her dewclaw.. at that joint there... but it does not appear to be larger than her other leg.. and nothing obvious on the skin or fur that i can see... but she does lick it quite frequently when she is not busy gathering all the stuffies in the house for her own pile. :blush

 

I am praying that this is something that might have happend in the yard... maybe a slip or something ( we have ice and snow all over here... just when you think you get it up .. more falls... there is still about 3feet of snow on the ground here.).. and she just needs some time and meds and rest and she will heal quickly..

thank you for the prayers.

 

Is she licking everywhere or one particular place? Is it worse in the morning and gets better during the day, or the same all day long?

 

Pretty standard course of actions so far, I think. If it doesn't resolve on it's own in another week or so - or gets worse, I'd get some xrays of the leg and shoulder. Some greyhounds are very stoic about pain and won't really yelp or show obvious signs of pain on a general exam at a vet office. There can be subtle clues (like flinching/moving the whiskers)...but vets I've worked with are pretty good at looking for these things.

 

Has she done anything that you can think of like running in the yard, running into something or slipping and falling?

 

Her pain is not specific to any time of day.. ... it happens whenever she is laying in one spot for an extended period of time... as if .. maybe it's stiff .. stiffens up.. :dunno

maybe arthritis?

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Guest Energy11

Based on what you are describing with the snow and all, it COULD be a pulled muscle, hence the vet giving the Deramaxx.

 

I give mine in the morning (*as they are most active during the day), and I give with a 20 mg Pepcid AC or it's generic. Deramaxx, like you and I taking Ibuorphen, can cause stomach upset/irritation.

 

The dosage is correct for the weight of Lisaann. I'd give the Deramaxx about seven days, and if you don't see improvement, x-rays would be my next step.

 

We got four inches of snow here (very unusual for this area), and it is icy, so I know what you mean. I am watching mine like hawks, so they don't get injured.

 

Sending lots of hugs your way! Dee and The Five

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Dear Dee,

thank you so much for the advice and the hugs...

 

we actually have seen an improvement in her already today...

 

Now She got a dose at the vet last night.. and then i gaver her a dose this morning..

 

And.. we have not heard her cry yet today.... which is already a huge difference over the last 5-7 days.

 

So... maybe the Deramaxx is exactly what she needed. :)

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Guest Adrianne

I'm so glad she's feeling better, and I hope it's nothing more than a strain.

 

Wilbur was 86lbs and was taking 75mg Deramaxx for what we thought at the time was arthritis. Turns out it wasn't arthritis but most likely a hairline fracture, but the Deramaxx made a huge difference in him. Before he broke his leg, he got his in the morning because, like Dee's hounds, he was most active during the day. A couple weeks after he broke his leg (about the time exhaustion was setting in for all of us from being up with him day and night), we started giving it to him about 7p.m. This allowed him (and us) to rest better at night.

 

Many good thoughts coming to LisaAnn.

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Update:

4 days of the Deramaxx now and She is doing very well.

We noticed a difference after the 2nd dose was given the next morning...She is not limping any longer.. and not crying when trying to get up.

She must feel so much better... which makes us so happy.. however Do we stop it?

The vet only gave us 7 days worth of Deramaxx... do you think i should see how she is after the meds are gone?

or ask the vet to continue for a little while longer... ?

I certainly dont want to see her in any pain again.

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Guest Energy11

First of all, it is WONDERFUL to see a good post today :-)))

 

Glad Lisaann is feeling better :-))

 

I'd finish up the Deramaxx, and she how she is, and go from there. If she needs more, I am sure the vet will be agreeable to it, because it is helping.

 

Some greyts are on NSAIDS for the rest of their lives. When this is the case, you just have to test their blood every four to six months, to be sure the meds aren't effecting the kidneys or liver.

 

Sending love and good luck!

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First of all, it is WONDERFUL to see a good post today :-)))

 

Glad Lisaann is feeling better :-))

 

I'd finish up the Deramaxx, and she how she is, and go from there. If she needs more, I am sure the vet will be agreeable to it, because it is helping.

 

Some greyts are on NSAIDS for the rest of their lives. When this is the case, you just have to test their blood every four to six months, to be sure the meds aren't effecting the kidneys or liver.

 

Sending love and good luck!

Thank you for your reply..

 

She is doing so well... It's amazing the difference.

 

 

Thank you for caring. :grouphug

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Poor Lisaann :( . We always just gave Smiley's Deramaxx with his dinner (just in case it would upset his tummy) in a lump of peanut butter. As for the Glucosamine, we get a liquid variety and just add it to their morning and evening meals. I hope your girl feels better very soon!

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glad to hear that lisa ann is feeling better. good thoughts coming your way for continued improvement.

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