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Question DetailsAsked on 1/5/2018

I've taken my dog to the vet for the last 5 years every since the day we got him. What can I do to give him relief

First the vet had him on tramodol and predisone and it helped a little bit and then they put him on a shot once a month but it was $200 a month and we couldn't afford that anymore. We went to a new vet and he put him on the pill form cause it was only$100 a month but halfway through it, it stopped working and now I can't get him anything till Monday and he hasn't stopped crying at all. It's breaking all of our hearts. Is there anything I can do to relieve him till I can get him to the vet. Please I don't know what to do

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Sorry for you and your pet. Call your vets number - many have 24 hour answering service, and may go to the office/clinic on-call for this sort of situation, or even do a housecall.

Otherwise, if you can't get hold of the vet in a reasonable (say 1/2 hour) time, I would locate the nearest 24 hour pet emergency vet hospital and call to be sure they are actually staffed, then take him there for at least a temporary pain-killer shot/prescription. Take along with the containers of all meds he is currently on so they know what drug interactions to watch out for. If he is crying he is in a lot of pain - dogs generally do not cry unless they are in a LOT more pain than would make a normal person cry, so take it seriously.

Short-term - a heating pad or heated blanket or towel (straight from dryer or with a minute or so microwaving) might help if this is from physical pain from joint issues or such - ditto to hot water bottle but of course claw puncture issues with that. Ditto to chewing/claw risks with electric blanket, so one of the microwaved heating pads is safest, but watch out for chewing on it - the chemicals inside cannot be good for a dog.

We had a dog with this problem because of hip disease pain - over a period of a year or so we went through about 10 different prescription combinations of steroids, tramadol, prednisone, metacam, rimadyl, previcox, etc - some did not work at all, some for awhile then stopped being effective, some the dog could not tolerate (intestinal upset, acted loopy or depressed, etc) - finally found Tramadol in morning and Metacam at night did the job and kept it happy and semi-active and up to daily mile+ walks for another 8 years or so, to an amazing (for large breeds) 15-1/2 year life. Of course, the right mix of NSAIDS, pain killers, steriods, etc would be different for each situation and disease/injury type and interactions have to be watched, so can be a trial-and-error exercise with the vet.

Other thing to consider - can be hard at times to tell what the pain is from without a vet checking it out - could be the current pain is from something other than what the original condition was.

Of course, hate to say it, but if the pain is so bad that regular pain meds/ antinflamatories do not solve it or at least make it so the animal can get up and more around without noticeable pain, then it eventually might come down to a quality of life question which at some point will likely end in putting your pet down being the only kind solution, so with this situation you have to prepare yourself for that eventual decision.

Best hopes for you and him.

Answered 2 years ago by LCD

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