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    16 yo Flatcoat retriever - hind leg issues
    MaryAnne0210 posted:
    My 16 yo Flatcoat retreiver has been on Metacam and Glucsamine/Chondroitin for years now - his Sr. panels have been good for his age but over the past few weeks he's been having more problems than normal getting up. As much as I don't want to think about it, when is the appropriate time to consider having your pet put down so they don't have to deal with the pain. He's eating pretty normal, still able to control his faculties so this is hard for me. He can be pretty wobbly at times and I'm started putting down rugs for him to walk throughout the house without falling because of the floor being too slick. I've always thought that until he's unable to eat, walk, go to the bathroom that there's no reason to even think about having him put down but I also don't want him to suffer unnecessarily.
    Will Draper, DVM responded:
    MaryAnne: So sorry to hear that your boy is having a hard time- but I'd discuss this in depth with your vet before considering euthanasia. There may be dietary considerations (i.e. diets w/ omega 3 fatty acids as well as glucosamine/chondroitin) that could be useful, as well as other medications that might help more with pain relief. In addition, you can try booties on the feet to give more traction on slick floors:). If his panels are good, he's eating well, controlling his faculties, and more importantly having more good than bad days, I'd at least have the conversation to give a chance. Best of luck.
    Dr. Will
    MaryAnne0210 replied to Will Draper, DVM's response:
    Thank you, Dr. Will. I have had him on Glucosamine/Chondroitin for a while - my vet told me to increase it which I did. He's currently eating Evo. I have (albeit not recently) been giving him 2 Vitamin E pills - ran out and just didn't get any more - my bad. I'll talk to my vet about perhaps changing his meds. Perhaps that would help.

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