Our Black Lab will be 9 this spring. He has hip dysplasia and arthritis. His hips are quite 'wide'. His 'noticeable' pain isn't daily and most of the time he's able to jump on the sofa, take the stairs, etc.
This week I noticed he will no longer 'sit' for his treats. At first I thought it was because of the new puppy (13 weeks) that tries to steal his treat but then I noticed that he'll start to sit and stop. I also noticed that when he urinates, he lifts his leg but if he really has to go for a long time, he puts his leg down.
We have a main vet and his asst. vet. One is in his 60's and one is in his 30's. Doc gave him Metacam for inflammation and pain. Young Doc said daily. Older Doc said a full dose if he seems to be in any discomfort and then 1/2 a dose morning and half evening until he seems fine OR 1/2 dose once a day depending on my discretion. A full dose makes him seem sleepy.
Once a month he gets Adequan and a laser treatment. I 'THINK' it's helping because he's only needing his Metacam the week before his laser treatment. A websearch shows Adequan should be given 2 x's a week for four weeks! Hmmmm....
The Metacam is $120 a bottle. The laser and Adequan shot is only $40 as a courtesy from my vet. I am very low income and can't afford treatments more often.
Is there anything else I can do to keep my dog stable? I love him to death!
We got the puppy to help him be more active and lose some weight. He was obese last year and has lost about 10 lbs now. The puppy is 13 lbs and bugs him a lot, but she can't reach him on the sofa or do the stairs so he escapes her when he's had enough.
Thoughts? HELP? I want him to be around and active for a very long time!