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This torn pad can be very painful so giving the Metacam is a good start. I am not sure if this toothache is related and becoming unsteady on H's rear legs may be a separate issue. Because of his age, this could be due to arthritis in his back or hips and the Metacam should help with this also.
There is a chance that there may be a bacteria that has gone systemic and affecting all of these areas. For this reason,if H does not respond well to the Metacam within a day, have your vet examine H and run xrays to know for sure that this treatment is appropriate.
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