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My Bernese mountain dog i have difficulty walking obviously

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My Bernese mountain dog i have difficulty walking obviously in pain
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Susan replied 2 years ago.
Dr. Susan :

Hi, I can help you with your question today.

Dr. Susan :

Poor Benjie!

Dr. Susan :

Is it one particular leg that is bothering him?

Customer:

difficult to say he is finding it very difficult to walk

Dr. Susan :

How long has this been going on?

Customer:

about 2 days he went to our vet on Thursday and we were asked to keep him quiet.

Dr. Susan :

Is tramadol the only medication you have for him?

Customer:

Yes could get something in the morning?

Customer:

what do you suggest?

Dr. Susan :

How much does he weigh?

Customer:

50kg

Customer:

he is very overweight and on a diet he should be 45kg

Dr. Susan :

OK, you can give 500mg acetaminophen every 12 hours along with the tramadol.

Dr. Susan :

Do not give a higher dose, and do not give more than twice daily.

Dr. Susan :

Acetaminophen has a narrow range of safety in dogs.

Customer:

is this a pain relief medication? and do I need a prescription for it

Dr. Susan :

If they haven't already, I would highly recommend x-rays of his elbows (looking for a condition called fragmented medial coronoid process or FCP) and pelvis/stifles for hip dysplasia or a ruptured cranial cruciate ligament.

Customer:

I was hoping to avoid an X-ray as I do not want him to have a general anasthetic

Dr. Susan :

It shouldn't require general anesthesia. Is he aggressive?

Customer:

no he is the sweetest dog

Dr. Susan :

I'm sorry, I just saw your response now.

Customer:

Acetaminophen should give him relief until the X-ray on Monday?

Dr. Susan :

In that case, at most he would need some sedation to make it easier to handle any painful joints for the x-rays.

Dr. Susan :

Yes, you can give both the acetaminophen and tramadol together for additive pain relief.

Customer:

Ok i will call my vet in the morning and arrange for X-rays

Dr. Susan :

Excellent. Good luck. Please let me know if you have any further questions.

Customer:

you are very kind thanks and bibi

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