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It must run in the family

Posted by laurie on October 18, 2013


Mr. Stanley still has pain in his hind leg/hip. We’ve started giving him Tramadol but haven’t seen much improvement yet. He is somewhat lethargic and not his usual animated and talkative self. The vet said to give it a week before we bring him again. At least (from x-rays) we know that it is most likely a soft tissue injury. Hopefully I’ll have better news on Monday.

25 Responses to “It must run in the family”

  1. Awww Poor Mr. Stan – I hope he feels better soon. Do you want me to bring Buddy and Holly over to play to see if they can get him to cheer up ? I guess with Stanley out of action, you won’t be going to the Beaglefest- South this Saturday ? It’s a bit too far for us to travel to – about 1 1/2 hours each way.

  2. Gypsy & Trents dad said

    Poor Stan! We have had success with Metacam for Gypsy’s back issues. Very little in side effects even though I’ve read some horror stories about it. (every drug has horror stories these days!) Hope he gets some relief soon.

    As for our little man Trenton, we got his test results back yesterday. All his tests were clean and good. Which is good,.. and bad….We will consult with our vet today but I think we will be told to just watch for more episodes….for now he’s 100% normal self…maybe not so much next week when we go off on vacation!

    • Patr said

      I agree – Metacam is a very good anti-inflammatory and the best part – it is sweet and my dogs like the taste. Also – my vet has us giving our beagles glucosamine – over the counter stuff – from PetsMart. Don’t try giving human versions – some of the inactive ingredients do not sit well on doggies tummies. You might ask your vet about that option

      I’m glad Trenton is doing well.

      Give them Stan and Trenton hugs from Texas.

      • JC said

        I had Baxter on glucosamine for a long time, too. He had these things called Synovi chews from the vet. He sure loved them. They smelled like chocolate, but they did NOT taste like chocolate!

      • Gypsy & Trents dad said

        We used Synovi for Bailey for years after his knee surgery. Boy were they ever expensive! He did not like them one bit. We had to break them up and mix them with his dinner. He was so good at finding meds hidden in treats. I never saw a beagle so suspicious of what he ate! He’d chew around a piece of meat like it was poison looking for meds!! Miss our beagle boy still….

    • Amy~Cobalt & Onyx's Mom said

      I am glad Trent is better, but understand all too well the frustation of tests coming back clean.

  3. harperlea said

    Hugs to Stan from the Lash Pack… Hope you feel better soon!
    Glad to hear that Trent is okay, and we’ll hope that it was an isolated incident!

  4. howlingchamp said

    First of all, I hope Stanley is better soon after resting. I am amazed that my beagles don’t have more soft tissue injuries the way they play so hard sometimes. Second, we are fairly certain that Metacam started the renal problems that killed our lovely Hope two years ago, be very careful if you use it on your dogs and especially on your cats.

  5. Lynne said

    Wow I hope that after a good rest that Stanley will be better. Our Judy is on fish oil for her knees. So far she is doing well on that. It is so hard when they cannot tell us how they feel. Glad to hear that Trent is ok. Hope it was an isolated incident.

  6. Karen S. said

    We feel so bad for your poor little guy!

  7. Our Vet has Buddy and Holly both getting fish oil pills daily. He says that prescribes it for all his patients. He feels it helps their joints as well as their coat. My two love taking it.

  8. Susan in DE said

    Good news for Trent (although not definitive; I know how maddening that can be), and here’s wishing Stan a continued recovery. It’s a bit disconcerting to hear of his lethargy, as usually just being a little bit lame doesn’t normally dampen beagle enthusiasm or appetite (I didn’t even recognize him in that photo at first!). Continued good thoughts and prayers!

  9. NJ said

    Please, have you given any consideration to alternative methods? Have you, would you, consider a holistic vet? I have said it here before and I will shout it from the mountaintops: acupuncture and chiropractic do wonders for many problems. No, they are not cure-alls, but they gave my Doberman 6 years of good life she wouldn’t have had otherwise. And, they brought back my Beagle boy, Dexter, in a short amount of time from being completely paralyzed with a herniated disc.

    I agree with the fact that Meta-Cam is safer and much more effective than others.

    My Scotty Pirate is suffering from seizures also. Started several months ago. Maybe has 1 a month or 6 weeks. His bloodwork came out clean also. We are to just document any other episodes that he has.

    Good wishes to all.

    • Susan in DE said

      I’ve also used chiropractic and acupuncture with varying success on Josie. The acupuncture helped for a while, but eventually really wasn’t effective anymore, so we stopped. She still goes to the chiropractor once a month, we’ve been doing that for two years and she definitely is in better shape after the sessions. She is getting “ouchier” in her right hind hip these days, so I’m looking into other options for her (Yes, she is on a joint supplement already).

      • Luana, Cody, and Henry said

        I found a supplement called Dasuquin in my vet’s office. I started giving it to Henry (along with more of the Gabapentin) when he started showing signs of neck pain again. He’s getting one per day for the first four weeks, then one every other day after that. The vet said it has to be ongoing treatment, so when this bag is gone I have to get him another. It has glucosamine and chondroitin, plus other things that make it more concentrated and effective than the G/C chews I had been giving him (and continue to give to Cody). Henry is much better now, taking just the Dasuquin and not the Gabapentin. I hope this continues!

        Still sending good thoughts to Stanley and Trent. The hardest thing about seeing our babies hurting is that they can’t tell us how they feel.

  10. Cathy, Gomez, Lily & Mr. Peabz said

    Best wishes to Stan for a speedy recovery. Tramadol is good stuff.

  11. Regina said

    Just an alternative if things don’t improve…my beagle Belle was having rear end pain to the point where she refused the smallest step. Painkillers didn’t help. We put her on antibiotics instead and she got better immediately. The thought is that she had a UTI that just wasn’t showing up in the urinalysis. FWIW. Get well soon, Stan!

  12. Julie, JB & Cassie's Mum in England said

    I agree that Metacam is very good; it sorted Cassie’s pulled muscles out quite quickly. She too was a bit fed up and not her normal self when her shoulder hurt. Both our beags are on doggy glucosamine (from Pets at Home) and we put JB on the high strength version this year when he hit 9 years old.

    Hugs and kisses to Stan the Man and Trent – hope Trent’s ‘do’ was just a one off!

  13. Beaglemom to Ben & Tito said

    Chin up Stanley – I hope you are feeling better soon!
    We have always have success with Metacam for acute issues. For longer term maintenance both pooches get fish oil (herring), green lipped mussel powder and glucosamine/chondritin daily.

  14. Gunner and Bailey's mom Anne said

    Aw poor guy, Gunner has had neck/back pain issues on and off the last few years as well and my Vet said to ‘hit him hard with meds at first and then ease up’ so whenever he has an ‘episode’ he receives tramadol for pain, a muscle relaxant and rimadyl, anti-inflamatory. It usually takes a few days for him to feel better and then I reduce frequency and start removing one med at a time. She also does acupuncture which helped a bit but he didn’t really need it after all. Both my beags get cosequin for joints and a fish oil pill too daily. Get well soon!

  15. Poor Stan. He looks like he wants to cause trouble but doesn’t have enough energy.

    We give the boys Cosamin DS every day even though they are still youngish. I’m interested in giving them fish oil too. Any suggestions? Just human kind, or is there a special doggie kind? What strength? Thanks.

  16. Kate (Gandolf's mom, w/ memories of Kramer) said

    Gandolf has 2, not 1, ACL injuries which we give him meloxicam for, and a monthly shot of adequan. He’s also on glucosamine & chondritoin. He’s my walking buddy now and we walk at least 2 miles/day. Good luck!

  17. JC said

    I tried accupuncture with Bax, but it didn’t seem to do anything and we gave up after about 5 visits. I think part of it was that he wouldn’t relax during the visits, he was too focused on trying to get at whatever food molecules might have been on the tables in the room…

  18. Courtneay Parsons said

    Poor Stanley! I’ll be thinking about him! I hope he feels better soon. It was so good to see you today!

  19. Gretchen Kasch said

    It might be the dosage of the Tramadol that is making him so tired. We did 1/2 pill 2x per day with Frazzel and it knocked her out,so much that it was hard to wake her up to go outside to potty. She now does 1/4 of a pill 2x per day and it is way better–that is if she doesn’t spit the pill out….We also do Synovi and fish oil pills. The Synovi does take a couple of weeks to start to see the effects taking place.

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