(somewhat off topic) 13 year old dog on prednisone

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   Posted 12/12/2007 7:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi out there,
My beloved 13 year old golden retriever is very sick. We found her a few days ago lying in her own vomit unable to walk. The vet thinks it may be an inner ear problem, or a stroke. She is on 40 mg of Prednisone along with antibiotics and Antivert for the dizzyness. She is able to walk now to go out, but is very crooked (holds her head on an angle) and very unstable. She's also starving and getting agitated from the good ol' prednisone! I just recently tapered off my prednisone! She has been my best buddy through my illness. It is so hard to watch her suffer, yet there is a chance she will recover, and I guess we just have to wait and see. I know there has to be someone out there who can relate to a sick pet...they do so much for us! I guess I just wanted to vent.
48 yr. old female, diagnosed with Crohn's Sept-Oct. 2007

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   Posted 12/12/2007 9:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Aww, I'm so sorry about your dog. It is so, so hard to watch a pet go through an illness. At least you know what she's going through with the pred! I really hope that she recovers quickly, hugs to you!


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   Posted 12/12/2007 9:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh that's terrible!!!! Believe me, I understand how hard it is on you watching your dog suffering the way she is... I hope she makes a quick recovery.

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   Posted 12/12/2007 10:42 PM (GMT -7)   
hope she gets better soon. we went through that with our lab a few years ago. she had prednisone , heart meds and some pain meds for about a year. she did improve but eventually she was just too old.


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   Posted 12/13/2007 3:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi I hope you dog gets better soon. Its hard when you pet gets sick.
Hi, I am teddybearweiser, I am a male.
I was diagnosed with crohns disease when i was admitted to the hospital
in 1992, in Jan of 1993 I was back in the hospital for surgery for my crohns. I had part of my right colon resectioned with ilecolonstomy.
 My GI doctor has me on Asacol, Dicyclomine,Imuran,Celebrex and Remicade. B-12 injection once a month.
My Internest doctor has me on Lisnopril-HTCZ and Folic Acid. Diagnosed
with Osteoarthritis July 2007

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   Posted 12/13/2007 4:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I hope the meds help, it's rough when you are watching them suffer and they can't tell you what the real problem is. We just found out last Thursday that our 11 year old shepherd has an enlarged heart and also AS in her spine. No wonder the poor thing moans in pain!

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   Posted 12/13/2007 7:35 AM (GMT -7)   

This is sooo hard for you! I'm sorry.  Hope the predinsone works and things are better soon.

I don't know what I'd do without my best friend either!  He's always there for me all throughout the night and day.

Dx'd Jan'06, 1st Resection 7/06, Predinsone, Humira, Imuran, B12 injections, Nexium. Secondary conditions: Psorasis, Acne, Fatigue, Joint Pain, Lactose Intolerant, gallstones, fibroid cysts, peri-menopausal.

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   Posted 12/13/2007 3:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for all of your support...I knew if anyone would understand it would be this group! My dog is looking a tiny bit better today :)
48 yr. old female, diagnosed with Crohn's Sept-Oct. 2007

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   Posted 12/13/2007 4:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh,can I ever relate!!  I hope your dog gets better!! My kitty died last week,she was 16 years old,and I loved her so much,I have cried every day!! Hang in there,it's so hard when they get sick.Good luck,I understand :-)

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   Posted 12/13/2007 5:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Man I can relate big time;I had a dog and I had her for all most 22 years. When she was 14 years old she got real sick and I took to the same vet I had used from day one and he did some test on her and to come to find out she had arthritis and I found out that she was a diabetic as well and she took low does of prednisone and I all so had to give her shots as well. My beloved girl(Middy)died at the ripe old age of 21. I miss her dearly. So I know were you are coming from they are our child they are part of the family. I am glade that she is doing better and please continue to report on how she is doing.

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   Posted 12/14/2007 2:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Animals are certainly part of the family. I just went back to work this week after being out for 5 1/2 weeks r/t Pyoderma Gangrenosa. Many of my hours were spent playing fetch with my dog !! Thank goodness I had him and my 2 cats they kept me from losin gmy mind!  When i first got him he had kennel cough and the vet did not knwo if he would make it. I know how awful it is to watch you animal struggle. How is the dog doing now? any better? hope so. take care.
28 Year old Female. Dx with Crohns 2005. Currently take Imuran 50 mg. had 3 remicade infusions which put me in remission.
Dx with Pyoderma Gangrenos (PG) Nov '07, currently on Prednisone 40mg for PG, slowly tapering from 60mg ...  most importantly the taper is in effect !

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   Posted 12/14/2007 5:34 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey gumby,

I am so sorry about your wonderful dog. Our dog, my best friend, had arthritis and she had 3 shots of prednisone over the last couple of years.  The first 2 helped her and it was like a miracle.

I hope you have that kind of outcome for you family pets.

Special Hugs to you ((((((((((((((((HUGS))))))))))))))))


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   Posted 12/15/2007 6:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Gumby, I'm so sorry to hear about your dog. I hope the prednisone helps her get as well as possible. I have 2 cats that are my babies and I would be lost without them. They're such a source of comfort and can put a smile on my face even at my worst times. Keep us posted on your dog is doing.

-Formal diagnosis of Crohn's Disease in ileum in July 2005.
-Experienced what were most likely flares for 12-15 yrs.
-6-MP, protonix, cymbalta, wellbutrin, trazadone, miralax, allegra, celebrex

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   Posted 12/16/2007 6:35 AM (GMT -7)   
My kitty, who sleeps curley up in my arms every night, has asthma and has to have prednisone for that. It so hard to give them pred and know that they don't understand what they are feeling but you know why they are acting strangely.

I hope you doggie feels better, they do so much for us and all they ask for in return is love.

CD 19 years offically, 29 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Symptoms constantly but all tests show only minor ulcerations. Currently having multiple episodes of gastritis with no known cause.

Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....

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