My 5 year old boy is suffering from bad arthritis in his back two knees. We took him to the vet yesterday and he was xrayed and checked over thoroughly to confirm that he does have arthritis.
He was prescribed Meloxicam for pain as well as glucosimine and some antibiotics for another seprate issue.
Since returning from the vet it seems like his back legs have gotten worse. He can barely use them at all and they go out to the side when he trys to get around. Its really heart breaking to see him squirm like that.
As of yesterday afternoon he was still eating but I think the antibiotics he took curbed his apetite this morning. When I get home from work I am going to give him critical care to make sure he is eating.
He is getting vitamin c too. For whatever reason he has lost alot of weight over the last 2 years and I can only assume its do to pain since 2 seperate vets have not been able to determine anything from bloodwork and fecal tests. He is always eating so its not that he isnt. In any case I am not overly concerned with that part right now I just wanted to put it out there for background.
I am really concerned with his legs and his comfort and wonder what I can do to make him more comfortable. He is in a standard c&c cage with carefresh for bedding with two female cagemates that dont appear to be bothering him.
Now I am thinking I should seperate him and use something more consistent for flooring in the cage to make it easier for him to push himself around since it appears difficult for him to move on the carefresh. Im also going to lay him on a hot water bottle when I get home tonight in hopes that will relax him.
This is all the stuff he is on right now
He has only been on it for a day so I guess I should wait longer to see how he reacts.
He is still pretty surly and seems more annoyed then anything but when he starts to squirm when he wants to move i want to die.
See if there is an animal physiotherapist in your area who can treat with lasers. I have 2 senior boars with severe arthritis in the back knees who do very well with lasering. Before and after xrays have shown the bone spurs have reduced in size.
The experts here may have a different suggestion but I'd feel bad taking him away from what's familiar.
I hope he starts showing some improvement.
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In the meantime, switching to bed him on fleece may help him get around more easily.
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I strongly second the suggestions for firmer footing (towels or fleece; the girls might like it too). I also second the suggestions to look further and deeper for the answer to his weight loss. Several of ours have lost weight as they aged, but if they remained healthy otherwise their weight (re)stabilized, albeit at a lower weight.
This thread has veterinary suggestions for your area if you want to seek a second opinion.
Baytril and trimethoprim are both antibiotics. Why is he on both at the same time?
He was having an incredibly difficult time trying to get his back feet under him but he didnt look sick so it was a little shocking to come home to him having passed a little earlier.
Im taking him to the vet to have them find out what happened.