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Posted: 1/31/2011 7:21:28 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/31/2011 7:23:46 PM EDT by CrimsonTideShooter]
My little man was obviously in pain today, so I took him to the vet. He was diagnosed with intervertebral disk disease. They gave him methocarbamol, and deramax for pain - neither of which have touched his pain in the least. Also they gave him a steroid injection.

I have no more money to take him to the vet again to get a second opinion or more pain meds. He is in obvious agony and I can't stand to see him hurting. I called the emergency vet and paid the 25 to talk to him and he said that if he was in enough pain that we could give him tramadol, but he wouldn't mention a dosage without us bringing him in - which we can't afford. My fiancee has tramadol but we have no clue how much to give him, or even if we can give it to him along with these other meds. Can someone please help us? I can't stand to see Remy is this much pain and we feel helpless. If there are any vets on this board that would be willing to give me a call and suggest a dosage I would greatly appreciate it. Any help at all is greatly appreciated, actually. Thanks guys. If anyone CAN call and wants my number then PM me please. Here is a picture of the little guy:

Link Posted: 1/31/2011 7:32:24 PM EDT

I hope someone can help us.
Link Posted: 1/31/2011 7:38:49 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/31/2011 7:40:16 PM EDT by kallnojoy]
Not a vet, but 1800 pet med says;

Pet   Dogs: (pain relief)
Weight   All weights
Dosage   The usual dose is 0.45-1.8mg per pound of pet’s body weight every 8-12 hours


Good luck!
Link Posted: 1/31/2011 7:48:14 PM EDT
Thank you! I wonder if the dosage isn't exact if it's dangerous.
Link Posted: 1/31/2011 7:57:15 PM EDT
Originally Posted By CrimsonTideShooter:
Thank you! I wonder if the dosage isn't exact if it's dangerous.

Give them a call - they have vets on staff and can probably give you more specific dosage guidelines.
Link Posted: 1/31/2011 8:15:06 PM EDT
I know it doesn't help you right now, but since he has already been seen, your vet might be willing to change his meds over the phone in the morning. I'm not sure how it works in your area, but some canine pain meds, like tramadol, are the same as for humans. I've had a vet call in canine prescriptions to my human pharmacy for me. I use a real compounding pharmacy, not a chain, so they may actually be the supplier for vets in our area anyway, but I was surprised that it could be done that way.

FWIW, what was done for your boy appears to be a fairly standard treatment for that disorder, so if he's not responding well, I'd fully expect your vet to work with you to fix the situation without requiring more fees except for meds themselves.

Hang in there
Link Posted: 1/31/2011 8:24:35 PM EDT
Thank y'all for helping us. I'm going to give the vet a call as soon as they open. I know that he probably did what he thought was best but it's just not working.

Seeing remy in pain and unable to use his legs is one of the hardest things I've ever done.
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