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    Thanks for all your kind words, I really appreciate them, especially with all you go through as well

    I just feel so helpless at the moment. Murphy can't seem to settle, he's floating about, lying in one place, and then after five minutes, moving to another spot. I do hope it's something he'll get over easily, it's so easy to imagine the worst though. The vet never said to restrict his movement, or access to the furniture, but they way he is tonight, I'm going to try and keep him as quiet as possible. He's not crate trained, so don't know how he'll react if that's what the vets says he need.
    Paula - mum to Murphy(6) & Misty(7), and Jerry our cat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by murphy's mum View Post
    Thanks for all your kind words, I really appreciate them, especially with all you go through as well

    I just feel so helpless at the moment. Murphy can't seem to settle, he's floating about, lying in one place, and then after five minutes, moving to another spot. I do hope it's something he'll get over easily, it's so easy to imagine the worst though. The vet never said to restrict his movement, or access to the furniture, but they way he is tonight, I'm going to try and keep him as quiet as possible. He's not crate trained, so don't know how he'll react if that's what the vets says he need.
    A few years ago, when Sydney hurt his back, diagnosed as spondolosis in the cervical disk, I was faced with the same problem. I had an X-pen and left in whatever room we were in and that wasn't good enough for him. He wanted OUT and kept smacking at the gate. I feared he would hurt himself even more. I spoke with his vet and we agreed that since I was home all day, we could keep him out. But, when he went outside to do his business, I kept him on a leash. Also, as the weather was very nice, if we just stayed outside in the yard, I put a lightweight cord attached to his harness and tied it to the patio. It gave him enough room to reach the grass when needed and to be in his favorite spot in the shade. The main objective was to keep him calm and safe.

    At bedtime, he usually likes to walk around the house during the night, so we put a gate across our bedroom door which limited most of his movement.

    He had trouble with the steps putting pressure on his neck and shoulder blade, so now, we have built a small ramp for him to go in and out of the yard so he doesn't have to use the steps. He isn't physically able to jump onto the couch, so we lift him up when he wants and also lift him when he wants down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by murphy's mum View Post
    Thanks for all your kind words, I really appreciate them, especially with all you go through as well

    I just feel so helpless at the moment. Murphy can't seem to settle, he's floating about, lying in one place, and then after five minutes, moving to another spot. I do hope it's something he'll get over easily, it's so easy to imagine the worst though. The vet never said to restrict his movement, or access to the furniture, but they way he is tonight, I'm going to try and keep him as quiet as possible. He's not crate trained, so don't know how he'll react if that's what the vets says he need.
    The inability to settle for any length of time is probably due to discomfort. It would seem that the metacam not enough to relieve his pain.

    Perhaps your vet could suggest something else, like a steroid, while you wait?

    I am keeping my fingers crossed for you.
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    I've just spoke to the vet, as Murphy seems so uncomfortable, he said to give him an extra dose of Metacam, and see how he does.

    I found the steps on Zooplus, but couldn't find them on Hyperdrug. The one on Zooplus look okay though
    Paula - mum to Murphy(6) & Misty(7), and Jerry our cat.

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    hi
    please get well soon murphy sending you kisses and cuddles from louie and his mum

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    I am sorry to hear about Murphy. The plastic steps sound like a great idea, especially to help him get to his favorite window sill spot. I hope the extra Metacam dose helps him get more comfortable.

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    Just thinking of you, praying with you and sending you big hugs and and gentle kisses for Misty and Murphy. We are all here for you....all the time.

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    Managed to get him settle after the extra dose of Metacam, thank god. He snoozed the night away, and seems not too bad this morning. I've to give him the double dose at tea time tonight again, so hopefully it will do the trick tonight again
    Paula - mum to Murphy(6) & Misty(7), and Jerry our cat.

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    Sorry to hear that Murphy is having problems now, it's really hard when we have to deal with all these issues when we should just be enjoying our dogs...

    I'm sure the grumpiness is probably due to the pain - we have this with Kayleigh sometimes

    It's good that the extra dose of Metacam is working, and hopefully combined with the rest that will help.


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    Jacques was excellent, it was a pleasure to talk to him

    Murphy's x-rays were inconclusive. The vet thought the L5 and L6 vertebrae could be slightly compressed, but definitely no rupture, calcium deposits or arthritis. He recommends 6 weeks rest, and Metacam, but not the double dose as it would upset Murphy's stomach. We've to see how he reacts to the rest, and the normal dose of Metacam, and if he needs more pain meds we've to call him. We've to take him back in on Tuesday evening anyway.

    I do hope he's just pulled a muscle, but only time will tell, as the amount of discomfort he was in on Wednesday definitely says somethings not right.
    Paula - mum to Murphy(6) & Misty(7), and Jerry our cat.

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