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08-01-2013, 07:04 PM
right now i do not have the energy to go into it all...but if u r looking at this i'm guessing your furbabies r just that...your BABIES! i got some bad news about one of mine today....he is 12 and has some major back issues from age but apparently from going down the stairs or jumping off the couch cracked a vertebrae. no surgery will work but we r TRYING to help all the pain (if not...well you know, i can't say the words)

he can not get on the couch and the floor is too hard so i'm going to find him a dog bed but was wondering if anyone knew of a good brand for orthopedic issues (preferably with odor protection) something u or someone u know has tried and is worth the money. i'd like to find him a mini couch but probably asking too much there.
chew resistant would be nice too as the other dogs r gonna wanna eat it.


08-01-2013, 07:46 PM
aww poor baby, I hope you can find something, I can't think of anything right now, my dog jump up on everything.

08-02-2013, 03:36 AM
Awww Jacque ... I totally understand about not even being able to say the words. *sigh*. Our old boy Dillon is getting closer and closer to that time and I'm dreading it, but at least he isn't suffering. I'm so sorry your fur-baby is in pain. That is heart wrenching. A neighbour of mine bought this bed for her old girl. She has a yellow lab that has terrible hip dysplasia and says her dogs loves this bed.


I don't know how chew proof it is, but the cover is washable.

Good luck sweetie. Big hugs.

08-02-2013, 04:01 AM
Aw Jacque, how sad! We have only two and I can quite understand. Hope you find something that will help him!

Arlene I still have Dillon's image in my mind. Hug him for me!

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08-02-2013, 05:26 AM
thanks everyone...i'm hanging in. we got the materials to make him a ramp to get down the stairs to the yard and working on the bed (thanks arlene that looks like a great one!)

we are working with strong meds for at least the first week. he has been out of pain today but also asleep most of the day and night and will be the rest of the week. then when his body has rested we will work towards lowering the doses and types of meds if possible...relying more on anti inflammatory than pain meds. with any luck we will move to monthly injections. this will be the rest of his life. if he can live pain free (or mostly than we will do what ever we can for him) the sad part is...he would have been ok had he not cracked the vertebrae. so we will see as each day goes by and i will pray a lot...and cry a lot :(

08-03-2013, 01:05 AM
This makes me so sad for you Jacque, and for your poor baby. My hubby had to build a ramp for Dillon when he started to go blind. He became terrified of stairs. Here's an old layout I made (one of my very first layouts) ... it shows my hubby building Dillon's ramp.

http://gallery.gingerscraps.net/data/500/2011-NovHandycap-Ramp.jpg?2563 (http://gallery.gingerscraps.net/showphoto.php?photo=104350&title=dillon-27s-handicap-ramp&cat=all)

Dillon is 100% blind now and I have to hold him by the collar as he goes up and down the ramp. But I thank God he is not in pain. I'll keep you and your baby in my prayers. Good luck with getting the meds sorted out. I hope your dog gets some relief. Hugs....

08-03-2013, 03:36 AM
OMG...love the LO but not the reason for it. Just left u some love. I have to say that your way looks easier than our plan. What do you have on the ramp to make it not slippery??? We have to actually put ours OVER a part of the stairs as we have no other access. But that is okay. Yours just looks nicer and easier. and thanks for the support and encouragement :)

LOL i bought that kit when it first came out so expect a scraplift ;)

08-03-2013, 03:40 AM
and BTW...have no clue what to do about a bed as we need to buy a fairly expensive one for his condition and my other dog just ate the sleeping bag we had down for him ARGHHHHH!!!

08-03-2013, 04:03 AM
What do you have on the ramp to make it not slippery??? We have to actually put ours OVER a part of the stairs as we have no other access. But that is okay. Yours just looks nicer and easier. and thanks for the support and encouragement :)

LOL i bought that kit when it first came out so expect a scraplift ;)

It's Industrial Safety/Anti-Fatigue Matting. We needed something that could take all kinds of weather, winter storms, summer heat, etc, and not be slippery when wet. It was a 4'x4' mat and my hubby cut it in half to make two pieces 2'x4', so when laid on the ramp it was just right --- 2'x8'. He used U-shaped electrical staple/nails to hold it down.

Thanks Jacque ... lift away. :) It's a super fun kit. I miss Saxon Holt ... I think I have every kit she ever made.

We've had 5 dogs over the years and never have a chewer who destroys things so I have no advice about the bed. Sorry ... that must be frustrating. This is the first time we've had a dog go blind. I actually quit my job 18 months ago to stay home and be his guide human. You do what you have to do, right?


08-03-2013, 03:11 PM
Aww sorry to hear about your poor fur baby its hard to see them hurt themselves and also to grow old ...I'm not much help with suggestions for a bed either...
We have a rotty who is ten and his back legs have arthritis, he hurt one of them on his dog bed and refuses to sleep in it. So we have carpet offcuts, a quilt and blankets down on the concrete to stop the cold. We feed him a small can of tuna each night and this seems to help him move around better.
Hugs and I hope his back heals soon

08-04-2013, 06:44 AM
I can't offer you any suggestion, but I would like to give you a BIG digi HUG <3 <3 <3

08-04-2013, 03:31 PM
Several hundred dollars later (not counting meds and vet bills...dang i thought i'd eventually get to buy groceries LOL...gotta joke its all i have left) we got the bed, some solutions, and the stuff to make the ramp which we are doing today and i am trying everything to take photos. (of course during on this we are working on our deck so life is just so fun this summer) he is feeling a bit better and hopefully the ramp will make things easier. he's feeling well enuff to get on the furniture when we leave the room which is BAD BAD BAD for him but i can only do so much. and of course ALL the dogs want his bed so having to fight them out of it. Not my fault the others EAT theirs or the others!!!

thanks so much for the prayers...the hugs...the advice! it does help more than u know to get thru this!!!

08-04-2013, 04:09 PM
Good luck today Jacque. You have a lot on your plate. Glad he's feeling a bit better. I guess putting his bed inside a large dog crate would help to keep him from getting up on the furniture and keep the others away from his new bed .... but he may not be used to one (and they can't live in a crate all the time.) It's tough .... continued prayers and good wishes. Hugs....

08-04-2013, 06:07 PM
arlene...he actually has a nice large crate with plenty of room but its uncomfortable and not in the living room with the family...so we'll make it work :)

on an update: working on a very simple ramp...2 dyslexic people...one who is a visual thinker (me) one who doesn't think (DH/man etc LOL) hot sun, is making for a very long and tedious project...aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!! !!!!!!!!!!!

08-05-2013, 06:13 PM
I'm a visual thinker too Jacque. Sorry it was a struggle for you guys. Did you get the ramp finished?

08-05-2013, 06:44 PM
Well we THOUGHT so! we actually had a few things we couldn't finish until this evening as we needed some other supplies but it was an hour or less worth of work. now our ramp was a bit more difficult as our steps are much bigger and steeper so we made it 12 ft. long. this seemed reasonable. so last night got my Rebel to go down it. and it became a slide that he slid all the way down <:( i was terrified first...then thought great...even if we fix this he will be afraid of it and never touch it. (i was wrong...now he goes down it on purpose and thinks its fun LOL which would be great except i'm sure its not good for his back) so now we have to raise it at the bottom and make it turn and add ANOTHER 8 ft. to it. i don't think i'm gonna make it thru this (at least not sure my marriage is going to)

08-05-2013, 08:39 PM
Oh good grief. Life is so complicated sometimes. Just breathe ...........

08-05-2013, 09:05 PM
breathe???? what is that LMAO!!! i wish he hadn't been injured (of course then there would have been no need for the ramp) cuz its actually hilarious to watch him slide down...but i know that can NOT be good for him!

08-09-2013, 12:49 PM
Ohh poor baby, I don't have any suggestions for a bed either, but do hope you find something that will help him ((hugs))

08-09-2013, 12:52 PM
Ohhhh the poor thing! I hope he heals fast. Hugs to you!