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sandydog

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My terrier mix will be 16 in November.  She has been having issues off and on with her hips.  On bad days I have to help her up from a sitting position.  We have started some new anti inflammatory and pain meds that seem to be helping some what.  But the newest thing we have noticed is that she eats and drinks more!!  I mean she eats like she hasn't eaten in days!!  Also she seems confused and roams around the house and sometimes just walks in circles around the coffee table.   She is also having more and more accidents inside as well.  She will go outside for 5-10 min and then as soon as she comes inside she will go #2!!  I know she is old and I don't want her to suffer but I am having a difficult time making that decision myself!  I feel like there is something else we can try but the vet doesn't seem to think so!  She has been a part of our family since she was 8 weeks old and just because she is old and more difficult to take care of I don't want to just give up!!!  Any ideas or thoughts would be appreciated.  Thank you

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shep

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I have a 90 lb. 15 yr old pit who has been diagnosed with arthritis in his hips and has been on anti-inflammatory (Rimadyl) and pain meds (Tramadol) for about a year now.  He also has also seemed more confused and was having accidents! I didn't make the connection until I read your post.  He also appears to be going blind & deaf, which I attributed  to his age, but perhaps that is also connected to his meds?? He is eating and drinking more, but not excessively, and he also went through a period of having accidents in the house but thankfully that has stopped. He did that exact thing - went outside for 10 min. came in and did #2!  I don't know if the meds are helping him or not. After reading your post I'm tempted to take him off and see what happens but I hate to take a chance on his condition worsening. I'm thinking of getting a second opinion.

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