The day after Bear’s vet appointment, I received a call from Dr I. She had been thinking a lot about Bear and was convinced we needed to make one additional change. She wanted to switch him off the NSAIDs he was on and start using Prednisone. It’s a bit of a drastic change, but she had a reason.
Not only were Bear’s back legs giving out, he acted like he had no idea where they were. She observed him walk, and the way he threw his legs around had her really concerned. Add to it, they’ve been knuckling. And unlike a couple months ago, he wouldn’t correct the knuckled paw – he’d leave it.
Her hope is the Prednisone will help any inflammation in the spine that is causing problems with his nervous system.
This morning, I gave him his first dose of Prednisone (after a couple of days off his NSAIDs). I came home to a well rested Bear – I think he slept all day. But what a difference. His legs still give out and give him trouble, but no knuckling. And – this was the biggest change so far – he actually ran around a bit.
What a difference.
I hope he doesn’t need this long term, but for now, it has helped.