Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Phantom Photo-less Update



No pics today, but several of you have been emailing to see how Phantom made out today.  Because of a heavy surgery day for his vet, Phantom didn't have his x-rays until this afternoon.  I just got a call from the vet.

The good news is that there is NO sign of the evil "C".  YAY!!!  Phantom was so cooperative that they were able to do the x-rays without sedating him.  Double YAY!!!  They got images of both front legs, knees, and shoulders, as well as  neck and spine.  Lots of evidence of arthritis. And like his Mom, he has some bulging disks.  Physical exam showed him to be very sensitive to moving of the head to the left and up and down.  This probably explains why he always looks so hunched over in his photos if he is sitting.  For now, we are going to continue with the adequan and put him back on Deramaxx.  If it helps, great.  If not, then we will consider some steroids or other options.  I really wish Phantom would not be so stoic and would let me know sooner when he hurts.

So all in all, it wasn't too bad.  It surely could have been much worse.  It sure is tough to get old.  

Woos - Phantom's Mom (relieved but still concerned)

74 comments:

Reilly-Denny Cowspotdogs said...

That is over all good news - he just needs lots of tlc, a nice big soft bed extra cuddles :)

Brian said...

That is good news, we love you Phantom!

SissySees said...

Exhale. We'll keep our paws crossed that Phantom feels better very soon!

Cyndi and Stumpy said...

PHEW!!!! Arthritis (and getting old) isn't much fun but it sure beats the C word!

What Remains Now said...

So glad. You're right, getting old is not for sissies.

KB Bear said...

I am so glad about no evil C.

It does stink getting old - but it sure is great to have the opportunity to get old. You know that from your sweet Thunder and I know that from my sweet K. I am so glad that Phantom is having such a long life filled with love.

I hope that you find the right mix of anti-inflammatories to keep him comfy. Our Lab who lived to be 16 also benefited a lot from acupuncture...

Siku Marie, White Dog said...

VERY relieved here, too! Have you considered K laser therapy? Quinn received it and it was quite effective and I believe that one of the 5 Sibes does as well. And maybe ask your vet about adding in Alenza to his meds. It is a natural compound that again, seemed to provide relief for both Quinn and Nuka.

Phantom, it is ok to let us humans know when it hurts. Sometimes we can help manage the pain. Love from all of the WDA

Lorenza said...

I hope the meds work for him.
Paws crossed here.
Take care
Lorenza

jen said...

That is great news!

I hope you see some results with the Adequan. We used it on Sherman and had really good results and will probably be starting it up again soon. Tramadol and Deramaxx worked really good too, I was told that they worked well together. Keeping our paws crossed for Phantom!

Golden Woofs! SUGAR said...

Good to hear GOOD NEWS. C is really evil. Continue to send Lots of Golden LOVE. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

harrispen said...

We are so glad to hear there is no evil C and it was great they didn't have to sedate Phantom for his xrays. We will keep our paws crossed that the medications help.

Millie & Walter

24 Paws of Love said...

Such wonderful news and we are so happy to hear none of that "c"-word.

Our Fiona has hip dysplsia (sp?) and we give her Dasuquin. It is a glucosamine tablet with an anti-inflammatory in it. It works great!! It's expensive but it is worth it.

Just some food for thought. :)

The Furries of Whisppy said...

We're super happy that the "C" word is no longer a possibility. :)

Back in 2010, Whisky would sit, hunched and would cry out every now and again. She would pant heavily and was just miserable. An xray pointed to a slipped disc at her neck. I made a "brace" to stabilize her neck and she wore it for several months. She was also on supplements and metacam (only when the pain was very bad). She was also on acupuncture.

Today, she no longer has issues with her neck though the osteoarthritis in her hips does cause her to have good and bad days in terms of her mobility.

I really hope the meds and supplements will help Phantom feel more comfortable. It's hard to watch them in so much discomfort and being helpless to take the pain away instantly.

dArtagnan Rumblepurr/Diego Hamlet Moonfur said...

Oh thank heavens. We're going to purr purr purr for you guys till Phantom feels 100% again.

Dip-Dip and the Bridge said...

We are pleased and relieved the news is good. Hopefully they will get his medication right to make him more comfortable. Take it easy big boy.
Dip Bridge and Elliot x

3 doxies said...

Dis is such a relief dat it was not dat C stuffs. But a disc issue ain't great BUT at least it can be treated easier....thank goodness. I really do hope da meds work so Phantom can gets some relief.
My brudder is like Phantom, he will never let you know if he be hurtin'. He did da same thing when he was paralyzed.

Puddles

Mitch and Molly said...

Our paws are crossed that the meds help you out, Phantom! Thank doG it's not the evil-c.

Love ya lots♥
Mitch and Molly

Molly The Wally said...

Bless Phantom and at least it is just old age. We know how worrying it is as with Ancient Pip we have also keep an eye out for any changes.
Have a tremendous Thursday and Happy Halloween to all your family. Hope it is a spectacularly good spooky one.
Best wishes Molly

Ruby and Penny said...

We are still sending our very strongest doxie feel good vibes Phantoms' way.

Hugs

Love Ruby & Penny

Lovable Lily said...

It's such great news to hear that there is NO cancer! Sounds like you are on the right road to managing the disk issues. Hang in there Phantom!

Hugs,
Lily Belle & Muffin

Misaki @ misadventuresofMisaki said...

Great to hear that its not as bad as you feared. Hugs to you all xxx

Jenn said...

Glad to hear he doesn't have the evil C. Hope the medicine helps him!

stellaroselong said...

Prayers answered!! Happy Halloween.
stella rose, mags and gussie

Casey said...

That sounds like pretty good results! Yay Phantom!

Mrs. JP said...

Arthritis hurts,,,can I get a witness? and bulging discs! well,,,he's a tough old bird like you said. Good flight plan mom and dad. We are doing the same with our Daisy. Getting old is not for the faint of heart and that's what our two have tons of HEART! lots of love from the holler.....YAY no C!!!

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

That is GOOD news .

Bobby said...

Oh poor Phantom all the pains, we hope your meds work well and make you feel better.
I have pain killers us old guys do feel every joint.
Glad it was not the big C
Licks Bobby

Janice Webb said...

So happy things were not any worse. For myself, I say, getting older is not for whimps.

Janice, Snuggles, Sassy, and Dixie

Mayzie said...

YIPPPPPEEEEEE!!!! This is Most Wonderful news! Oh, I'm so happy!

We know what you mean cuz Brudder Ranger is real stoic, too.

Mom says you might look into Class IV laser. My Cuzin Bridger had so much of that arthur-itis that my auntie thought she was gonna have to send him to the Bridge. But then they started doing laser on him and he became almost like a new dog! That was about 3 years ago. He's a big doggie - about 85 pounds - and almost 14 years old but cuz of the laser, he still gets around real good. Mom says it's almost like a miracle.

Wiggles & Wags,
Mayzie

easyweimaraner said...

I'm glad there is no sign of the big "C", Phantom. I hope now you can enjoy a wonderful Howl-o-ween-feast.

Furry Bottoms said...

So happy its not the C! Heres to hoping there's a way to make Phantom comfortable really soon. Acupuncture? It really did wonders for Freddy when he had his hip problems.

Marg said...

That is good news for sure. We are sorry he has so much arthritis but hopefully the medicine will help that. So glad there wasn't any thing else. Happy day to all of you.

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Bibi-Chan, Gen-Chan, Vidock, Violette said...

You've probably tried this already but the chondroitin/glucosamine/MSM combo works pretty well for some dogs (and humans…).

Another possibility might be Devil's Claw which is used quite wildly in arthritic horses and exists for dogs too. Take a look at the very end of this article: http://www.naf-equine.eu/uk/katescorner/devils-relief.jsp

Anyway, we're very glad the results didn't show anything evil lurking!

Woofs,
Tommy (and #1)

Mr. Pip said...

Hurray for no evil "c" monster! Yes, we know all about arthritis. Poor Pip had a terrible time with his back legs the last year of his life.

We love you Phantom!

The Florida Furkids said...

OMC we missed the Tuesday post and just found out that Phantom wasn't feeling well. Yippee for no evil C. We hope the new meds make him feel better. Please give him a big hug for us!

The Florida Furkids

Stewey said...

So glad that there's no "C"!
Hopefully, the new meds will help! Have you tried underwater treadmill treatments? It's supposed to help take the pressure off of the dog's arthritic joints - maybe it would help Phantom feel better :)
Stewey

BeadedTail said...

We're so glad it's not the evil C! We're sending purrs that he feels better soon! Give him a smooch from all of us!

Susie and Sidebite said...

Only thing to say is Whew!

The Mad Scots

onespoiledcat said...

Oh thanks for the update on Phantom! Happy there is no evil "C" but I know it's very uncomfortable to ache and hurt - we animals don't want to ACT like we hurt so our humans don't feel bad for us but sometimes we just can't help ourselves!! We hope the medication works on our friend Phantom and wish him lots of "FEEL BETTERS"......Happy Halloween to everyone too!!

Spooky Hugs, Sammy

Madi and Mom said...

GIVE THAT SWEET BRAVE PHANTOM A HUG AND KISS FROM ME...HUGS MADI YOUR BFFF

Sue said...

Now we can let out that breath we've been holding. One of my dogs, Pylon, had a neck/back issue that bothered her from time to time. She took pred for a few days when it was bad, but we discovered that certain foods caused it to flare up and be super painful. Any processed meats or cheese made it hurt.

CreekHiker / HollysFolly said...

So relieved to hear that it's not the evil C! It's not good that he's in pain but it's fantastic that it's not something worse!!!

Happy Howloween! Hope the construction is nearly done!

Two French Bulldogs said...

Thank God!!
Lily

Kat said...

Phew. So glad to hear it wasn't the big C. Maybe try some natural sources of glucosamine for Phantom? It seemed to really help Audi out with his pain and walking.

YD, sometimes with ♥June and ♥Angel Samantha said...

I am so relieved to hear!!!
We can deal with a bulging disc. It's tough to get old...

Ginger Jasper said...

Glad my friend has now sign of the evil C. Hope the meds help with the pain of the arthritis. Paws crossed. Hugs GJ xx

Life with Wrigs said...

We are just getting caught up on your news. So relieved that Phantom's X-rays didn't reveal any signs of cancer! We hope you will find a combination of medications to keep him comfortable. It's great that there are so many options available these days. Getting old is tough, for sure.

Susan and Wrigs

Soggibottom said...

Good news is always welcome. Well done Phantom :-) x x x

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Howdy Woos, that is GREAT news. Sorry about the arthur i tis though Thunder. Take it easy mate.
No worries, and LOVE, Stella and Rory

Alien said...

Thinking of Phantom!

Happy Halloween!

Yours,

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Great news you didn't have to be sedated, Phantom. It's always nice to be able to keep an eye on events. :) Hope the meds help. It's no fun to be in pain.

harringtonspetfood said...

That's great news that it isn't the big c!

rottrover said...

Oh thank DOG!! Would you ever consider acupuncture for Phantom? He might be a good candidate because he's so mellow. Bart swears by it - even for his current issues. Plus it's just a nice way to spend time with your pal!

Momo and Pinot said...

Phantom, our paws crossed.

Your friends,
Momo & Pinot

Arno Vom Altvilstal said...

I'm so happy to read this! That's great! All the best for you, dear Phantom!
Love
Arno

NanaNor's said...

Such great news-a reason to celebrate. Phantom is just showing signs of aging like the rest of us. Have a great weekend.
Hugs, Noreen

chicamom85 said...

We are sooooooooo happy for the good news part.I will cross paws and Mommy will pray that the medicine helps Phantom feel better. I was just thinking that I bet jerky treats would help him feel better also(hint hint) Thank you for the update

Loveys Sasha

Wyatt said...

Sending lots of love to Phantom. It's sucky getting old....Miss Stanzie has a lot more vet visits these days and we do the best we can. She is on Deramaxx too. But, she still loves to hike and hunt and she tends to "Over DO". The vet clinic staff calls her "Party Girl". Maybe she should get together with "Party Boy Phantom".

Wyatt's mom

Sam said...

Oh that is good news!

Monty and Harlow

Prancer Pie said...

We're so glad the visit went ok. Arthritis can be very painful. We know your Mom and Dad are gonna do their best to help. We'll try to help by sending pawsitive thoughts and comforting purrs. XOXO

Jo's World said...

I somehow missed this on our "return" but we are most happy for the big guy and Mom as well. Some pills and being home with his brother and sister might at first just give some sweet gentle help. I too concur that aging can be the pits but the alternative is worse!

Cheers and hugs,

Jo, Stella and Zkhat

Pippa Sheltie said...

Hi guys,
I'm so sorry I haven't been around in a while, and I feel so bad now I've read this! I'm so sorry!
But, phew Phantom, that seems goodish news. Just take it easy on your back and do what the humans say. They seem to know!
Hope you get better soon, I would hate to see your beautiful face so sad!
Pippa :)

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Phantom- I am sorry you hurt-I hope you get to feeling better.
Now we come to thank you for all the love and caring and prayers that you have been sending to me while I have been sick. I am still fighting to get better.
Thank you too for all the love and prayers for my moms.
I do not have words to tell you how you have touched our hearts, Thank you for all the love .
forever
your tweedles

Dennis the Vizsla said...

hello phantom its dennis the vizsla dog hay this is grayt nooz we ar verry happy to heer yoo ar dooing wel!!! tucker duz tel me that the faymus minstrels the rolling stones wer rite wen they sed wot a drag it is gitting old but we ar lukking forward to having the kompany of owr elders for a long time to come!!! ok bye

Hawkeye BrownDog said...

Hi Y'all!

So glad the news was not the big C!

Y'all come by now,
Hawk aka BrownDog

Kari in Alaska said...

That is GREAT news

Stop on by for a visit
Kari
http://dogisgodinreverse.com/

twobarkingdogs said...

Great news!

The Websters said...

We missed this post completely somehow. How is Phantom doing?

Please tell him that I say the best remedy for arthritis is chicken broth. Tasty and good for your joints.

Also, how is your home remodel?

NOra

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Thank you for all the love you brought to Tweedles today. She loves you all-- and she also sends healing wishes for Phantom.
Tweedles is recovering from her surgery.
love
tweedles mommy

Bailey Be Good! said...

That's WONDERFUL news!! We're keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. <3

Woofs & huggies,

~Bailey & Nala (Yep, we're girls!)

Shawnee the Shepherd said...

Oooooo, I did not knows Phantom be hasing Athur-Itis with udder stuffs. I feel his pain. Seriously, I do. I hope the Adequan helps him like it helped me. Do he be a Candy-Date fur seeing a chiropractor? Here be where I found mine http://www.avcadoctors.com/avcadus.htm They be all ofur the place.

FiveSibesMom said...

Okay, overall that is good news...we are keeping Phantom and you in our thoughts and prayers...sending you lots of love and hugs...

Ruby said...

Okays, I don't know how i missed this postie!!! Wait, yes I do, Ma is a total head-case and she has been sucking at her bloggin' duties AGAIN!!!
Anyhu, YEA! Phantom, this sounds pretty good! It sounds like it's gonna be managable, and you can gets extra treaties...okay, i threw in that last part as a dream for me..BOL
POTP dude!!!! And paws crossed for your Poor Moms!!! I hopes she gets better soon!!
Kisses,
Ruby ♥

Biloxi and Siber-sibs said...

HaRooo Phantom, Lightning and Ciara!

You're old pal Biloxi here checking in and tryin' to ketch up! Furry happy to hear woo had sum good results der Phantom!
Lots o' pampering is what woo needs.

Maw and I jest wants to say how sorry we are about Thunder as we hasn't kept up wid da postin. Maw's face was furry wet as she read the post.

I jest wanted to let woo know we still think about all of woo and miss doin' our posts. Hopefully I kin get Maw to sit and git bloggin' again.

Your pal,
Biloxi