Here's to a speedy recovery! I'd like to add one more thing. Years ago, my vet recommended doing annual bloodwork once they hit that "senior" status (7 yrs). Recently a friend's 11 yo became lethargic, just off... I asked him when the last time was he had bloodwork and he'd never had any done. He goes to the same clinic as I do but has been seeing a different vet and they never mentioned it when they've done shots etc. He had bloodwork the next day and his liver enzymes are extremely high. They thought inflammation, gave antibiotics and a supplement, and when he went back for follow up bloodwork (which no one mentioned but me again..), they were even higher. He saw my vet who recommended an ultrasound, and it was ugly. Now there is nothing that can be done. So do that preventative screening and know what your baselines are. I think the blood panel w/ T4 runs ~$150 total w/ the draw.
Sorry about Tank, never easy. Glad to hear Sirius is doing better. Any idea what caused the ulcer so it can be prevented in the future? Be well Sirius!
He has been on Rymadil and Tramadol for a couple years and they are prime suspects. Damned if you do and damned if you don't.
Boy I wish I could help, I just don't know if those drugs individually or together can cause an ulcer that bad.
However I can ask a very talented 3rd year vet student who is with us for the summer,
She loves to tackle medical mystery in animals.
Why both tramadol and rimadyl combo? Arthritic, hips, knees? You can PM me if you want her opinion and any added info
NSAID's such as Rymadil are known to cause ulcers.
Side affects include
Black, tarry stools or flecks of blood in the vomit
Staggering, stumbling, weakness or partial paralysis, full paralysis, dizziness, loss of balance.
Change in urination habits (frequency, color, or smell)
Change in skin (redness, scabs, or scratching)
Change in behavior (such as decreased or increased activity level, seizure or aggression).
Excess use of Rimadyl can lead to gastritis and ulcer formation. It is also believed that in some breeds of dogs it may induce kidney and liver damage.
Very glad you caught this in time; many including myself, would have just attributed his lethargy/loss of appetite to grief and hoped time was all he needed. I know several people that have had problems from extensive use of rimadyl and other pain meds for dogs, but know others who've had their senior guys on them long term with no ill effects. I'm guessing dogs are like people: some tolerate those meds quite well, even long term, and others get nasty side effects.