The Story of Choco

Due to old age, Whiskey has been suffering from osteoarthritis and IVDD for the past 2 years and has not been able to get up or walk on his own for a year. By the time Whiskey came to RA, he is in such intense pain that even the daily NSAIDS (non-steroids anti-inflammatory drugs e.g. Cartrophen), pain medications (e.g. Tramadol), and morphine patches prescribed by the vet could no longer hold off the pain. He started to display symptoms of teeth chattering and shaking. His entire spine, especially the lumbar invertebrate was so painful for him to be touched that he would attempt to bite anyone who touches him except his owner. This gave the wrong impression that he was aggressive when it was really his way to avoid contact. Due to the constant intake of painkillers and NSAIDS, his blood works have started to show elevated liver values despite taking conventional liver protectant supplements. The owner was also cautioned that Whiskey might suffer from the side effects of some of these conventional drugs which include diarrhea, loss of appetite, and vomiting. Severe muscle atrophy had set in his rear hind limbs as a result of his reduced mobility.

Dr. Sara Lam

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