our 11 1/2 yr old Golden has been diagnosed with cancer. Two lagre masses in right rear leg and several more smaller ones along his back. Among other drugs his vet has prescribed gabapentin 75mg. 3x/day. He has recently lost control of his left rear leg, his right leg is now supporting him instead of the other way around. They did not find any tumors in his left leg. Any thoughts that the meds could be causing this affect?
Gabapentin is essentially an anti-seizure medication that is also used for control of chronic pain, specifically nerve pain. If your sweet Golden is experiencing pain from his cancer, this could help him. He is up there in age, and the goal would be to make him more comfortable. The cancer in his legs is most likely causing him to favor one leg over another. Since the cancer is in his right leg, he is favoring his left. This may be causing his left leg to become sore and painful, so he is trying to use the leg with the least pain.
Sorry you are going through this, it's so hard to see our beloved pets in pain. Just keep him as comfortable as possible, and follow your Vet's instructions. If you feel he needs something stronger for the pain, as the Vet for something else.
I am so sorry to hear about your Golden. If his cancerous tumors are there, then there is
a good chance he will get more. I hate to say this, but, at some point, you may consider
putting him down.The cancer is not going to get better, rather as he gets more he will
not be able to function as you would hope he could. The point is to make him feel better,
and you are not making him feel better with all the drugs in the world. We had a dog for
14 1/2 years that we had to put down, rather than keep him around for our own reasons.
As I said, I am sad to tell you all of this, but you need to prepare yourself for the
inevitable. Forgive me if I have added to your worries.
God bless you and your sweet Golden, and Good Luck.
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