Who Won The Week? 12/8/19

10CC3057-4EEA-4C80-B8C1-700C0FC6C906It’s time for another Who Won the Week prompt. The idea behind Who Won the Week is for you to select who you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

My pick for this week is a personal one. Our dog won the week.66B67C7C-2D2F-4205-90DA-CD64E936FE34Our dog, who we rescued from a kill shelter when she was five, turned 14 this week. She’s a German shepherd and Labrador retriever mix. She’s suffering from arthritis and a slight case of doggie dementia. For months we’ve had her on two different medications, Gabapentin and Meloxicam, to treat the arthritis, but her limping continued to get worse and we were really contemplating putting her down, as she was clearly in pain.

But something interesting happened this week. Last Sunday we forgot to give her one of her Gabapentin pills, and when we walked her afterwards, her limping was no worse. We also didn’t give her Gabapentin the next day. And this time, her limping was less pronounced and she walked more briskly than she had in months.

So we decided to stop giving her Gabapentin while continuing with Meloxicam, and now she’s doing great — hardly limping and walking much more briskly and for longer walks. Apparently the Gabapentin was doing more harm than good and was possibly counteracting the pain relief actions of Meloxicam. So now Meloxicam is the only med she is getting.

Our beautiful old lady and beloved companion, who just celebrated her 14th birthday, and who is doing much better, won the week.

And now it’s your turn, folks. Who (or what) do you think won the week?

21 thoughts on “Who Won The Week? 12/8/19

  1. Melanie B Cee December 8, 2019 / 11:00 am

    Your doggie totally gets my vote. I never knew Gabapentin was used on animals, I take it for my diabetic neuropathy (which causes pain). It works pretty well. I’m a little shocked, as I’d never heard of that as a remedy for the canine. Pudge (who has bad arthritis in his front legs) is given Rimadyl (carprofen). Huny took Rimadyl, as did my neighbor’s chihuahua who was elderly (15 when he passed away). I’m glad the ‘old lady’ is feeling better and has perked up. You have discovered something too…something not to give to her.

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  2. rugby843 December 8, 2019 / 11:22 am

    How weird? For the record I was on G for a while, found out I was allergic to it and it did not help with the pain at all. Hugs to your sweetie.

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  3. crushedcaramel December 8, 2019 / 4:11 pm

    I see Gabapentin going out to patients all the time, I never thought it was prescribed by vets too.

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  4. annieasksyou December 8, 2019 / 7:39 pm

    That is a terrific story! I know the awfulness of trying to decide if it’s time—I’m so glad for her and you that she’s not ready—her QoL is better. Our collie/shepherd lived to 16-1/2.

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    • Fandango December 9, 2019 / 7:52 am

      Yes, although not by plane. We’ve driven across the country with her five times.

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  5. ajeanneinthekitchen December 9, 2019 / 8:38 am

    Poor baby. Our dog Lucie is on both of those too. She is doing great, and she will be 8 tomorrow, but she is a big girl, and sadly, the big ones don’t live nearly as long as the smaller ones. She is a big Saint Bernard. Give your baby as much love as you can while you can.

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