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  1. Kerry Berghoff says:

    Brenda –

    My Presley has congestive heart failure and is on Vetmedin (along with a number of other meds) which we get from Allivet mail order. I just checked, and they see, to have Vetmedin in stock.

    Hope his helps –

  2. We have a dog who refused to be house-trained, I think due to pine needles in the yard getting stuck in her paw pads. The solution we found (may not be for everyone 🙂 was pee pads placed in a less trafficked area of the house. The pee pads they sell for pets are pretty useless so I bought the larger washable ones they make for people off amazon. Works great, she took right to it. I think they even make little faux fire hydrants for male dogs to give them a target. Maybe a set-up like that with a plush little bed for Charlie on the floor beside your bed….he might make his way to the pee pad in the middle of the night on his own and not interrupt your sleep.

  3. Sometimes our “ailments” don’t make sense when they first show up… like with your trigeminal neuralgia. Especially if it woke you up. I’m a nurse and this is common… I have this happen here and there for a chronic painful condition I have. Gabapentin has been used for many, many years for nerve issues but more recently it’s also been used for insomnia. I take 600mg every night. So… maybe the gabapentin helped you get a better nights sleep? I hope you find Charlie’s meds… it’s heartbreaking when we can’t get what we need to help our fur babies!!!!

  4. Just in case ya’ll haven’t found the Vetmedin……Alivet Online has the 10 mg. One of my dogs has to take it so I buy this and cut the pills up because he only needs the 1.25 twice a day. But I like buying it this way because I have a supply for months. I’ve been using this pet pharmacy for a while now and like it very much.

  5. Is it possible to find a substitute prescription for Charlie to take care of the symptoms that the out of stock prescription addresses? Your Dr. Poteet would know. Getting old truly IS not for the weak, and the older I’ve gotten the more I appreciate that old adage! I turned 69 in August. This morning, got all ready to take my half mile hike to the supermarket, got there in strong winds and threatening rain (but no rain) pulling my “granny cart” behind me, as I only go shopping once a week now and so I stock up to make sure I don’t run out of essentials like bread, milk, cheese, thin-sliced low sodium ham and wine (LOL!) Oh, and toilet paper too, usually floating at the very top of the packed granny cart when I leave the supermarket. I’m stocking for winter so I have a goodly supply stashed in storage in the basement, just in case.
    Arrived at the market, filled the cart with my list, went to the self-check out and realized I’d left my ID (for the wine), discount card, credit card and I always carry my debit card too because there is an ATM for my bank inside the supermarket in case my credit card doesn’t work for some reason. But I had totally empty pockets. I’d packed everything I needed for my trip to the supermarket except what I actually needed to buy/pay for my items. I put everything back on the shelves and took the hike back home in the threatening weather. HOW COULD I FORGET SUCH ESSENTIAL THINGS? But I did. A waste of an hour and 10 minutes and no groceries or nuts for my squirrels, who were knocking on the patio door looking for their food all day. Geez Louise. Now I’m thinking I’m getting dementia, and I’m seeing a vision of a large chalkboard in the kitchen with daily lists of things like “be sure to check the lock on your doors to make sure you didn’t leave your keys dangling there,” “be sure to check that you have your ID, credit card, debit card, discount card and slip with “notify this person in case of emergency” in your pockets,” etc. BLEAK! And it makes me angry.

  6. Brenda,
    I can so commiserate with you! I had a dreadful night with my Lucy. She has the smallest bladder ever! I don’t know why, but last night she kept crying to go out. Of course, we are having the beginnings of a series of storms called the “Pineapple Express” here in the Pacific Northwest. This means suiting up in a rain suit and milking boots! Then we walk around in a absolute deluge while she tries to find a “dry spot” on the lawn or pastures… back in the house , removal of dripping wet suit and attempting to towel dry her majesty. I have a bad premonition of our upcoming rainy season…
    Sure hope your medication snafu gets resolved. I don’t think you need any more worry on your plate, regarding Charlie.
    Wishing both of us a better night …

  7. I began getting Capo’s Vetmrdin from WalMart Pet RX a couple of years ago when his vet was experiencing problems keeping it in stock. I always ordered 2-3 month’s supply at a time and re-ordered each time I opened the last bottle, never had a problem with them being out until now. Fortunately his vet had recently received a shipment and I was able to get a couple of boxes, I would have gotten more but his bi-yearly wellness check up is scheduled for early Nov. and I wanted to be certain his prescription remains the same. Walmart Pet Rx is still showing it OUT OF STOCK and can or won’t give me any info as to when they will expect to have it available. So frustrating and possibly life threating for our fur babies if this shortages continues.

  8. Hi Brenda,
    It is hell to get old. I am only 62 and some days feel 100 in my bones and joints. You are so right getting older is not for the faint of heart! I hope your sweet vet will be able to get Charlie’s meds for him. Have you tried going through a regular pharmacy. Sometimes they can get doggie medications too. Have a great new week.

  9. Dianne Tolar says:

    Your vet should have meds to bridge you to your other supplier sends it. My sister’s dog took that and the doctor was always running out of the pills for her.

    Your Gabapentin may be one of those meds to be taken every day to help with the numbness. It is not one to stop taking without contacting your doctor.
    Restful sleep helps lots of things.

    1. I agree. It says not to stop it without consulting a doctor. It should be taken every day or not at.

  10. I am older than you. Age 69. I can really feel the aging process.

    Speaking of age. You are young. Compared to my cousin she is 103
    She is completely alert and walks on her own.. No walker no wheelchair
    She’s awesome. God Bless her.

    1. I have felt it more in the past year. I think much of it is due to lack of sound sleep.

      1. Yes lack of sleep. Is probably a factor. I hope you have many more restful nights.

  11. I’m glad you got some rest last night. Our pets mean so much to us that we devote our whole life to them! When my husband was in the hospital my dog was also in very poor health. She had to go outside every two hours day and night so during the day when I was at the hospital I would put pads and a blanket in her crate and then wash it when I got home. I couldn’t stay overnight with my husband because my daughter worked and I couldn’t ask her to get up all hours of the night to let her out! It was a very hard time for me I always felt guilty for not staying at the hospital with my husband! I hope they get Charlie’s medication in soon!

  12. The small things do make such a difference to a dull or hard day. I saw a beautiful monarch butterfly yesterday and it gave me such a pickup. It seems silly to a lot of folks, but to me it meant I had one of nature’s miracles come to visit my little garden.
    Glad you feel rested.

  13. Annette Tracy says:

    That is a wonderful picture of Charlie in the background with the plant in front. You take some beautiful pictures.

    It’s hard dealing with older pets. I’ve spent a lot of money on my Ziggy this year but we love them.

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