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    Last week, my Bully began limping. This week, his (L) Rear Leg is up off the ground. I took him to the Vet
    because he has an old ACL injury from 2-years ago in the same leg. The Vet prescribed Tramadol for Pain,
    and Rimadyl as an Anti-inflammatory. As of last night, Maximus refuses to eat. So I am unable to get his
    medications into him. He is drinking, but not eating. He needs his medication for Pain and Inflammation
    so he can heal, but I can't force him to eat. I'm sure he is uncomfortable and in pain, so I'm sure he has
    no appetite. He goes back to the Vet on Monday (for his Vaccination).

    Any ideas on how I can get Maximus to eat ?

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maximus View Post
    Last week, my Bully began limping. This week, his (L) Rear Leg is up off the ground. I took him to the Vet
    because he has an old ACL injury from 2-years ago in the same leg. The Vet prescribed Tramadol for Pain,
    and Rimadyl as an Anti-inflammatory. As of last night, Maximus refuses to eat. So I am unable to get his
    medications into him. He is drinking, but not eating. He needs his medication for Pain and Inflammation
    so he can heal, but I can't force him to eat. I'm sure he is uncomfortable and in pain, so I'm sure he has
    no appetite. He goes back to the Vet on Monday (for his Vaccination).

    Any ideas on how I can get Maximus to eat ?

    Thanks.
    Hi, I'm so sorry you're going through this with Maximus, and I hope the medications will help him to heal and get better. He may not have an appetite due to him being in pain. If you can get his pain medication into him, he may perk up and get his appetite back. Is there anything that he likes or is his favourite treat that you could hide his medication in? you could try some peanut butter, or wrapping his pills in a piece of cheese, or even a little bit of vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt, something that he would really like to eat, and you could hide his pills in. Once you can get him to take his pills, he will feel better and get his appetite back, and he will be able to rest easier and not limp as much. I hope it his ACL heals and it isn't anything more serious. Please keep us posted on how he's doing.
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    I would like to add that when Jewel and Bentley were given certain meds, their appetites were suppressed...however, not to the point of not eating. They would eat a little and then go lay back down. You might want to check with your vet.

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    Maximus has already seen his Vet. He was put on Pain Medication and Anti-Inflammatory medication.

    I was able to get the Pain Medication in him with Peanut Butter, and 1/2 of his Anti-inflammatory medication.
    Now I will leave him to rest.
    If his appetite is not better by tomorrow and he is still limping with his leg up in the air - I am taking him to the Emergency
    Veterinary Clinic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maximus View Post
    Maximus has already seen his Vet. He was put on Pain Medication and Anti-Inflammatory medication.

    I was able to get the Pain Medication in him with Peanut Butter, and 1/2 of his Anti-inflammatory medication.
    Now I will leave him to rest.
    If his appetite is not better by tomorrow and he is still limping with his leg up in the air - I am taking him to the Emergency
    Veterinary Clinic.

    sorry to see this. I have nothing to add, just wishing you and Maximus well. Good Luck.
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    Great thinking about taking him back to the Vet or an Emergency vet if he still isn't eating. That's so scary.

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    UPDATE:: 11-21-2015

    Maximus had to be taken to the Emergency Vet last evening at 5PM. He was in distress, and had a Temp of 103.4. His (L) Knee was swollen as was his foot. He was panting heavily and needed to get to a Hospital. The Hospital started an IV on him immediately
    and gave him IV Valium to calm him down, and gave him a water bath to get his temp down. They took X-rays of his (L) leg -
    the results were he now had a complete tear of his ACL. He was admitted for an overnight stay.

    This morning, the Vet called me - Maximus does have a complete tear of his (L) ACL. He is not a candidate for surgery at this time due to Anesthesia - it would be to dangerous for Maximus to undergo surgery at this time. He is overweight and Anesthesia would
    be dangerous. So, we will be bringing him home this afternoon - he will be re-evaluated in 2-Weeks by the Surgery Department.
    His Knee is still swollen.

    Hopefully he will be discharged on Pain medication and Anti-Inflammatory medications. His recovery will be one step at a time.
    Please keep us in your Thoughts and Prayers. Maximus needs your Prayers. Thank you all.

    ~ Patrick

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    This was probably due to the pain or he just was not feeling well..... try small amounts (just enough to cover the pill) Vanilla ice cream.... I KNOW, trying to get him to lose weight, but if he needs the pills, small amounts of ice cream are the best way to get a pill in them --- it is cold so they just swallow
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    Sending prayers for your Maximus
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    Oh poor Maximus. Sorry to read this. Please keep us posted!!

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    Sending positive thoughts and prayers for Maximus. Hopefully with getting his meds down, that can help him rest and not be in so much pain and allow the swelling to go down. Maximus and you are in my thoughts.
    Happiness is a warm bulldog!

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    Sending Prayers and a Speedy Recovery for You Precious Maximus. Loads of Kisses and Hugs to you Sweetie.

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