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I think as much gentle exercise as possible will be good for him.

My dog is very wobbly and unstable (due to necessary heavy duty medications) and I'm seeing muscle loss too. It's very hard because one creates the other which creates the first again...etc.

He looks pretty darn good for 41!
 

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God Yogi, I wish I had the courage to post the pictures I took of him during the heaves attack this fall. I honestly thought I would lose him. I was a wreak... As for the keeping him up. I rigged a sling during the heaves thing, so I CAN keep him up. I wouldn't use it for something that there wasn't a chance he could recover though, like the problems we're having now ;) But... It helped to save his life while the medications and his will got to work in the fall. I gave him a week for symptoms to ease up, and if they got worse the vet was on call to put him down. And he pulled through that. I just don't want to put him down when he's obviously still so happy alive.
 

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God Yogi, I wish I had the courage to post the pictures I took of him during the heaves attack this fall. I honestly thought I would lose him. I was a wreak... As for the keeping him up. I rigged a sling during the heaves thing, so I CAN keep him up. I wouldn't use it for something that there wasn't a chance he could recover though, like the problems we're having now ;) But... It helped to save his life while the medications and his will got to work in the fall. I gave him a week for symptoms to ease up, and if they got worse the vet was on call to put him down. And he pulled through that. I just don't want to put him down when he's obviously still so happy alive.
I hear your. Sounds like things were rough but he pulled through and is happy.

There IS a point of no return and if you're keeping him up knowing he will never pull through it then that's different and it sounds like you realize it.

Our old mare went down several times and we managed to get her up.

The final time she just gave up and stopped trying and I remember when the vet came out begging her to do something and she said "even if I can get her up she will just go down again". It was her time.

Sounds like you and your vet have a good plan.
 
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