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Hi everyone,

We have changed Cooper to a different vet and asked for a second opinion regarding his jaw. Unfortunately the general consensus is that nothing can be done to help it except from pain medication for the rest of his life. So disheartening given his young age however, the pain tablets are helping him to eat and he put on 700g in the last week.
 

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Oh, poor guy. I'm glad he put on some weight. Does giving him smaller kibble (so he can just swallow without chewing) or canned food help him eat?
He is on a tinned food which is for gastrointestinal issues. They have him on this because of how little he has eaten so that it will be more gentle on his stomach. He can't eat kibble. If we give him a biscuit, he crunches it and it breaks into pieces. It takes him 10 to 15 minutes to finish one.
 

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Oh that’s very sad. :( But I’m glad you were able to get a second opinion.

Is there a pain medication he can take long-term without ill effects?
He has an appointment on Thursday morning and we will discuss how long he can be on this particular medication. He has been a little restless at night since starting it.
 

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I am sorry he has this issue. Are there any specialists in this area? Might be worth a third opinion, if there are. A lifetime on pain medication is in the balance. Hugs to you both.
 

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I am sorry he has this issue. Are there any specialists in this area? Might be worth a third opinion, if there are. A lifetime on pain medication is in the balance. Hugs to you both.
Thank you. The new vet consulted with a specialist before informing me. He certainly has been happier since starting his medication. He is more lively in the morning, eating more and pooping more lol. The weight side of things was a big concern for me, his hips were especially bony. He still needs some more muscle on his back legs.

I'm one of these people who believe things happen for a reason and that some things are just meant to be. I'm 37 years old and injured my spine falling in the bath 5 years ago. I have been physically disabled since. I have no option except from pain medication. So maybe me and my little Super Cooper are just meant to be.
 
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