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Date:8/28/2013

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In providing palliative care for Sampson, his owner said they, “often feel like a little girl plugging one leak in the dam, only to find another sprouting elsewhere. We start a course of medication to address arthritis, and we cause stomach distress and weight loss. We add steroids to boost his appetite, but the pain meds aren’t compatible with the steroids. We change pain meds, but the new ones aren’t quite as effective, so we try something else, and around and around we go.”

Their goal for Sampson’s rehabilitative therapy was to provide pain relief, increase mobility and to increase appetite, without reaching for a pill bottle all of the time.

It has now been five and a half months since Sampson’s amputation. He is happier, more alert and eating better than he has in the last year and a half. His pain medication dose is very low, and they’ve drastically cut the steroids, too.

“I absolutely believe that physical rehabilitation at Animal Emergency & Referral Center of Minnesota, along with great care from our family vet, have made all that possible. It is a wonderful thing to have a care team composed of people who make an effort to know and love your dog, and to know you,” said Sampson’s owner. “Sampson and I have been together for thirteen years. He is stoic, stubborn, recalcitrant, goofy, peculiar and particular. He is everything I ever wanted in a dog and never expect to find again. What I want for Sampson is for his remaining days to be as normal and as happy and as wonder-filled as possible. What brings him joy might be as simple as an endless supply of cardboard paper towel tubes to gnaw on, sparring with his canine sister, chasing bunnies, or breaking into the litter boxes for an afternoon snack! And sure, it can be hamburger for dinner instead of kibble, if that’s what he wants.”

Every week, Sampson hops into AERC with tail wags and a goofy grin for everyone in The Sport & Strength Department—something he cou
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