An Unexpected Lesson in Gratitude

My sweet Holly

A pill bottle sits next to my laptop. The label is fading. The dispense date is June 2006. A prescription for 15 pills. Canine pills. For Holly, collie mix.

The pills are Deramaxx.

This afternoon I decided to clean out the medicine cabinet. As I filtered through the medications, checking expiration dates, I came across this bottle. Small, brown and seemingly innocuous. I don’t remember why our vet at the time prescribed them. But as soon as I saw what they were, I was flooded with a terrible realization.

We could have lost Holly in 2006. She would have only been four years old.

I stood at the counter a long time just looking at the bottle, at Holly’s name and the date. Then I opened it up. The faux beef smell turned my stomach. I counted them. Twelve and a half pills remained of the original fifteen.

In 2006, we gave Holly two and a half pills. We were supposed to give her more than that. And had we done so, we probably would have lost her. We shouldn’t have lost her in 2010, but I’m so grateful for the four more years we had as a result of NOT giving her those pills.

God, I miss her.

To all of you who have arrived at this blog because you’ve lost your companion to Deramaxx, my heart goes out to you. You are not alone. Every day, people search for information about Deramaxx and come here. Close to 2,000 visits as of this posting. They read Holly’s story, and the other stories shared in the comments, and they know they’re not the only ones affected by this terrible drug.

To all dog owners, please hug and squeeze and love your dogs and promise them you’ll always research the side effects of medications before giving them any.

Thank you. ❤

3 Comments Add yours

  1. I’ll just hug and squeeze my friend. ❤

    1. I’ll just take it! Thanks, Kimmie! ❤

      1. .E.K. SING says:

        hello Amy,it is now 2121Feb. I don’t know if this will reach you. My precious Belgian Shepherd,ANGEL. FUNNY INTELLIGENT beyond anything I had ever experienced. Play,play,play….90 lbs of love..protective… saved my life in many ways. Hated smell of bleach and would close oven door if anyone dared to open it because of natural gas odorant. Wore himself out jumping and catching anything . Jeneber responded to ELECTRIC ovens. Your story was sad and angered me. TRAMADOL My precious big guy for eleven years. Pain in hips
        So vet said TRAMADOL WOULD HELP…… stopped eating anything! Awful diarrhea….listless. Asked Vet if TRAMADOL could be issue
        Oh no.. VET so self assured. One night he appeared a bit happier….PUT SEVERAL TOYS IN MY LAP!!! WOW he’s getting better.. wobbly,,even ate bit of food.
        I slept in chair bout 5 feet away ..his long hair blowing in breeze from fan. STRETCHED OUT. Always watching me.. Nodded off in my easy chair. Few hours later still staring at me. All stretching out…. except dead. I could not believe beautiful,but gone forever…there aren’t enoughTEARS.!! EVERYONE, PLEASE do complete research on ANYTHING ingredients.. research every one of them!! TRAMADOL…. MAY WORK
        for some others … destruction. for Angel ! I have had two German Shepherds each for over 12 years,an Akita 17 yrrs. Belgian Turveran Shepherd 11 yrs. Levaquin was also given to me when I had no infection,no fever. Awful drug.
        Magnificent…gone in 2016 given a drug no one should take. THANK YOU GOD FOR EVERY SECOND,and THANK YOU AMY🐺💟

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