Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Bumpy Weekend

Why do the serious dog problems happen on holidays and or long weekends? Have you found that to be true with your dogs?

The weekend started out well. Saturday everyone seemed fine and the day passed quietly. Then Sunday rolled along and Miss Morgan had a crisis. It was one of those horrible days that you just feel helpless and try to do the best you can and nothing seems to work. She slept late Sunday morning, then seems a little groggier than usual in the afternoon.

Then in the late afternoon her right rear leg stopped working. She couldn't walk on it and started falling down. At first she'd struggle up by herself but she started getting more and more agitated. Soon she couldn't walk or even stand up by herself. She was very agitated by then and was thrashing around. I gave her some valium to try and calm her and Rob sat on the floor and held her, but she fought him and kept struggling.

Finally I called an early bedtime, gave her a little more valium and took her upstairs to bed. She calmed down and went to sleep. I don't think she moved all night. I got up several times to see if she was breathing. Neither Rob nor I got much sleep. I told him that I thought it was time to let her go and that I'd call the vet on Tuesday morning and arrange it. He agreed.

Monday morning came and Morgan popped up bright and happy and hungry. She went outside and came back in and ate a good breakfast. All day she was alert and happy and had no more trouble walking than usual. We helped her on the stairs but other than that she did fine. She even insisted on going for her little walk. She ate well last night and seemed happy. Rob and I were perplexed. I decided to have Dr B look at her and advise us.

This morning I set up an appointment for Morgan and Fudge. Morgan had a good morning and walked into the exam room by herself. She greeted the doctor and seemed quite relaxed. I explained the problem and he examined her. He doesn't think there's anything wrong with the leg except her arthritis. He thinks the problem is in the brain. Her heart sounds like a young dog and he said not to expect her to die in her sleep. He gave her a big injection of B12 and wants her to go up on her B complex vitamins and add extra B12 daily. He says she will most likely continue to deteriorate until the bad days are more frequent and we'll have to make a decision on quality of life, but for now she's going strong, if a little slow.

Then it was Fudge's turn. Fudge has been irritable and short tempered since his stroke. I thought it might be caused by pain. Dr B examined his legs and they seemed fine, but he thinks there may be a little pain in his spine, either from the stroke or just from arthritis. We're starting him on some pain meds to see if we notice a difference. Unfortunately the doc detected a problem with one testicle. He couldn't tell if it was anything to be concerned with so we'll just watch it for a bit. Don't tell Fudge, but he may be losing those parts since his career is over.

So for now we try to keep Morgan safe and happy and calm and try to encourage Fudge to chill out. It turned out to be a much better day than we had anticipated.


Hailey and Zaphod and their Lady said...

I am so sorry you had to face such a scary Sunday. We are blessed our vet has a vet on site 24 hours a day, so while we live far, we can access one if we need to. Hope the rest of the week goes smoothly.

rottrover said...

Thanks for the update, Sue. Ruby, too has good days (yesterday) and bad days (today). I need to take time for a full report on the blog, but I like how you phrased the "more bad days than good" concept. Just staying in the present, not getting too far ahead - that's the key. Fudge, you don't need those things to be a manly man - just ask Otto!!

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

So sorry for you, Sue. These are the toughest days for us when we know they don't want to leave us yet, but have so many struggles. We hope Miss Morgan does well, and that Fudge gets some relief from his pain. If only they could talk to us . . .

Hugs, Kathie

Foley Monster, Pocket and River Song said...

I am sorry you went through such a terrible weekend. You took good care of your baby. I hope you don't go through it again but living with an older dog can be taxing. Sending blessings to you

Ruby said...

Oh, isn't it always the case that the pups get sick on Holidays! We are lucky our vet ER is really good, and if you get there before 3pm, they really aren't any more expensive than the regular vet. Anyhu, that must have been one scary Sunday...I am so glads Miss Morgan (my Sista!! ☺) is still having more good days than bad. And, I hopes that Fudge is okays, and if he does need to snip-snip, I'm sure he will come through it like a champ! I hopes the pain meds are gonna work for him too!
Phew! I hopes you are gonna have a calm week...how abouts a margarita??? Or a pitcher?? ☺
Ruby ♥

Bella Roxy & Macdui said...

Almost ALWAYS on a weekend or holiday, just one of those home truths. Glad it turned out to be not much to worry about.

Mitch and Molly said...

We love it when you rally, Miss Morgan. It makes our hearts sing☺ Getting old is not easy. Bummer, Fudge, but you have to keep yourself as healthy as you can. We feel for ya, buddy.

Love ya lots♥
Mitch and Molly

Nichole Burke said...

You know I'm always here... and I'm glad you kept me in the loop. As always, let me know what we can do... Hugs!