When it rains it pours as the saying goes. It seems like something is constantly happening around our place, and it’s not good things. Thursday evening the boys, myself, and the dog were all outside; the boys decided to go quad riding and as I watched them start down our dusty driveway I heard a yelp (so loud the boys also heard it above the quad motors) and the dog went down. She couldn’t even get herself up so my oldest son carried her into the house and put her on her loveseat in my office. We’ve assumed for quite some time that she was starting to get hip dysplasia because of her age. Often in the last two years she would limp every now and again for a couple of days, especially any time she went swimming in the pond.
She’s a 100 pound shepard and I can’t lift her on my own so I had to wait until my son was home from work on Friday to get her to the vet. She never moved all day Friday, not even to try and get up to go to the bathroom, so I knew things were bad. I put the seats down in my Jeep, put her cushion in the back, and loaded her up. When I got to the vet they brought a stretcher out to get her (which she did not like), but there was no way to carry her without her being in pain. The vet said it wasn’t her hip it was her knee she had torn her ACL, he wasn’t sure to what extent without sedating here and taking X-rays but suggested we take her home and give her pain meds for two weeks to see if there’s any improvement. If not they could do surgery followed by 6-8 weeks of therapy.
We took her home and started the pain meds. Since it’s her back leg she can’t even squat to pee so hubby made a sling to go around her middle and she walks on her front legs and we support her back legs with the sling. This dog thinks she’s my keeper and also my shadow, so it’s very stressful on her not being able to follow my every move all day long.
The vet suggested she lose 20 pounds before even considering the surgery and referred me to a pet food supply store that a vet owns and is managed by a trainer. (We noticed the weight gain when we thought she was having hip issues). She no longer could do her morning 5 mile walk with me.
I walked in and told the trainer the situation, the dog’s injury, her weight, and how old she was. She immediately told me to feed her Premium Edge dog food and an all natural dog treat (and the only people food was raw carrots, green beans, and apples). When I went to pay she took no money, she said to try it and see if it works and if it does she knows I’ll be a lifelong customer. How nice was that? She even gave me her personal cell phone number in case I needed anything. So right now the dog isn’t eating much and I’m not sure if it’s because of the meds she’s on or because she’s not hungry from lack of exercise; but at this rate she’ll definitely lose the weight.
For now it’s just a waiting game and she is slowly showing signs of improvement. The vet said not to let her dart after things (like quads, rabbits, and squirrels) I’m not sure how I’m supposed to do that but I will try my best. I spending much of my time reading and keeping quite around the house so she can rest. I take her out on the porch with me and try to garden in an area where she can see me I don’t want to add stress to her or leave her alone in the house.
Never a dull moment around here I tell ya!
HERE’S MY METHOD FOR REMOVING SKUNK ODOR FROM A PET THAT’S BEEN SPRAYED
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