December 8th 2011 7:29 am
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Things haven't been going well for Dexter lately and we are afraid that the time is near to ease his pain and suffering.
Dexters diabetes has been controlled for the most part with strict diet and insulin. His insulin curves have always been good but his hip dysplasia is really starting to take a toll on him. His left hind leg is totally parylized and although he gets around pretty good, he has been falling more and now waits at the bottom of the stairs to be carried up. I'm beginning to think that its affecting his other leg now. In addition, his tail is parylized and I think he has started to lose anal sphincter tone...which is a more ominous sign. He is not havin accidents in the house but he is starting to have a lot of difficulty defacating and isn't able to completely empty so there is always some stool left that has to be removed before he comes in.
We also had to change his pain meds back to NSAID's rather than the gabapentin which was working but making him crazy. The metacam works but we had to cut back from 50mg to 30 because he was getting nosebleeds often.
I was really worried earlier this week when he quit eating. I tried everything to get him to ear and all he would do was nibble on some treats. One of the problems with that was deciding what to do about his insulin. Finally, on Tuesday he started eating again and has been eating regularly since then.
One of my thoughts is that he may be sensing my stress over finishing grad school and sharing in that with me. His moods seem to fluctuate with my levels of stress - even though I don't appear stressed - and I think he can sense that. He has also been very clingy lately...more than usual...and stays by my side constantly. I'll be finishing school in a week and I'll see how he is after that and decide what to do. Right now he's laying across my feet as I type - when I should be studying for finals...
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