June 26th 2010 6:55 am
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Well! We've been pretty busy around here for the past few months. Mom and Dad are getting the full monty with us four legged kids... First: Layla and Zeppelin got sprayed by a skunk, then I hurt my back, and now Zeppelin's got sores on his hind legs because Layla nibbles on him too much. Don't tell him, but Mom said he has to wear the cone of shame (shudder) because he licks his sores too much. Poor Zep.
On to me! Something happened Wednesday April 28th, and I was in a lot of pain. Mom and Dad couldn't figure out why and what had happened. I’ll let Mom explain:
We were camping at my fiancé’s family’s place in a small village and we were sleeping in the VW van. Layla and Zep weren’t with us; they stayed home with my sister. So, I got up one morning to let Jagger out to pee, and I found he was walking a little funny. He peed and came back, as if he was walking on his tippy toes. When he tried to jump back into the VW, he just fell backwards, it was very strange. So I bent over and picked him up, and he screamed the worse possible scream I’ve heard from him. I immediately teared up and put him on the bed in the VW. I tried to check him all over, but he was shaking and obviously in pain. So, it was still very early, and he seemed to calm down pretty fast. I brought him under the blankets and he curled us and fell asleep. For the rest of the day, he was very calm and would yelp any time we tried to touch him or pick him up. We couldn’t see a vet that day for personal reasons, but we got an appointment for the very next day.
We saw a new vet named Dr Chong. We went to this new place because our usual vet couldn’t see us that day and a good friend recommended this vet. Needless to say, I do not regret seeing her, she was fantastic. She checked him all over, but couldn’t tell if he was tense in certain areas of his back since he was so scared he was shaking all over. She flipped his feet to the inside and he would bring them back, except one. This is when she started to tell us about slipped disk. She got an xray of Jagger’s spine and showed it to us. She explained that he had two disks that had possibly ruptured and she pointed out some arthritis in his spine as well. She also told us that it was difficult to tell from the xray if the disks were ruptured/herniated/displaced. The treatment is the same, so we opted not to get any more tests done. Dr. Chong gave Jagger a prescription for Prednisone (anti inflammatory) and Methocarbamol (muscle relaxant and pain killer) with hopes to wean him off quickly enough, although some dogs require medication permanently. She instructed us on how to pick him up properly and rescheduled a recheck a week later.
Once we got home, the challenge was to teach Jagger not to jump up onto the couch and the bed, as he was used to doing. The first few days were easy since he was still very sore and stiff. Once the medication kicked in though, he felt better and would try to jump. We’ve been back to the vet a few times (they don’t charge for rechecks!!!! :O ) and we’ve tried to wean him off the Methocarbamol. However, it was obvious that he was very stiff without it, so we kept him on both medications. Finally, at the last visit Dr Chong told us she was very happy with his progress and that we should try to stop the medications all together and give him some Glucosamine. The Glucosamine will help with the arthritis, but probably won’t do much for his disks, but we will try.
Fast forward to June 26th: Jagger is back to his old self, which is great but also makes it even harder to limit his jumping. He is very tall for his size and used to be able to jump pretty high, and since he is feeling better he thinks he still can! Oh well, it’s a work in progress. Dr Chong told us to finish his prescriptions and start the Glucosamine right away. He is currently taking a Prednisone every four days and a Methocarbamol every four days (so one pill every two days). I’m finding that in the last two weeks he is showing very little discomfort between his “pill” days. Obviously, we would rather not keep him on medication, that is our ultimate goal. We’ll probably see Dr Chong again in a few weeks when we finish the pills. Cross your paws for us! Jagger is a tough little guy and we just want him to be healthy. :)
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Ohhhhhhhh Poor Boy !!!
Glad at least he is responding to treatment at least
gosh, i missed this! i am just so sorry you hurt your back. trust me as a doxie, i have heard how painful it can be. and i have heard about that awful yelp of back pain. :(
you should get your mommy to build a little ramp for you so you don't jump up and down. mine is made of a piece of scrap plywood from home depot with a piece of rug stapled on..i zoom up and down and up and down all day long. trust me, you will never jump again as the ramp is so much fun!
you should take pepcid one half hour before the pred (if you are still taking it) to avoid stomach ulcers, the pred is terrible stuff. (but helpful in short durations).
POTP sweetie pie! you can go to dodgerslist.com for more info.