Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Troubles

Katie has concerning days. I tend to only post pictures and videos of her doing well, but the truth is that she has some bad weeks and then bounces back.

Last week, Katie fell a couple of times while going potty or while trying to play. Toppling onto her backside makes her nervous and unhappy. I hate to see her shaking. She has also had days that she has been too lame to do rehab exercises. Some of her nights seem uncomfortable and restless.

Normally, Katie is an excellent pill taker. She is so food motivated she has never cared what is surrounded by cheese. Now she is giving me problems and is suspicious of unearned treats. Luckily, she still likes the taste of Deramax.

Unfortunately, Katie is having a very bad week. On Monday, she had a great day, but since Tuesday morning, she has been in a lot of pain... the most pain she has ever been. We are having to carry her or support her rear end with a towel around her waist. We added Amantadine to her drug arsenal of Deramax and Gabapentin.

There have been some ups and downs, but none of the "ups" have been close to acceptable to me. The difference this time is that she is complaining about her right foot. Recall that the left leg is neurological, had a toe amputated, and has a weird toe that she has been complaining about. She has been off and on lame on her left leg for months now, but now she is extremely painful on her right leg. So much pain that she is choosing to put all of her weight back on the left leg. I'm sure the right leg has suffered quite a pounding as she has compensated for the neurological leg for the last 3 years and especially in the last few months. Unfortunately, the neurological leg is not able to bear the burden of her entire rear end.

I am not sure where this is headed or how much time I will give her to bounce back. Katie is the Queen of the Bounce Back so I am not giving up hope just yet, but her current state is completely unacceptable..... :-(

9 comments:

BrittBeah said...

It sucks when we get old. I hope she gets comfy soon.

Heather said...

Sending white light, jingles, love and good thoughts for a super bounce back. I hope she is just resting up. Love her.

Greyhounds CAN Sit said...

Only you and Katie will know when the time is right to give up hope, and I know you are exploring every avenue to improve her quality of life on her bad days. Have you considered the possibility of one of those cart things for her hind legs? Hugs to you and Katie.

Sam said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Katie's recent troubles. It's so tough when our animals get old. I hope she starts feeling better soon.

houndstooth said...

I am so sorry! It's so hard to watch them struggle. When Treat had her spinal tumor, we used a Bottoms Up Leash, and it helped us (and her) a lot. It makes it a lot easier to support the rear end after you get used to how it's supposed to work.

I've gone through those troublesome uncertain days a few times now. You have my sympathies, because I sure know it isn't easy! I hope she rallies really soon!

4-legged Wiums said...

Awww poor old Katie :( What a sad post. I am sure that she knows you are doing all that you can for her. ((BIG HUGS))

Hiking Hounds said...

I'm so sorry that Katie is having a hard time. I hope the new medicine helps. I'll be thinking about her. Hang in there.

jet said...

I am thinking of you both. It must be so hard when they get old and you have to watch time ravage them :(((

Spiffo said...

Wishing Katie & you all the best. X from Spiffo & Cami