Wednesday, 14 July 2010

limping dog, worry and anti-inflammatories

Penny's having a quiet, quiet time this week. It all began when her on-and-off limp suddenly was ON! One family member took her to the vet, who thought she might (MIGHT, you notice, so fingers crossed) have torn a cruciate ligament.

Being a champion worrier, I foresaw operations, months of enforced quiet for Penny, etc, etc. So, keen to start getting her well, I gave her the anti-inflammatory tablet that the vet had dispensed. But I hadn't read the written report from Other Family Member properly, and I wasn't supposed to start the tablets that night, because Penny had already had an anti-inflammatory injection that day.

Mild panic. Phone call to the all-night Animal Emergency Hospital, who said, just watch her, it's not necessarily an overdose, but ring your own vet in the morning.

So, sleepless night, popping out every few hours to see how Penny was in her crate. (she usually sleeps in different locations around the house during one night, but we shut her into her comfy crate so we'd definitely know if she vomited or had diarrhoeia.)

How glad we were that she had been trained to be happy in a crate, even if we almost never put her in there.

All fine. And she rested beautifully all morning. I congratulated myself on how well she was resting, not stopping to consider how unusual it was for her to be curled up in her crate all day. I even took this photo to show how she'd voluntarily gone in there to rest.

And then, she vomited. And again. I tried to ring our vet, but he was busy. In all, I rang about six times over the next four hours, trying to catch up with him. She vomited twice more, and went out a couple of times to eat grass.

I'm big into guilt, so I stressed mightily that I had overdosed my dog, but my common sense told me she wasn't vomiting much, so we could afford to wait and see.

Eventually the vet rang me and told me to feed her tiny meals of boiled chicken. We did that and so far so good. (It's evening of the next day now.)

So the vet and I have agreed that she should rest and see how she goes, and I won't feed her any more anti-inflammatories.


Noah the Airedale said...

Oh gosh, I hope her vomiting has stopped. They are a worry arent they? Paws crossed she's ok. Keep us posted.

parlance said...

Thanks, Noah. It's all been quite a worry, but hopefully the outcome will be good.

Maggie and Mitch said...

We hope Penny's limpies get better with rest. We sure don't want to see her have to go through surgery!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Honey the Great Dane said...

Oh - pooor Penny! What a shame! But don't feel guilty - we all make mistakes and anyway, it sounds like Penny wasn't too worse for wear. Honey throws up like that sometimes even when she's not on any medication - she just eats too much grass sometimes.

Funny - Honey's "limp" came back last week too - it's her "old war wound" - same front paw - where she's got tendonitis before. Think she wrenched it while playing with another dog at the park...typical bad timing coz we have a dance competition coming up this Sat! I've been resting her in the hopes that it will get better...but it means that I haven't been able to practise / rehearse our routine much...(sigh) guess we'll have to just do the best we can...

Hope Penny is feeling much better soon -


parlance said...

I hope Honey is well and fit soon, and I wish you all the best for the dance competition!

We were to go to dancing club this Sunday, getting prepared for the first-ever competitions in Victoria, but all that is on the back-burner until we find out what is wrong with Penny's back leg. It's funny how it all suddenly seems less important when faced with the possibility of surgery.

parlance said...

Maggie and Mitch, I'm excited to say that she is not limping tonight, and that's only the first couple of days into four week's 'conservative treatment', so I'm feeling more hopeful than I was two days ago!

Hound Girl said...

I am so sorry to hear about Penny's limp. Hope she gets back to normal soon and dont worry we all make mistakes :)

I got your message about the yahoo groups and I joined up last week, thanks for the heads up :)

parlance said...

Hound Girl, I'm sending you good wishes that your problem will work out okay. I'm thinking of you.