My wonder dog Ruby has not been feeling very wonderful.
It started this week on Monday. She wasn’t quite herself. The 4th of July week was terrible for her. She hates the loud noises and is a complete nervous Nelly. Happily we have a fantastic vet. She had read my Facebook feed and saw that Ruby was having a rough time and prescribed a “anxiety” med of sorts that was really helpful to her. She knows Ruby and knows she would benefit from it. We so appreciated that.
This week on Monday she was noticably uncomfortable. She just overall seemed sad. She would follow me around more than usual then lay at my feet and look at me very pleadingly. I don’t know how to describe it. Then she would occasionally start shaking like she does with fireworks. I made a note of it in mind and really kept a closer eye on her.
Tuesday came along and she was still doing it. It wasn’t particularly serious but she did seem “off”. The childcare kids tried to play with her and she looked frustrated so I told them to leave her alone. They they suggested that they play that she had puppies and I said – No playing with Ruby at all. She can’t “have puppies” or “get married”. They were to play on their own without her.
I started cutting up a cantelope for lunch and they went into the living room to play. Then I had a funny feeling and went in the living room to check them. One of the oldest kids had Ruby’s paws in her hands and was physically trying to pull Ruby up on the couch. I was very frustrated. I told her to stop and sent her straight to time out. Well I think something more happened to Ruby and I feel sick about it.
After that, Ruby was noticably worse. Now she had her tail down and tucked between her legs. She was shaking a lot and she didn’t look good. As the day went on, she got worse. Kalissa came to pick up Carver and she looked at her. Both of us were confused. Was her tail the problem? Did she have the same problem she had before with an inception (serious intestine problem that requires surgery). I was so confused.
Kalissa ended up calling in and setting up an appointment for the next day….at first they couldn’t get her in then but Kalissa insisted as Ruby really wasn’t good. Kalissa and I questioned the kids asking if anything happened to Ruby and one looked rather guilty.
The next day…Kelli to the rescue. She came and took Ruby to the vet. Ruby is an awful car rider so this was especially appreciated. Here she is getting sedated for x-rays.
The final outcome was this…
She had full anal glands which on a human would be bad hemorrhoids…and she had a badly sprained tail. There was swelling at a few vertebrae.
I’m really frustrated with this…the tail part especially. I don’t know what to do with the kids. I don’t know if I have to ban them from playing with her. It’s so hard…she really enjoys it. I just feel sick that they hurt her on my watch. Ruby is super special to me and I let her get hurt.
In the end, she’s going to be okay. She’s got some pain meds to help her through the next few days. I’m thankful for that. I’m also super thankful that it wasn’t the intestine problem again. I am also really thankful that both Kalissa and Kelli were around to help me with her. She’s a pretty special dog to us all.