Kelli’s beagle Puppycat (yes that is the dog’s name) is ten. We were all worried how she’d do when Georgia came along. As they say, “You can’t teach an old dog a new trick”.
Puppycat was around the childcare kids and did fine but we didn’t know how she’d be with Georgia on a daily basis. Puppycat keeps her distance some but overall, really likes Georgia.
Recently Puppycat had some issues. She wouldn’t jump up on the couch. She kind of limped. She wasn’t herself at all. It was the weekend and our regular vet didn’t have hours but the vet they use for the cattle did. That vet ended up giving Puppycat some pain meds.
Puppy didn’t get better…in fact, she gradually got worse and worse. She was at the point she walked around with her tail between her legs, head down and it was obvious she was in pain.
Monday Kelli called into the vet and earliest appointment they could get was the following afternoon. Here’s what the vet said:She might have an infection, it might be a slipped disc, or it might be something else. It likely wasn’t a muscle issue as the previous pain medications should have made her feel greatly improved. So she came home with a bag of medicine–Steroids, antibiotics, and pain pills. We did an X-ray and she has something a little goofy between her 2nd and 3rd vertebrae. We are going to give that a go and see how far we get.
So far, things are definitely on the upswing. She can jump up on the bed and couch by herself without whimpering. She has also been a bit more active and lively and has resumed her lovely habit of begging for scraps and treats. We’ve been putting her meds in peanut butter sandwiches and feeding her wet dog food so she isn’t upset about that either I am sure. She wasn’t happy when we had to put her in the kennel though. Knowing her and her mischievous nose, she likely injured herself when jumping off of a chair or the table.
So for now, we are giving it a go. If she declines again after the steroids, we can always bump them up. Hopefully if she does have the slipped disc, it can scar up a bit so it will be manageable. If not, we’ll have to do a bit more investigating and see what else we can come up with! Thanks so much for checking in on her!