Saturday, July 31, 2010

One Month’s Bed Rest

No, not for me, although I wouldn’t object too highly, as lazy as I am. This is the prescribed regime for Peanut. That plus steroids for a month!

Peanut, as most of you know, is a Miniature Dachshund and is susceptible to back injuries, as all Dachshunds are.

This morning, she was droopy and not interested in her food, her daily tablespoon of yogurt or even her treats. She didn’t even want to go outside to “help” us clean the chicken house (which is done, thanks to Norm’s great muscles and skills). She went up to the bedroom and slept there. When I came in for a drink, she yapped at me from there, so I went up to see what the problem was. She was on the bed (she has steps to help her get up and down from the bed) and told me she was not able to use the steps to get down. I put her down and she stumbled over to the four steps from the studio to the living room and said she couldn’t or wouldn’t do them, either. I carried her down and she continued to stumble to the door and refused to do those two steps to the outside.

As I carried her out, she had to lean on her elbows to go potty. She drags her paws and walks, for the most part, on her ankles, so she stumbles as she tries to pull her paws up far enough to use them.

Candy was coming over to drop off some cucumbers and discussed Peanut’s problem with us. I called the vet; Norm and I zipped into town with Peanut and met a wonderful woman vet (I hadn’t met her - just the “regular” one). The doctor checked Peanut out, did X-Rays and then we discussed Peanut’s prognosis.

The vet is not sure what the cause is, but the (hopeful) cure is steroids and bed rest. That means that when she is not on a lap, she needs to be crated so that she doesn’t move around. She needs to be carried outside for potty and then carried right back in. The steroids should cause the swelling (whatever it is) to go down and she should feel better in a few days. But she is still to be crated so that she doesn’t try to play or run around. If she were a human, she would be in bed and would probably understand the problem. So we need to assist her in low mobility. We have a dog crate that we used when we showed our dogs that will work and we have a smaller one, as well that will work for the bedroom, so we can have a crate in the living room and one in the bedroom, as the Vet said it would be safer for her to be crated at night, too, in case she felt the need to go wandering.

Worse case scenario? It could be a blood clot on her spine and we might have to take her to the University of Minnesota for further testing. But the Vet is confident that the steroids will do the trick (along with that bed rest).

So, that’s what is going on with Peanut right now - I will let you know how she does as she gets better (as she WILL).

It’s a hot, muggy day but beautiful, non-the-less. You have a beautiful day.


Candy Duell said...

I hope peanut recovers very quickly. What ever happened with the eye? Is it related at all?

Far Side of Fifty said...

Poor Peanut..I sure hope the steroids work, sending good thoughts your way:)

Frances said...

Hugs to the three of you Connie , especially Peanut. It's horrible when our pets are ill!