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Our visit to the vet is a story I had to share. You have people that just do not believe that animals do feel, do have their own personalities and do have family structure. My dogs prove otherwise every day but this day, well siblings will be siblings.
I got home with plenty of time to spare to take everyone out and get the two dogs that had to go to the vet in the truck. However, that is not how it goes in this house. Sure take everyone out and of course Mini Me aka Jesse decides he does not want to be left without the other two so he is more than happy to hop in the truck while I have to beg, plead and practically drag the other to big baby’s figuratively and literally into the truck.
Everyone is finally in the truck and we are off. The drive goes fine and we only have about five minutes to go. YES we make it to the vet just in time for the appointment. We manage to get out of the truck with out Jesse squeezing out too. Although he whines and cries so loud you would think he was being tortured. “NO PLEASE DON’T LEAVE ME” he says.
I open the door and why would one think that both Brandon and Khloe would cooperate and go in the door smoothly. Nope they both walk in opposite directions and I have to reel them in like fish and steer them through the door with patient genius.
Our technician comes out and wants to weigh them. Khloe with just a little coaxing gets on the scale and sits like a good girl. Next is Brandon’s turn but he can’t figure out what to do so Khloe like a good sister patiently shows brother how to step up and sit on the scale. What a good sister to help brother.
Off to the room to visit the vet. Both of my poor babies are so nervous they are shaking and panting. Khloe keeps giving brother kisses as she continues to pace. Finally the doctor comes in and they both adore her but Khloe keeps her distance while Brandon gives love. The doctor takes this as he wants to go first. Like a good boy he goes through his exam and shots with flying colors.
Next Khloe is up and I bring her closer to me so the vet can get close enough to her however Brandon decides he will protect his nervous sister. Every time the doctor steps toward Khloe Brandon inserts himself between the two! Even the doctor congratulates him for protecting his little sister.
When we finally finish and they are ready to leave they get in the truck quite easily to leave. Once I hop in the truck I look to make sure everyone is sitting and comfortable but realize that Jesse is giving me the “help me mom” look. So I jump out and run around to his side thinking he is stuck and his leash is caught on something. Until I realize what happened I am laughing so hard because Brasndon is laying there with this devils smile on his face as I see Brandon is laying on Jesse’s leash and refuses to move. At least we know which sibling he likes to torture.
Smaller longer bodied dogs like the Dachshund, Pekingese, Lhasa Apso, and Beagles are usually more likely to have back problem but back problems can effect most animals they are less prominent in cats but can still occur.
Pain can be caused by several different conditions ranging from cancer to an enlarged prostate. The most common problem is a slipped disc. When the gel-like cushions called discs protect the spinal-chord bulges out putting pressure on the chord causing inflammation of the nerves it can cause pain and other symptoms.
Lower back and neck are most common areas for disc problems to occur. In the lower back they will often arch their back or hold a rigid position. Your pet may be reluctant to move and may even cry out if the spine is flexed and sometimes even touched. The rear legs can become weak or unstable and they may also lose control of their bladder.
The neck area can be stiff causing your pet to hold their head at an odd angle and may also have weakness, instability while also having muscle spasms. Weakness and instability from this area is usually less severe than that of the lower back area.
If you notice any discomfort, stiffness, strange spasms or unexplained actions discuss with your vet so a thorough exam can be done. An x-ray can show any calcification or signs of the narrowing of the discs.
Treatment varies with the severity of the case along with the cause. Usually an anti- inflammatory is used in conjunction with pain medicine and bed rest. Spinal injuries need time and patience to heal.
If it keeps recurring it will sometimes result in a needed surgery to remove the old disc material and long term physical therapy.
Taz you taught me how to love and understand an animal with special needs. You made my life happy and complete even through the trying times. May you no longer live under a shadow of sickness but walk with the Mother in Peace, Health and Happiness. I Love You and will miss you. Bless your sweet innocent heart.