Hello again! Can you believe its December 2nd already? Where did the year go? Earlier this week we took Kaiser to the vet to talk about some of his health problems and I thought I’d talk about them in a little more detail today, so here goes!
The past month (End of Oct-Now) has been very hard for Kaiser, whenever the weather got cold he would just lay in the floor and cry, he wasn’t even bothering to stand up when he needed to get somewhere, he would army crawl our just drag his back leg along. Naturally this concerned us (no one likes seeing their babies in pain) and we wanted to vet to check him out and see what was going on.
At first the thought was that the accident that caused him to loose his leg (being hit by a car) might have caused some damage to his spine or hips, or they might have accidentally missed something when they did the amputation (not common but like anything it can happen)
So Friday morning we take Kaiser to the vet, and the thing I love about our vet is they truly are in it for the animals, I called ahead of time to let them know about Kaiser’s fear and how I didnt think he’d do okay in the waiting room. They responded with “No problem! Just let us know when you get here, we can let you straight into our back room that we use for cases like this!” The room is in the back corner of the office away from the other rooms so Kaiser didnt have to go past any dogs or anyone he might have found scary, the weight scales are in the room so he didn’t have to go out to stand on them, and the room is big enough he could wander around and explore without being afraid!
The vet tech was very kind and Kaiser loved her immediately! She listened to all our concerns and even voiced a few of her own. The doctor was the one Beka had seen and loved SO much, she came in and got right down on the floor, on Kaiser’s level and Kaiser just melted into her giving his little sharky kisses!
We talked about his pain, his behavioral issues, and how sometimes for reasons we cant explain he just panics and when we calm him back down he acts like he doesn’t know where he is or what happened… He was also becoming more and more agressive whenever he wasn’t feeling good, lashing out at everyone so they would leave him alone.
After our lengthy discussion they decided they needed to keep Kaiser to run some tests, do an xray, and do a full body exam, Since Kaiser tends to 1.) move alllllll the time (thus why he’s called the Sharky) and 2.) get grumpy if you touch his owies they decided it was a good idea to first sedate him and then ‘put him under’ while they did all of this… So he had to stay.
Kaiser hadn’t really been away from us since we took him home on Sept 3rd so this was more than a little nerve wracking for us, but they decided to give him a sedative before they took him back so that he would be a little calmer and so he wouldn’t experience his normal kennel anxiety. The nurse who took Kaiser back was very gentle and sweet carrying him back, and they put him in the room with only 1 other dog who was on the other side so that he wouldn’t panic. They did a really good job taking care of him.
And then began the WAIT! It felt like forever but around 1:30 we got the call to come back so they could discuss the findings with us and so we could get our boy before he woke up and panicked if we weren’t there!
Here is what they found:
The amputation was perfect, no complications there
No cancer anywhere (thank God)
His spine looks great
He has arthritis in his joints (which is why they swell when its cold and he cries so much)
And he has hip dysplasia
he lacks muscle mass in his back leg (that will come with time)
Since he is so young (8 months currently) and he only has 3 legs we really want to be proactive with this, so he is on 2,000 mgs of glucosamine a day along with other vitamins to protect his joints and to promote healthy muscle growth
He’s also on Rimadyl once a day for his pain
and he’s on Tramadol for his pain and for his anxiety… The bad thing about this drug is it can cause liver damage so he’s going to have to have his liver panels checked periodically to make sure its not doing any damage
Today makes 3 days on his medicine and so far it has been a complete 360 degree turn! He’s been happy! He’s been less anxious! And for the first time ever he’s able to get out of the bed every morning without crying! He goes right outside to play and have fun and hes just so HAPPY!! He and Beka have even started playing again!
I am so very thankful for this! His wheelchair is going to help even more now, he’ll be able to get exercise and build muscles without impact on his joints, and it’ll help protect his hip! YAY!
A huge THANK YOU to everyone whose prayed for our boy and/or taken an interest in his life, we love our kids very much and we just want everyone healthy!!