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Thursday, October 26, 2017

I remember well when my children were young and they would get sick the feelings of anxiousness I would feel. I felt so helpless, especially when they were infants and couldn't tell me what they were feeling. It was an all consuming feeling and the tension my body felt was only relaxed when I saw real improvement in them.

Now we've had a few dogs and I loved them very much but I am shocked at the love and attachment that I feel for our 'Peaches' She came to us a year ago from a friend who was working crazy hours and she decided to do what was best for Peaches and find her home where she could get more attention. My husband and I are retired so she has attention 24 / 7 and walking her, playing with her, feeding her, sleeping with her takes up our day. She is our baby! (I remember thinking people were a little goofy when they said that) Last Thursday she refused to reach up to the ledge where I put her evening treats after her last walk of the day. Getting her treats is routine so it was a little surprising. Friday she yelped as she came up the front door step...by Sunday we could tell she was in some pain and late in the afternoon as she tried to run and greet my husband when he came home from the store her back legs just gave out.

We got her in to a vet on Monday and she has slipped discs, not uncommon for doxies or beagles and she is a mix of the two. She is on pain meds, which took us a while to figure out anything that she would take the meds in. Finally mixing in peanut butter is working, sort of. She is getting wise to us.

She has almost no appetite and even getting her to drink is hard. She will once in a while but not nearly enough. I'm reading every article I can find and we're trying a different brand of organic yogurt and I'll boil some chicken thighs to make a broth that might appeal to her.

My hubby has also gone to get her some anxiety meds from the vet to see if that will calm her enough to give her an appetite and let her rest more too.

Anyway, the reason I started this blog is to get out my own anxiety of watching my poor baby hurt. I can hardly think of anything else. When I have a minute or two that she isn't on my mind it almost surprises me. I love her so much and pray that her healing is beginning and soon we'll have our happy pup back. Thanks for reading....kath
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    It is so hard to watch our fur babies in pain...as others have said...the same as a child!
    839 days ago
  • KAMEL622
    She is a little more agreeable about taking the pills licking the pb off of hubby's finger...not mine though. lol I also got her some joint vitamins in hopes that might help her some...we'll do anything. I almost stand there and hand feed her chicken and yogurt. She seems to take it better if I'm holding the plate..I'm willing that is for sure. I even managed to sneak in a couple of pieces of her dog food heehee.

    She seems less agitated and isn't yelping as much either, so those are minimally good signs. Still isn't using her back legs at all and had diarrhea last night, but I'm sure that has to do with her meds.

    Thanks all!!!
    842 days ago
    Oh Kathy ... it's so hard watching our little furbabys hurt .. Are you still getting her pain pills in her .. at least a little bit .. You said she's getting wise to it ..

    I know Phyllis told you about the squish the pill with a spoon and mix with peanut butter .. And peanut butter can be such a wonderful tool .. It will give protien, and for those little stinkers that don't like to take pills, you can actually put it on your finger, open their mouth and spread it on the top of their mouth .. They can't spit it out, and they'll walk around looking like they are cleaning off their nose for a while .. but it's not going to hurt them .. I had to actually use that trick in the later years for puppy ..

    I hope she's getting better .. emoticon sending healing thoughts !!!!
    842 days ago
    It's so hard to watch a dog suffer. They are such happy, giving creatures and deserve all the best.
    845 days ago
  • KAMEL622
    Thank you everyone for your kind words and encouragement.

    Today was her best day since last Thursday. I boiled a chicken leg and thigh with some veggies to make her the broth. I took all of the meat off of the bone and got out a container to store some for her but first I put a small amount on a plate and took it to her...she wolfed it down! I went and got more...she wolfed it down! I got the container to add to the plate and she ended up eating all of it! She also ate a container of organic yogurt..small portions throughout the day. She drank a healthy amount (for her right now) of the broth too.

    We've been offering her pb without meds and then with so she is being fairly agreeable about taking it...for now anyway.

    Again thank you all and PCOH051610 I didn't feel in way that you were minimizing what we are going through...it is great to read about others having had the same feelings and coming out the other side...also I LOVE that you had a Peaches too. Ours came prenamed and we weren't sure about the name at first, now I cannot imagine any other name for her!

    846 days ago
    Awwww, they ARE babies! so sorry. Hope that you can get her to eat and drink. Chicken broth that you're making always worked w/my fur baby. And I'd get ground sirloin, cook it up and rinse off the fat (almost none from ground sirloin). He always ate that, bless his heart.

    846 days ago
  • PCOH051610
    Sending loving thoughts to you and your husband but especially to dear little Peaches. We had our own little Peaches (I think her picture is in my photos) and she lived to be 17 and a half! She was my flower girl when we got married.

    I know some of what you are going through. Our Pomeranian was ran over (when I got to him he was on his back and the tire was still on him right up through his legs stopping mere inches from his neck) - he survived after a very long six months. Then this past spring his gallbladder ruptured (!) and it was touch and go for many weeks.

    I'm not trying to make light of what you are going through but may it help that I can understand your fears, anxiety and frustration. We ended up buying a syringe and got water into Maddy. When he was able to eat I hand fed him boiled chicken.

    Big hugs!
    846 days ago
  • JAYCEE1969
    Sending healing energy. I have always been a cat lover, but I fell in love with the dog my BF had and now I have another one as well. They just steal your heart. Prayers for you and your baby!
    846 days ago
    I hope the puppies feel better soon. I hate it when my dogs are in pain
    846 days ago
    Yes when appt has discomfort you feel it too.. just like one of your own children. Hope she feels better soon Hugs
    846 days ago
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