Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Happy Canada Day...

NOT!

There is very little good that I can say about this weekend :o( The weather has been awful. It has rained err, I mean 'poured', for the majority of the last three days but now it has turned into a very hot and humid atmosphere. This definitely limits any outdoor activity but it has also wreaking havoc on my joints. But the real upset began yesterday....

I had woken up around 5 am and went to sleep on the couch with Brie because there was a thunder and lightning storm. It really doesn't bother her too much but she was awake and it was nice to spend some mother/daughter time :o) Shortly after breakfast, DH and I had gotten ourselves ready to take a trip into town. We desperately needed groceries and there were a few other stops on our list. Brie seemed quite normal and kept circling her Kong, hoping someone would stop long enough to play with her.

I finally convinced DH to throw the K-o-n-g a few times to please Little One. He threw it once and Brie ran to retrieve it but stopped short and had no desire to bring it back. DH went to sit in his chair and Brie wasn't far behind to stretch out on his legs. I came out to see if I could entice her to play and she jumped down and ran right over. She ran and retrieved the Kong a handful of times but then stopped. We thought this was quite odd but thought that maybe she was just tired. I tried some hands on play but she yelped a few times. We examined her for injuries and couldn't find 'anything'. When we left, we put her in her kennel.

We arrived home about five hours later and as soon as I opened the door, she started whining. I got her supper but she still whined. I let her out to use the bathroom but when she came back in, she whined some more. I was at wits end and sent her out with DH and Duncan. When DH was done mowing the lawn, I called for Brie to come inside. I watched her run to the door and noticed she was running at an odd angle. I checked her over again but still couldn't find anything. But then I asked her to sit and saw that she was having a bit of trouble. When I asked her to sit up, she couldn't do it at all. I was beside myself :o(

I called the vet and she said it was probably her back and to give her half a baby Aspirin to bring down the swelling and then check her again in the morning. But as the night went on, we noticed Brie was getting worse and worse, to the point where she could hardly support her back end. I was hysterical by this point and called the vet again. At 11:30 pm, we were at their office. Thankfully, it was a vet I knew so I knew he was good. After a thorough check, he found that one of the disks in her back had prolapsed. He gave her a shot of Cortisone to reduce the swelling and a shot of Morphine for the pain and took her home with him.

It was SO hard not coming home with her but I knew it was for the best. We talked to the vet this morning but there was still no change BUT things were not any worse, which was really good. A few hours ago, we talked to the vet again and the x-rays showed there are two disks that are involved :o( She is still receiving the Cortisone shots but he's easing up on the Morphine and she's settled. I want to see her SO badly but I know that if we go there it will just excite her and make things worse so I've accepted the fact that I will have to wait until at least tomorrow. The vet was hopeful that things would be better by then.

I'm not one to ask for help, sympathy or good thoughts but now I am pleading. My little girl, Brie, means everything to me and I just want her home and on the mend. She's such a little trooper and is the bright light to anyone's day. This whole thing is going to dramatically change her lifestyle and it's going to be hard not letting her play with her cousins or let her jump on our laps whenever she wants to.

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Please forgive me if I'm a bit off. Usually, I try to find humour in most situations but this time I cannot :o(

25 comments:

Daffycat said...

Oh, Pumpkin! I am so sorry for your little girl. I hope the shots help and you can soon bring her home. {{{hugs}}}

I hate the fact pets can't tell you what hurts~it's heartbreaking.

Crazee4books said...

Oh Cathey,

My thoughts and prayers are for your little Brie. I really,
really hope she is better soon
and that whatever the vet can do for her will make her better so that she can come home to you.

Our furbabies mean the world to
us and it's devastating when they're hurt.

Take care.

Christine said...

Cathey, I'm sending many, many good thoughts to Brie that she recovers quickly and many (((hugs))) to you.

Kendra said...

Doxies and their dreaded back problems. :-(

My childhood Dox had something wrong with her back...slipped disc or something (it's been years, and I was only a kid at the time when it happened). After that, we were very careful with her jumping and such, and she ended up living to almost 17 years.

(((HUGS))) for you and Miss Brie.

WendyCarole said...

I hope Brie is better soon.
((((((((((((((((((Brie))))))))))))))))) ((((((((((((((Cathey))))))))))))

brokenfairy said...

Oh Poor Brie,and poor you I hope the Vet can help your furbaby and have her home with you soon!!! {{Hugs}}

Chiloe said...

Hope she recover quickly ((((((hugs)))))))

They also have ostheopathy for dogs (if you find one , it can help ;) )

Little Cat said...

Oh honey that's awful. Poor little Brie. Sending good thoughts and well wishes for your little girl.

((((hugs))))

Ginnie said...

So sorry to hear about Brie, our dog was ill recently, he is old and it worries me a lot. You just want to doyour best for them. I hope she is on the mend soon.

Iris said...

Big hugs pumpkin,
I hope Brie gets better soon !!!

~V said...

Cathey, I'm so sorry sweetie. I hope you can bring her home VERY soon. Thank goodness you have a wonderful vet who was there for you and took her home, wow! That's just awesome that he is taking such good care of her, I know it will be worth it in the end ((((Hugs))))

xstitch.nl said...

Aaw, poor thing!! I hope she gets better soon. It's so distressing seeing your pet suffer! She is obviously very important to you and very much loved!! Take care!

Shannon said...

*huge hugs* You know my thoughts are with you and Brie. :(

Jocelyn said...

OH NO, Cathey!! I'm SO sorry to hear this. I hope that she gets better soon and you can bring her home.

Don't worry about the change in lifestyle this will engender--animals are very resilient. She will cope just fine!

Jennifer said...

Poor little girl!!!! I do hope she's feeling better soon and gets to come home.

Rachel S said...

Oh, I am so sorry to hear about this. For me, I would rather be sick that see my babies in any kind of pain, especially if I can't fix it.

I'm keeping you and her in my thoughts.

Hugs for you.

~Tammy said...

Awwww, poor little peanut. I hope Brie is on the mend soon.

That is an incredible vet you have to take Brie home with him.

Sending gentle hugs to you both.

Karen said...

Oh Cathey I know how you feel , I hope Brie comes home and her back has eased the lord and lady of this house send doggy hugs

Katie said...

Oh I hope Brie is doing better today (and her mommy too!)

{{{{{{Hugs}}}}}}

Mary Ann said...

I'm so sorry! I'm sending big hugs to you, and gentle ones for Brie. I hope she is better and back home with you very soon.

((HUGS))

Sharon said...

Cathey, sending Brie lots of postitive vibes to get better and back home soon! Life may change a little for her-but you will be there to help her make through.

Barb said...

I hope the shots help her. It's hard to see a pet hurting.

Jenn said...

Oh Cathey!!! I hope Brie is better and home soon. I know how much she means to you. {{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}

Lori-Ann said...

Sorry she's having this trouble so young.

Fortunately, Frankie was just too big to allow him to jump into our laps.

Our living rooms is off limits to him because we don't want him jumping. So far so good.

I've known other cases of doggoie disk problems and they have turned out well, with some minor restrictions.

I'm sure Brie will get better. It's so hard to see our furry friends hurt.
Hugs!

Sharon said...

Oh, Cathey, I just was catching up with blogs and found your post about Brie. ((((Cathey)))) sending you lots of hugs, I know how bad you must feel for your sweet little Brie, I will keep her and you in my prayers and thoughts. I pray its nothing serious and you will have that sweetie back in your arms snuggled up again.