Thursday, September 23, 2010
My other kid
I was going to tell you some of the annoying traits of my 10-year-old puppy. Such as how she is so anxious some days that she might literally explode out of her crate when I come home. And how she stares me down each night at 10pm because it's her bedtime... and I need to tuck her in!
However, last night at about 4am, she woke me. She was panting and pacing. After I tried letting her outside and back in, several times -- I knew something was amiss.
For the non-dog whisperers out there -- panting and pacing are signs of pain in dogs.
With no sign of injury, I had to go back to a reoccurring problem we've had since Annabelle's rear leg amputation (cancer) in June: phantom limb pain.
Fortunately, we still have pain medications prescribed by her vet. I gave her one (with the "prescribed" tablespoon of peanut butter), and lots of over-the-counter snuggles. She wouldn't come back upstairs to bed, instead going into her crate while the drugs took effect.
She seemed much better this morning -- back to normal in fact. I wish we could better understand and prevent this phantom limb pain. We go back for a check-up next week, so this will be at the top of my list.
Since my dog can't talk, anyone know someone who has experienced phantom limb pain?