Thursday, September 23, 2010

My other kid

So, I was originally planning to write my Mama Kat writing prompt on 4) Your pets least likable character trait.

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?

Mama's Losin' It

3 comments:

alessandra said...

Poor girl, sorry but I'm not able to help.

Lesley said...

Well isn't she just a sweetheart puppy dog! It must be horrible to know that she is feeling so bad and not be able to make it go away. Sounds like she's go a wonderful, caring owner though. I hope you find a connection that can give you some insight.

jensays (whatwouldjendo) said...

oh your poor dog, that breaks my heart. I hate when our pets are sick or in pain, they can't tell us where or why it hurts.

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