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


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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