So, last night when I walked my beloved Blaze last night, she was herself. Rolling in the snow, running, pulling, sniffing, etc. Last night when we went to take her up to bed, she could hardly walk. She wouldn't look at us in the eye, she looked 100 years old and in so much pain. It breaks your heart to see your dog in pain. They can't tell you why they are sore, where it hurts, but you just know they feel really bad. Very analogous to having an 8 week old daughter!
This morning when I got up to walk her, she was exactly the same. Her back was hunched over, her right side looked sore, shaking, and she wasn't stable on her feet. We went out for her walk and she was very slow. A few times throughout the walk she would attempt to walk faster, and even run a bit. That only lasted for seconds and then she was back to her slow, uncomfortable walk. She didn't eat her breakfast and just looked terrible.
The other strange thing is that she wouldn't look us in the eye. She hid in the corners behind chairs and stared at the wall. So strange. We booked the vet appointment for this afternoon and went to see what was wrong. I lifted her up to get her in the car and she yelped because she was sore. Once again, heartbreaking. We finally got to the vet and the exam eliminated all the really scary stuff...she wasn't on her death bed thankfully. Ultimately what we believe is that she has a pinched nerve in her back. We got a prescription for anti-inflammatories and pain killers and we were back home.
Blaze still isn't eating and is very uncomfortable, but it is such a relief to know that she is going to be OK. She's here, restricted to the main floor, short walks, and no stairs for the next 2 weeks. Now there is a part of me that says it saves me an hour a day as I don't have to walk her, but I really do enjoy the walks. Overall, it is very good news.
I wasn't ready to let her go.
Thanks for reading.