A lot has happened since I started wearing socks on my paws for hyperkeratosis. Two weeks ago today, I decided to keep mom awake for most of the night, whining. She didn't know if I was in pain or if I was playing a new game! The next night, the same thing happened. I took a couple of nights off, and then the whining started again and mom made an appointment with my vet.
I had an event on one of my morning walks with stumbling and circling and then there was the afternoon that I wanted to roll on the grass and I couldn't get back up without help. The steps leading from the driveway onto the porch were becoming an issue. I needed help with those too. We have stairs that go through the garage and out a back door onto the grass and these steps are working out much better for me. Two steps instead of three is better and a 6 inch rise instead of an 8 inch rise is easier on my back legs.
The vet has stolen more of my blood than I wanted to give. I got put on a new joint supplement - Dasuquin and even a CBD gel - ElleVet. They are helping but not totally. and in all fairness, this is all new to me and my Senior body.
In the beginning, mom thought I had my days and nights mixed up and she thought that I had a doggy dementia. My bloodwork has come back just fine. The vet never gave us a firm diagnosis but it's definitely an arthritis issue.
This past Friday night, mom and I were both up all night long and mom was frantic. She had a pain killer med in her stash called Carprofen and at 2am, she used it. It didn't seem to help.
Saturday morning, she called the vet and he told her to come down and pick up a prescription for Galliprant. She gave me the first one Saturday night at 2am, because I was whining again. The directions say these chewable pills work better on an empty stomach but mom noticed when she got up at 5am, that I had been licking the fur on my left side, which led her to believe that my tummy wasn't happy so she fed me breakfast earlier than usual. We have decided this chewable will be administered at 5am - one hour before breakfast and we will see if this works out better for me.
So this is our latest development. It's not fun but we'll get through it with time and patience, hopefully. And about walkies - no morning walks on the pavement and I would love to play in my yard on my lunge line but mom says that until the deer, woodchucks and bunnies stop pooping or until she gets it all cleaned up, she doesn't want me rolling in it.