Stiff and Sore

Poor Maggie.
The heat has really been getting to her and like us, it has done nothing to help her arthritis.
We have been aware of more stiffness in her joints, and noticed a couple of days ago that she was limping. On checking her foot, we could see where she’s been licking her feet incessantly which is usually a sign of boredom or anxiety, so I cleaned it with antiseptic and applied the antibiotic cream we keep in reserve for such occasions.

Hubby noticed after her swim the other day that she was a bit stiff in her shoulder, so we have also been giving her the metacam anti inflammatory meds, again something we keep in reserve.
Yesterday, she was in serious trouble, putting no weight on her right foot and in discomfort with her left shoulder. We kept her quiet for the day and she slept for most of it, but when moving, it was pitiful to see her in so much distress.

I rang the vet today and she was seen at 9.15 this morning.
He believes it is her arthritis and we are doing all the right things. We need to give her a full dose of the metacam for the next few days, but explained that in so doing, it knocks her out completely, and that the first time I gave her that dosage, I thought I’d killed her. We are therefore to give her a half dose for two days, then increase it to ¾ and then the full dose. We’ll see what happens on the three quarters dosage.
She is booked in for X-rays tomorrow to see how far the arthritis has progressed since last time, so for the remainder of the day will be in sleepy mode.
She’s out of it at the moment having had her breakfast when we got back (with metacam and glucosomine therein) with some grated cheese. She’s drinking OK and her toileting is normal, though in this heat, her appetite, like our own, is a bit hit and miss.
Poor love. She can’t tell us what’s wrong or where exactly it hurts, but we’re trying sweetheart.

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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48 Responses to Stiff and Sore

  1. Sweet Maggie. Sending positive energy and (wishfully) some cooler weather.

  2. God love her. I hope she gets to feeling better!

  3. fransiweinstein says:

    Poor Maggie. And I’m also sorry for you. It is awful when our beloved fur babies are in pain. I hope the meds kick in quickly and she feels better soon.

    • Thanks Fransi.
      Because she’s a bit dopey today, Hubby has managed to look at her foot properly and discovered some fur that was stiff and pointed. That has all now been cut away, the area cleansed and the antibiotic cream applied. Hopefully that will help as if she can put weight on her foot, she can reduce the strain on the opposite shoulder.

      • fransiweinstein says:

        Between all the love and care I know she’ll be better soon.

      • We try and she can;t tell us, bless her. We like to think we know our dog, hence the concern over medication doses, but we never push it. She wanted to go for a walk this morning, so we did, at her pace, Exercise helps our stiffness in our joints, so hopefully this helped her too.

      • fransiweinstein says:

        I’m sure it did and it’s great that she wanted to go.

      • That’s how I see it too.

      • fransiweinstein says:

        Definitely. Really they are not so different from us. They have so many of the same ailments, and medications. I had a friend whose cat had a thyroid problem and whenever her husband would run out of his pills he’d take one of the cat’s. So if moving around helps our arthritic joints it makes perfect sense that it will help our dogs and cats too.

      • Glucosomine was suggested by another blogger and we tried it almost 2 years ago, It has helped, so I started taking a larger strength for my hands, and it worked for me too.

      • fransiweinstein says:

        Yes, I know many people who take it as well and it works for all of them.


    • Maggie comes everywhere with us, but we will not leave her in the car and one of us either stays with her, or waits outside whatever shop the other has gone in. If we leave her at home, she tends to howl!

  5. Liz says:

    How hot it has been, I bet she didn’t know where to put herself. Hope she feels comfortable soon and hopefully the weather will be cooler too.

  6. Sadje says:

    Aww, poor girl.

  7. Maggie is in my prayers and you are also.I wish nothing but for the best for all of you. 🍀☕👵

  8. joyroses13 says:

    Hope she gets to feeling better soon!

  9. jenanita01 says:

    Arthritis is a miserable ailment that you can’t do much about really. You’re doing the right thing though, plenty of TLC…

  10. Sue Vincent says:

    Bless her. The heat really gets to them … even my joints ache more in this hot weather than in winter.

  11. Maggie knows she has loving and diligent owners, even if she can’t quite understand why she feels the way she does. It’s hell getting older.

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