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.