Just an update on Cassidy. She seems to be ok! Well, as ok as a 16 year old is, so I do think it was the barometric change that caused her arthritis to flare. If you could have seen her, she just couldn't lift her back end and her eyes were so glassy, but maybe that was pain? I don't know, all I know is she ate last night and was walking around and this morning, she was smiling. Thanks everyone for your prayers and warm thoughts. I really appreciate it.
Kelly, somehow I missed your message yesterday. Of gosh! I love that you are giving advice as a vet tech, or an ex-vet tech :) Believe me, I am not afraid to take my dogs to the ER vet clinic. At one time, they knew me on a first name basis! I had a Golden named Shannon, such a beautiful girl, inside and out. She was diagnosed with lymphoma when she was 7 years old. I was told that if we did nothing, she'd be dead within two months. If we did chemo, she could live as long as 3 years. I was also told that chemo does not affect dogs as it does people, doesn't make them nauseas or lose their fur and she could have a very good quality of life. So, we went ahead with it. My husband was out of work at the time. The chemo gave her an additional 15 months and as far as we could tell, it never bothered her. She went into remission 3 times, for as long as 3 months at a time. We were seeing a vet oncologist at the ER clinic. There were so many times that I was there in the middle of the night, because I thought something might be going on, or I felt one of her lymph nodes and it felt swollen to me. Anyway, they got to know me quite well. In the end, we took Shannon there to have her euthanized, when it was time, and when it was over, the oncologist's tech came over to us and gave us an imprint of her paw that they had taken with soft clay just before she was euthanized. Shannon always put her paw in my hand. Now, we have the imprint. Ok, have myself in tears now...anyway, thanks so much for your input. I feel the same as you, not be afraid to take your dog in. My problem with Cassidy night before last wasn't me, it was my husband, telling me to wait. Guess he turned out to be right.
I hope everyone has a great day
Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, scoliosis, back problems, hypothyroidism.