December 4, 2008

Abigail Jane

Ab is our first girl dog. She has a personality just like The Princess. She doesn't believe she is a dog and I have often said, if she were a person she would be Gladys Kravitz. She loves to sit in the front window and watch the world go by.
Abigail turned 9 on Monday, December 1st. By Basset standards, she is not an old dog.
Abby is not doing well this week. The worst part is we don't know why. We don't know what is wrong with her. Sunday evening she was rather lethargic and wouldn't eat. Yes, you read that right, a basset hound with no interest in food! JB was rubbing her neck and she screamed, ran across the room and piddled on the carpet. Her neck appeared swollen. We gave her a double dose of rimadyl.
Monday she did a little bit better, but was moving slowly and eating again. Tuesday morning she looked like she was having trouble walking - she was doing something funny with her back legs. Loaded her up in the car and she spent the day visiting with the staff at our vet's office. The opinion is that she somehow hurt her neck. The problem is that we don't know how she did it or how bad it is.
Wednesday she spent the day being an office dog. She would occasionally eat a cookie. But I noticed when she would follow me around the office that she was dragging one of her front feet and occasionally she would stumble - like her other front leg just wouldn't hold her up. This morning, she tired, her front legs aren't working so well - walking is very slow for her. She had no interest in her food and at the vet's suggestion we have taken her off rimadyl and put her on a huge dose of prednisone.
Please - send good thoughts for Abby out.

22 comments :

  1. Oh, poor Abby! It's so hard when your pup isn't well, because they don't talk very well. I hope it works out well for her. Keep us updated.

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  2. One of my dogs Pylon had a similar problem. Her back would go out every now and then, but it was up around her neck. She would hold her head funny and have trouble walking. She was in a lot of pain.

    When it happened we'd immediately start her on prednisone and baby aspirin. She had it happen about half a dozen times, then we met a canine acupuncturist who did massage on her back and neck. She never had the problem again.

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  3. Oh, poor Abby! My thoughts are with her; I hope she gets better soon!

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  4. Oh dear, poor Abby! I do hope you find out what the problem is so she'll be back to her normal self again.

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  5. Poor Abby, we will be praying for her recovery, Honey Dew and Sampson send their best to her too!

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  6. I'm so sorry, Gaylen. I'll keep her in my thoughts. Hopefully it'll pass with some different meds and a bit of rest. Give her some doggy love for me.

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  7. Aw poor Abby! Prayers and big woof hugs to her and you! I hope she gets better soon, hate when our furkids aren't feeling thier best.

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  8. Oh G, please give her a huge hug from me and the boys. I know you guys are completely freaked out right now, and i am so so sorry. I am thinking of you guys.

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  9. Simon and I are sending our best "hurry up and get better" vibes to Abby right now. I know how heartbreaking and helpless it feels when your pup is under the weather. ((hugs))

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  10. Alex & Skippy send their best wishes to Abby, too. It's so hard when they're not well.

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  11. Walter and George (my Basset boys) are sending healing drool Abby's
    way. Hope she feels better soon.

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  12. my goodness, poor sweet abby. I will keep her in my thoughts and prayers that she gets better or at least a diagnosis to work on getting better.

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  13. Poor sweet Abby. I'm sending healing vibes and good thoughts her way. Lots of kisses, too, from Emma, Tara and Cooper.

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  14. Doggy-Get-Better wishes from the whole Becher clan... 'Boris', 'Clem', The Bored One, The Silent One, The Bossy One, The Jabberbox, The Destuctive One, Jemima Browndog Puddintaigne, and Cat. And I have a good feeling about the acupuncture. I hope new vet tries it on poor Miss Abigail.

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  15. Sending loads of good vibes to Abby... poor baby girl...

    Did the vet do xrays and all and they still can't pinpoint it?? :( The not knowing is the absolute worst........

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  16. I lovers my abbydoodle noodle girl... she better get better or I'll have to use kati's fur to mop up my tears! She will be better soon because she has to! She is so young and spry! I'm glad I got to see her last weekend to love on her! call me with lots of updates!

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  17. Peebee (Pongo), Budderball (Buddy) and I are sending lots of prayers for Abby. hope she is better soon!

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  18. Did you get Abby's blood works and xrays done?
    Your Vet sounds like he is 'guessing' at this. Hope she gets better soon.

    Heather

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  19. Hope Abby is feeling better soon. Puppy well wishes for her

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  20. I hope Abby get's better soon.

    No interest in food? very odd.

    Just make sure you know the side effects of Rimadyl.

    Side effect of Rimadyl

    To be on the safe side.

    My dog did not make it.

    Geng Daddi

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  21. Oh Marie! poor Abby,
    I am so sorry, It is hard when they are ill and can't tell why or what is wrong.
    You guys are in my prayers this week!

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