Ongoing Care for an Aging Boxer Gal (Iron River, WI)

Update posted by Kathleen McBrair On Dec 04, 2013

Well, here we are back in Northern Wisconsin, not a bad thing in and of itself.  However, still doing the hard-core job hunting with few responses and getting little sleep and no privacy.  I have run out of Rimadyl, and the joint chews are nearly gone.  I spent myself out on the vet bills and move.  I am grateful that we had a recent backer.  Starting transcription work at home, but need enough work/pay to get a home so I have enough quiet to do the work.  LOL  We're getting a pretty good snow up here, and Emma loves snow.  No potty break is complete without a tear through the snow around the dog house, so she is still feeling pretty spry.

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Update posted by Kathleen McBrair On Oct 18, 2013

Hello all:  Emma definitely seems to be on the upswing, but we will have to continue the chews and Rimadyl indefinitely.  So that's the good news.  The bad news is that we have to move (less than two weeks away) as there is just no guarantee that I will be able to find a job in time to salvage our circumstances.  We are not being evicted, but it would not be prudent to wait until that actually happens.  Although I have been working for my landlord, we are moving into the slow season, and he has also pulled a couple jobs lately, giving them to the prospective tenants after asking me to do them.  I also had to donate $218 to my own fund and pay the related costs recently due to a card slam.  Perhaps more later when I'm not feeling so gloomy...  Thank you again to all who have helped!

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Update posted by Kathleen McBrair On Oct 03, 2013

Hello all:  It has been quite a week!  Emma is generally improving, but a week ago today, she managed to injure her front right leg--the same side as her troubled hind leg!  After a thorough check of her feet, leg and shoulder, I could not determine the problem and made an evening call to the vet.  They told me to simply keep an eye on it--her Rimadyl could not be increased since she was already at the maximum dosage.  It was disturbing to see her three-legging it and putting more stress on her already-stressed hind leg.  After a few days of keeping her quiet and lifting her onto/off the bed and keeping her from jumping on the couch, she no longer showed any signs of the front leg injury.  ???  Regarding the ongoing situation, she is showing general improvement.  The two-week initial period has now passed, so the Rimadyl is now being decreased.  We will see how things go.  Woof from Emma and Kathleen...

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Update posted by Kathleen McBrair On Sep 18, 2013

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Hello All: We had the perfect day for a little travel, and Emma got to meet her new doctor, Dawn Kennedy, and an interviewing vet as well. Emma behaved perfectly and was so excited about the experience that the potty break yielded a wet sidewalk rather than grass irrigation. They said that she could give doggy classes in how to behave for x-rays. (Liz will appreciate this as we have discussed her video hamming. :D)

Emma had quite a few pretty good days, but the last couple days have been rough. The one good thing about the re-decline is that Dr. Kennedy was clearly able to see the problem. Emma now has a short-term plan, and her treatment/follow-up will be ongoing. If there is no improvement within a few weeks, she will consult with an orthopedist. There is the possibility of exploratory surgery down the road—as anesthesia is necessary either way, MRI and exploratory costs are comparable.

She has been prescribed a course of continued joint chews, Rimadyl and fish oil. We got the fish oil tabs on the way home, so we’re all set for the short-term. Blood work was run to determine the propriety of the Rimadyl. Clinic notes from the record are below.

Sticker shock: $418.24, less the routine cost of $57.36 for six months of Heartgard.  An additional $30 to our friend/driver for gas and dinner.

Verbatim clinic notes: “Emma looks great overall on exam except she is significantly lame on her right hindleg. Her xrays show both arthritis in her knee and hip joints. I suspect the hip arthritis is due to laxity in the joint, most likely due to hip dysplasia. I believe the arthritis in the knee is due to chronic wear and tear on the joint from activity. I recommend continuing the Dasuquin and starting fish oil, 1000mg daily for 2 weeks, then 1000mg twice daily, cut dosage in ½ if diarrhea/soft stool develops. I recommend Rimadyl as needed for flare ups of lameness or pain after initial course of 14 days. If no improvement on the Rimadyl, please call and we will need to evaluate her knee more thoroughly for a meniscal damage. Thank you!!”

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Update posted by Kathleen McBrair On Sep 11, 2013

This is going to read more like a weather update.  A good part of the Midwest has been in the grip of a humidity and heat wave for the last two days.  Since we have been taking a couple showers a day to prevent heat stroke (brachycephalics do not do well with temperature extremes), I decided to err on the side of caution rather than do a road trip.  Emma's appointment with her new vet has been rescheduled for next Tuesday--no appointments were available this week.  I have seen a mild improvement in the leg, so the heat inactivity and joint chews may be giving her some ease....will post more as we go along, and thank you again to you backers and followers!

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Update posted by Kathleen McBrair On Sep 05, 2013

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Emma and I have found a new vet who is very experienced with geriatric dogs AND brachycephalics.  The best news is that she will avoid anesthesia for x-rays unless deemed absolutely necessary to get good films.  I didn't go into details about our earlier vet visit, but that vet wanted to anesthetise her for the films, and he also gave her vaccines without my ok.  Have been discussing these issues with my great network of dog friends, and Liz Marshall sent me the link for this clinic.  THANK YOU, LIZ!

I received a phone call from the new vet.  Wow, I like her.  Emma has an appointment for next Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.  She will get her needed x-rays WITHOUT anesthesia and will only get some sedation if deemed absolutely necessary.  Awesome.  The preliminary estimate for this visit is $143.00 for the office charge and two x-rays.  This does not include any medications or other treatment/diagnostics that may be deemed appropriate during the appointment. 

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Update posted by Kathleen McBrair On Sep 03, 2013

Emma saw Dr. Heaton today, and there is no diagnosis.  He prescribed joint chews and would like her back in two weeks for sedated x-rays if there is no improvement.  He detected no obvious hip or knee deformities but suspects spinal involvement. 

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An Animal Lover Too, no thanks necessary for fulfilling my commitment, but thank you for the thanks! LOL It's a labor of love. Wouldn't have missed it for the world. Thanks so much for your donation.

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Thank YOU for your love and support, care and concern for your animal.

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The bond between a person and their pet is such a special one. I wish the best for both Kathleen and Emma.

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Thank you, Myland!

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