Unfortunately, things have not improved with Sabrina. We are still giving her the muscle relaxants, but they haven’t had much effect. I have been in contact with Dr. Anne and we’re getting a referral to the orthopaedic specialist at the vet school at the university.
We should be able to get in on Thursday, paying an “emergency” fee. I don’t want her to wait any longer than needed to get a definitive diagnosis and learn what we can do to help her. I really think it’s lumbosacral stenosis. That’s bad news. She is showing many of the symptoms listed there, and at her examination last Wednesday, she was really tender in that area. I’d noticed since the summer she’s seemed more frail, and unsteady on the stairs. I think maybe her awkward jump-off-the-bed may have aggravated whatever it is to become this debilitating.
She is now allowing me to carry her up the deck stairs when she’s done her business in the yard. Her activity is very much reduced; she goes out to the yard, she eats and alternates from the dog beds under the window to the couch. Since Friday she’s been having a lot of trouble with her hip lying down. It’s bothering us so much to see her like this. She’s not herself. Usually she follows me through the house during the day, nosing into the bathroom, sleeping beside me in the office, etc. She is such a goofy princess.
I Santa should have bought two of those blankets when they were on sale. But Apollo is usually a little furry white furnace. But it has been pretty cold here the past number of days.
We are trying to be optimistic, tempering that with realism. We might not have a good result from the appointment on Thursday, but at least we should have a better idea of what we’re dealing with and what our treatment options will be.
Thank you all for your kind comments and good thoughts for Sabrina.