I may just be overtired and overly emotional from spending all night at the ER vet with my 11 year old lab, but I’m absolutely wracked with guilt for not noticing that something was seriously wrong sooner. She’s home now, but was diagnosed with a suspected bulging or ruptured disc in her neck and is still not comfortable. I apologize for the forthcoming novel, but I just really need to vent.
About two week ago, my dog went really lame on her right front. It was entirely out of nowhere, so I took her to her regular vet. They couldn’t replicate the lameness, since she’s an absolute sweetheart and loves going to the vet and was super excited to be there. Vet said it was likely just arthritis flaring up. We were sent home with carprofen.
This week, poor dog was still very lame and getting worse, so I took her back to the vet on Thursday. They did X-rays of her right front, which showed some bony arthritis in the shoulder but was otherwise unremarkable. We started her on Adequan and were planning on switching her to galliprant.
Then, dog was again very lame yesterday and somewhat lethargic. I called her regular vet, and they said she might be sore from the injection and to keep an eye on her. Last night after dinner, she was very lethargic, could barely walk, and was breathing really shallowly and heavily and her heart was racing, so I rushed her to the ER vet, who took chest X-rays, which were normal, and found she had significant neck pain on exam. ER vet suspected a problem in the cervical spine, maybe a ruptured or bulging disc or a nerve compression, sent us home with gabapentin, and we are waiting until the office opens to schedule a visit to the veterinary neurologist for further diagnostics.
Now, I’m trying to keep her as quiet as possible until I can find her old crate, but she keeps trying her hardest to follow me around, and it absolutely breaks my heart seeing her trying to gimp around after me. I feel awful for not suspecting it was more severe than just arthritis, as it was a serious lameness that came out of nowhere. I feel like I should have known better and should have questioned the arthritis diagnosis, if not at the first visit then at least at the second.
Thanks for letting me vent, it feels a little better to write it out. I just really feel like I’ve failed her.