Thanks to everyone who asks about Speck from time to time. He’s getting old and he’s probably completely lost his eyesight in one eye. He doesn’t hear so well any more, though sad, keeps him from barking quite so much! He moves slowly. Kinda reminds me of Vince sometimes! 🙂
The move wasn’t bad for him. He’s pretty used to traveling with us so he doesn’t get upset about even long trips. We were only in the hotel three nights before our furniture arrived and then we had his normal sofa, bed, food bowls, etc. Our routine, with Vince being gone all day and me being home all day, didn’t change so honestly, I’m not real sure he’s noticed that we made such a huge change. I noticed enough for both of us though! 🙁
Last week, on Thursday, I noticed he was staying in his crate mostly. He would come out when it was time to eat or when he had to go outside but otherwise, he wanted to stay in the crate and be left alone. This house has all laminate flooring upstairs and he was slipping and falling a few times so I bought a bunch of rugs and made paths for him so he could take the route from food bowl to the sofa to the crate to the kitchen, without having to walk on the slippery floor. I also gave him his pain/anti-inflammatory pill just in case it was his back bothering him. On Friday he was no better or no worse but by Saturday afternoon, he was limping pretty badly and hardly would walk at all.
He’s had a history of his front right paw not staying in the joint. When it pops out, usually he holds it straight out and won’t bend it and Vince can put it back in place. We wondered if maybe it was just a little bit out of place and Vince tried to fix it but couldn’t so we called the vet who met us at the office. We had never been to the vet here and really liked the guy (he had been recommended by my dentist). He was kinda intrigued by Speck’s eye and wants to do some research on that. He wants me to get all his medical records (I had brought his shot records but nothing else) and he wants us to bring him back next week and he will do some x-rays and clean his teeth which he desperately needs. Our dentist in MO was kinda afraid to put him to sleep with all the issues he’s had but the dentist here said he’ll do bloodwork and an EKG before he gives him any anesthesia and we’ll be pretty sure he’ll be ok before he does it.
The vet wasn’t real sure what was causing his lethargy and limping because Speck wasn’t limping there . . when the vet put him down to watch him walk, he ran like a bat out of hell trying to get to the door and get out of there! When we got home, he was still limping and sleeping a lot but was a bit better yesterday.
Today he’s doing much better. Last night he was running around and would have jumped up on the sofa if we had let him. The past few days, he just stood at the edge and waited for us to pick him up.
He’s getting old and it’s so hard seeing him getting more and more feeble but he’s been my baby for so long . . I know all pet owners understand. It’s hard!