If you follow me on social media, you might have seen that I posted earlier this week that Daisy Dog hasn’t been well.
Daisy has never been a high energy dog, but when she first arrived she was quite scampy and would run around sometimes. Then in August 2019 we noticed she was drinking loads and she was eventually diagnosed with Cushing disease. She’s been on 4 tablets a day since and whilst she’s still poorly, we have been able to manage it with the medication.
However, over the last few weeks, and perhaps because we’ve have been with her 24/7 we have started to notice a few more things that weren’t quite right. Namely
- She was bumping into things
- When she was resting, her legs were shaking
- She was unsteady on her legs – so if we lifted one up to put her harness on, she would fall over
- She was struggling to walk. Excited to go out, then wanting to come home after about 10-15 minutes.
- She had a hard lump on her jaw
We had chatted to the vet a few weeks ago about the walking issues and our vet thought she might have Arthritis and gave us some tablets – but they made things a bit worse as they upset Daisy’s tummy and made her a bit miserable.
But as things hadn’t improved, this week, we asked our vet to take a look at her and so we experienced our 1st Coronavirus vet visit. This basically entailed the staff being in full PPE, us handing Daisy over at the door, M waiting outside in the car, the vet calling with the news and then M collecting Daisy from inside the vets waiting room, once the staff had left the area.
M arrived back from the vets with potentially devastating news.
- Firstly, the vet is convinced Daisy is much older than we were led to believe when we adopted her. What we were told suggested she is 9 now, but the vet thinks she potentially as old as 12.
- It’s likely she does have Arthritis, the vet thought her gait and age strongly suggested this. The vet also said she would probably in pain when she was walking or going to the loo, as arthritis makes it harder to move around.
- Daisy also failed the 3 eyesight tests they did on her, which suggests she is either blind or has very limited eyesight. She might see shadows.
- Whilst drawing blood, the vet also noticed that Daisy’s hair hadn’t grown back since the last blood test 6 months ago. Which suggests she also had Thyroid issues.
- Finally and the scariest thing was that the vet was worried that the hard lump on Daisy’s jaw was cancer. She said it was hard to confirm without general anaesthetic, but if it WAS cancer, it was inoperable. Which was the worst news possible and when M got home, there were many tears.
BUT our trauma for the day wasn’t over. M and Daisy had been back from the vets about 30 minutes and Daisy was resting on her cushion when we noticed she was bleeding from the lump, like a LOT. We called the vets, who told us to put pressure on the wound, which we had already started to do. The vet advised us to put hard pressure on the wound for a minimum of 2 minutes. Luckily Daisy is a very docile animal and so even though she clearly wasn’t keen, she let us hold some kitchen roll against her jaw till it stopped bleeding.
M went back to the vets for a collar and some anti-biotics. We were all a bit traumatised. Poor Daisy – she’s been a bit unwell for months and she’s such a cuddly sweetheart, we would hate it if she had been in pain that whole time.
But… after some of the blood test results, it seems there might be a slight chance that the lump on her haw could have been an abscess. Without a biopsy, it can’t be confirmed, and even if we DID do that, it’s academic as it would be inoperable.
We’ve had a dreadful week, with dreadful news – we hope for an abscess, and at the moment, she does seem to be a bit brighter so you never know. She is on some serious drugs though, so I imagine that really helps too!
We love our Daisy Dog and I hope more than anything, that she can stay with us a while longer. M and I have been through this before and we have learned that as long as she seems happy in herself and isn’t in pain – then 10-minute walks, 2 tonnes of medication and sofa cuddles it is.
Thanks to anyone who send love our way – we really needed it this week.