Karma the dog is sleeping about eight feet away from me while I’m typing this. She’s tired; she’s old; but she’s not in pain and she’s still with us.
Here’s a recap of what is ailing out thirteen year old schnorkie:
- Karma has a heart problem. She was put on medication to help with it back in September. It has helped significantly, but she isn’t (and probably won’t ever be) “cured”.
- Karma has a liver problem. She has been on medication for this, too, since September. As of the blood work done a couple of weeks ago – her liver health has improved. It’s still far from perfect, but it’s better.
- Karma’s knees on her back legs are giving out. Her left knee gave her issues about six or seven years ago, and she recovered; but the right one decided to give out, too, which has impacted that already weaker left one. Thus, it is hard for her to stand on them.
- Karma has slipped a disk in her spine. Couple this with the issues with her back legs, and walking is now a significant challenge for her.
- Her stomach still gets distended from time to time. We don’t know what is causing it (yet) – but it is the least of the issues right now.
That all sounds horrible, but here’s the good news: our
She is on a couple of additional medications to help with the slipped disk, and her vet ordered her to be on crate rest. Karma doesn’t have a crate since she never liked them, so I went to Target and bought her (what I considered) the next best thing:
That’s right: I bought a baby’s play pen for my dog.
She likes it and naps in it regularly; and I don’t have to worry when I leave the apartment or when I sleep at night that she’s going to wander around and cause more damage to her spine while we’re waiting to see how well she heals.
After this week, she goes back to the vet to see how she is progressing, but spending the weekend with me watching movies and eating pizza have already seemed to improve her spirits. We went on a walk (her in her dog stroller, me pushing) for about two miles along the beach and she appeared to love every minute.
We got home in time to hang out with our neighbors, who all fawned over her, and hopefully exhausted her to the point that she’ll get a good night’s sleep. The medication and odd hours have had her discombobulated.
The next step, allegedly, will be acupuncture to see is her legs can be improved. Then we will address the other issues one at a time.
But, as a I said, she’s still alive and she’s not in pain: the two most important things in this while equation.
That said, THANK YOU for all the texts, messages, and phone calls of support over the past weekend. It’s still not easy and things can still change at the turn of a dime – but for now, she’s still with us and there’s hope that she will be so for a bit longer.