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Monday, May 21, 2018
A Zappa Scare
Zappa had no problem getting in the car and all of his symptoms seem to vanish on the ride. Great, I thought, now what? Should we keep going? Or turn around and wait until tomorrow to go to our regular vet?
Since we made an appointment with the ER vet, I decided it was still probably best for him to see Zappa. Zappa's quick "recovery" gave me the impression that it was not a gastronomical issue, but something else.
Zappa was great through the exam and the doctor quickly came to the diagnosis of spinal nerve impingement or a pinched nerve in the lower part of the back. The doc gave him a shot of Rimadyl and sent us off with some Carbuprofen.
Zappa settled down after we were home and rested for the most part outside. I stayed with him on and off through the day doing my balancing act between the two packs of dogs.
When I fed Zappa his dinner I noticed some of the same minor symptoms of pain that started after he ate his breakfast. They were subtle but I could tell. I sat with him alone outside, until Dad came home and he settled down again.
So our next step is to talk to our vet and find out why he's in pain after he eats and what I can do about it. And any other information pertaining to his pain.
And while he seems to be on the mend, Mark and I have fallen to pieces. Even though I felt calm and centered when this all started, after we got home I felt like I could sleep for a week. It is amazing all the life and death feelings that happen when your mind starts to whirl when your furbaby is feeling well and you sit helpless trying to console them. I'm glad we didn't wait to go to the vet. I feel confident we got the right diagnosis and help. Thank you to the Doctor and the Vet Clinic. My boy's going to be OK.