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    Default Off to the vet this arvo...

    got an appointment for 5.30pm.

    First I rang this one vet, and the woman was just a bitch so I flagged them......

    Anyway, we are a bit poor until payday next week so won't be able to go too indepth at the moment, but I am hoping the vet is cooperative enough to kind of go along with our plan at the moment.

    As some of you may read, we think Barney has strained his back again. On Tuesday night him and Pippi did some very extreme zoomies round th eyard and yesterday morning he was in pain and walking funny.

    I crated him for the day, and he is being limited today also. Once he is up and walking, he is fine, unfortunately, getting up is the hard bit that he doesnt want to do. Apart from the fact he has some pain and finds that it hurts to get up from lying down he is completely himself. Happy, annoying and hasnt lost his appetite at all.

    We are hoping that the vet will provide some pain releif and anti inflamms for now and we can put him on crate rest for the next week or so.

    Obviously we may need to look into this further but we are hoping thats all he immediately needs.

    I have been thinking that clearly, doing zoomies with Pippi is not good for him and it looks like we may need to put a stop to that...whcih is a bit sad.

    Anyhoo, if anyone is interested I will update after the vet appointment.

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    I was suppose to ask you how he was this morning but I forgot

    Poor Barney! Hope it all goes well! Damn those zoomies haha

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    well i hope barney is OK....give him a hug, poor boy. I am sitting in a Motel waiting for a phonecall to say katy's surgery is finished. she will be in their ICU tonight. Beautiful vet Clinic. But we will be broke after this. I am just glad she is insured. But still the travel and the stay and also the gap, all add up.

    Hope Barney just needs some rest................
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    Looking forward to the update. Hope it's all good news. Best of luck for Barney's back.


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    Well, since I posted this...I had had him outside this morning (not crated but where I can watch he is doing nothing) and he has been lying by the back door ALL day.

    Well I went out there to help him up to go toilet, and as soon as I opened the door, he whipped up real quick. No yelp or whine or anything. Whether thats coz he feels better or because he got a fright I am not sure. I think though if it had still hurt he woulda yelped. Then he started trying to run round th eyard, I was like "I dont think so dude".

    We will still take him to the vet and talk to them about this recurring etc.

    Anyway, weve decided that a couple of days rest probably wont be enough so regardless of what is wrong with him, he will be limited for at least the next week. And I have also sarted him on Glucosamine today.

    Newfsie, Hope Katy recovers quickly! Thinking of you guys!!!

    So, this first vet I rang, the woman was so fkn rude! 1. She muted her phone for ages and didnt reply when I asked soemthing. 2. She was EATING while talking to me. 3. I said about the glucosamine and she goes "that wont help"....I was like "Interesting you said that because thats not what our last vet said" - meanwhile I am thinking "how the hell do you know, you answer phones ffs"

    She did have some other helpful info though and did say that crating him for 1 to 2 days last time is not long enough. Despite the fact he might feel fine his body is still recovering that would be like us hurting our back and then as soon as it feels slightly better going out and moving furniture. She also suggested that perhaps zoomies wasnt a good idea. And that it probably indicates something major (not sure how correct that is though considering the first time it happened was Dec 09, and this is the 3rd time - surely it would happen more often).

    Anyway, her rudeness completely overwrote the good things she said so I rang the next vet on the list. And their receptionist was lovely.

    So thats where we are right now. We will still go to the vet because I want to ask some questions, find out how long they recommend crating him for, what might be some major underlying conditions if any etc etc. but he does seem to have improved somewhat throughout the day. Especially considerng he wouldnt even get up to go for pre-bed toilet last night and I just let him sleep where he was (I ended up on the couch so I could watch him).

    Update in a few hours

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    Oh, poor barney.

    Will come back to read your update, hopefully it won't be too serious.

    Best of luck to you too newfsie, i hope everything comes good with Katy.

    Man we are all just having the worst luck with our animals lately! and sounds like were all gonna be dirt broke after these vet visits...

    Does anybody have or know of any animal insurance that will pay upfront costs? or it there no such thing?

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    Ok well it was good and bad I guess depending how oyu look at it.

    She said his spine is great *phew*. It is definitely his hip joint. She had to muzzle him to check it and he was tensing so much ("and hes so strong" - her words LOL) that she couldnt feel the joint very well.

    Anyway, she said it is either hip displaysia or arthritis but well need xrays to be sure. She said that the xrays werent urgent (coz I told her we were a bit poor right now) but to get them when I could (we will get them later this month).

    He is on pain relief for the next week, but no more than the next week because she wants to see if the injection she gave him helps.

    She gave him an injection of cartrogen (I think) and he has to have one a week for the next 4 weeks (well 3 left) and on the 4th visit we see her again. If there is a definite improvement he will then have the injection once a month. If there is none then we look at other options (we will have had the xrays by then so should know exactly what it is).

    She also said the glucosamine was a great idea and to keep giving it to him.

    We talked about some different options that might be needed in the future. But her overall analysis at this stage is that it is likely to be HD and he is not usually too painful with it (not the HD but his case generally if that makes sense) but obviously the zoomies has aggravated it at the moment. And it will likely get worse over time.

    She was really nice actually and very helpful.

    So this first visit wasnt as expensive as I was thinking it would be (thouh the xrays are $470) which is good. But it could be HD which is not so great.

    The vet nurse seemed to take a bit of a shine to him, just kept going on about what a big solid strong boy he is. Grabbing his scruff and giving him some shakes. I thik she was in love with him, cant blame her really...he is a handsome specimen after all.

    Embarrassingly though when they were checing his gait up the hall, he pissed on the wall, I was horrified, hes toilet trained! He never wees inside even if he is busting!

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    I hope its just a sprain Lala. When Jack was younger he had some trouble with one of his rear legs, sometimes after playing ball he would go around holding his leg off the ground(never saw him limp while playing, just after he had cooled off) and the vet wanted to take x-rays and stuff. I ended up just keeping him quiet for a couple of weeks and then making sure when i threw the ball for him it was into water so there were no tumbles or jumps while trying to catch the ball. Its come back on a couple of occasions since but it always goes away again - i'm guessing there's a fair chance he will have arthritis if he lives to an old age.

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    Hugs to all the doggies who are not well and I hope they mend very quickly.

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    I hope he feels better soon...

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