Ok - so we have been home for awhile and I have been busy but also on Facebook - should have stopped by here first.
If you want to read what lead to this post, look HERE
Anyway, no xrays were needed after all. Our vet was examining her - watching Lady Shasta walking and first noticed that Lady Shasta walks pigeon-toed in back so I will be watching this for a few days. Then when he placed her on the exam table and was examining her spine - pressing on it in different places - she flinched noticeably a couple of times. So, just like her uncle, Angel Shiloh, she has back problems altho hopefully not as bad as his were.
We were sent home with a muscle relaxant and pain med - enuf so if/when this happens again then I will be ready. By the way, now that I think about it, this has happened before with Lady Shasta but I know she did not have this bad of an episode and it lasted for maybe a day or 2 at the most with no change in appetite. Speaking of appetite - sis stopped on our way home for our happy hour drinks at Sonic and I also picked up a plain hamburger to hide Lady Shasta's meds in. When we got home I let her out first but then a bit later when she came in, VERY interested in what I was doing as I unwrapped the hamburger. She was very eager to sample the hamburger - first without the meds then with the meds hidden in it. Then she snarffed down the breakfast I had saved for her then drank her normal amount of water. She also ate a couple bites of sweet potato. Later she ate a bit more for a late dinner. I would say her appetite is back to normal which I am ecstatic about. She is still on restricted exercise - definitely no jumping on furniture or using stairs.
I had planned on going to the dog park - she needs to be with other dogs more and had even thought about giving her a few hours at the doggy daycare at least once a week HOWEVER that is all on hold at least for a few days - don't want her around other dogs who could be a little rowdy for a few days. We will slowly build up time spent in the bakyard and on walks.
I will also be researching senior diets dog kibble - the vet recommended I put her on one soon. The joint supplement is covered.
Ok - starting to ramble just to here/read myself talking so will stop for now. Lady Shasta's emergency need for POTP is over
however she is not totally out of the woods yet but hopefully will start improving more and more each day. So if there is such a thing as maintenance POTP and prayers - maybe she could get some of that please?