Abi Has Hurt Her Neck


Night before last, I was outside with the dogs, and I heard Abi scream out in pain. 

I rushed over and picked her up, but couldn't find a thing wrong with her. Her little body kind of seized up, and I wondered if she was having a stroke or something.

She has been acting odd for about a month. At first I thought it was a urinary infection because she wants out half the night. 

But I talked to the vet and since she doesn't like to go out all day, we decided that wasn't it. 


So yesterday morning I got up and just took her in and asked to be worked into the schedule. The vet gave her a check up, and he discovered it is her neck. She apparently has a bulging disk in her neck.

He applied a laser treatment, which I'd never heard of. It reminded me of the ultrasound I get at physical therapy. He gave me pain pills and we will watch her closely.

My not getting much deep sleep, which is I'm sure why I fell last week. The back of my head is still sore. 

He told me to keep her quiet. Yeah, right. Abi quiet?

You can tell she's in pain. She won't be still. She's even more afraid I will leave her, and follows me relentlessly around the apartment to keep an eye on me. 

One day I opened the front door and she bit me on the hand as I put her down, drawing blood. She is simply not herself.

 
I so hope she doesn't have to have surgery. Just over a year ago it was Abi having surgery for a torn ACL, I believe it was. Then after that it was Charlie with his eye. 

I wore myself out painting the bathroom to get it ready for the possible new owners, then they never came. So I'm hurting too and need to get into PT.

Carrying Abi around doesn't help, but you do what you have to do. Charlie wants out constantly, but I can't just open the door and leave him out there because he is a barker. And I don't want complaints lodged against me for it. So I have to go out with him.

Thus is the life of a pet owner. We love our babies. We hate to see them in pain. The pupsters are 10 now, so 70 in people years.


It is getting to be time to put the water gardens together. However, so far I've seen nothing from the water garden plants from last year. 

So I've decided that I may not put the water gardens out this year if the plants in fact didn't make it through the winter. 

I may have to pay for yet another dog surgery, and might need to be even more frugal. I'm not going to buy water plants every year.

Will just have to see what happens.


39 comments

  1. Oh, poor Abi and you! I sure hope she heals without surgery. I'm taking Bailey in today for a past due yearly exam and vaccines. She has been leaking urine when she sleeps sometimes and doesn't have a clue that she did that. I hope it isn't anything costly. Yes, we love our pets and do what we have to do.

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  2. Sending you (((((hugs))))! Hope your Abi will feel better after her meds. When our fur babies hurt, so do we. Your bathroom makeover is so cozy and I like the red/white check for the shower curtain. If you can, just sit and relax with Abi and Charlie - you deserve a break. I hear you loud and clear about the vet bills. It cost as much as it does for our needs. Will keep you and your fur babies in my prayers. Hang in there!

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  3. Brenda,
    So sorry about Abi. Maybe with the pain medicine she can rest and her neck will heal.

    At least your bathroom is nicely done and you can enjoy it even if the new owners didn't see it!

    Try and get some rest and maybe Abi will rest too.

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  4. I hope you don't have to resort to surgery for Abi. You're a good dog mom, Brenda -

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  5. Poor Abi, and poor YOU, It is always something, huh?

    (I didn't know you fell. Must have missed that. So sorry.)

    Hopefully Abi won't need surgery. I imagine that would be difficult, painful and expensive.

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  6. poor little abi. maybe just a good time to relax and read and not worry about doing anything for awhile... until all of you get back to feeling better!
    I had heard of the cold laser and it worked well for the lady whose pet clinic used it on her dog.
    I hope it helps abi.

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  7. I hope Abby can heal on her own without surgery. love and light to her.

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  8. Oh poor dear girl. To have bitten you, she must be in pain. Thank you for being such a good pupster Mama. They were blessed when you chose both of them.

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  9. Poor little Abi. We all know how much pain you get with a bad back. I remember when my Romeo started having back trouble, he was so miserable. And he would stiffen up and look side ways at me and it just broke my heart. Hopefully she will heal up ok and not need surgery. My vet made me crate my dog for 3 weeks. He of course did not understand why but with the pain meds, he slept a lot of the time. In the end, he decided he loved the crate and started sleeping in it and no longer slept with me at night. I think it was too hard on him being picked up and placed on the bed. He also quit wanting to sit in my chair with me. He just started lying on the floor or in his crate. It is so sad when they start getting old, we want them to live forever!

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  10. Well, I realize that Abi's pain is centered in her neck and Romeo's pain was in his back, but the bottom line is still the same. Trying to keep them still so they can heal. Not very easy. Poor little things.

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  11. Brenda, so sorry to hear about Abi. I'm praying that surgery will not be required - for both your sake and Abi's. God bless.

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  12. With having pets, it is always something! My mom's little dog (Pomeranian) is having issues right now, too. And it costs a lot of money. Even cats are expensive (my own experience). My one cat, Monkey had cold laser treatments when he had a urinary tract blockage, which is quite common in male cats. A few of those treatments and he was fine! Sure beat having surgery. I hope the treatments work for Abi's bulging disc.

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  13. Brenda,
    So sorry Abi (& you) are having a rough go of it. Having experienced ruptured discs I feel for the little lady--it's sooo painful. I feel bad for you having to carry her& this hurting your ankle. Sandy

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  14. I'm so sorry you are having such trials. A had to grin when you mentioned keeping Abi quiet You better keep the cameras put away if you want to keep her still. Our pets are companionship and comfort to us. I hope you get to feeling better soon, as well.

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  15. Oh poor little Abi!!! I had a Pomeranian years ago who hurt his back, it was terrible to watch him in pain. The vet at that time told me it was a common injury for small dogs, especially in the winter, as they slip on the snow and ice. I wonder if Abi did it jumping up or down off something? Poor little girl, that's so sad. Hope she heals quickly.

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  16. Oh poor Abi. I know she must be in pain to bite you. Try to take care of yourself and the pupsters. Sending hugs and prayers for healing!

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  17. I hope the laser treatment helps. My husband and son both recently had laser treatments for dental issues, to stimulate bone growth. It's amazing how well it has worked. So I hope the results are good for Abi. As we and our pets age together, there can be a lot of challenges.

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  18. Poor baby... and sure do hope you are feeling better ... so hard when they hurt and they don't know what to do .... Hoping she recovers with a "Quickness" !!

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  19. Sorry to hear this...sending prayers for speedy recovery to you both

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  20. Good luck. It is so frustrating when you know there's a problem and the other party (whether it's an animal, baby or elderly person) can't communicate what's wrong. It just adds to the anguish. I hope you're all better soon.

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  21. I hope that Abi will soon be better. Just hate to see any one, human or 4 legged furries in pain. We have 3 dogs and 4 cats living here right now and they keep us hopping. Blessings, Carolyn in Florida

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  22. So sorry about Abi. I know how I felt when Romey (maltese/Pom) was attacked by a very large pit bull mix (that was not on leash) and he had the stiches, drainage tubes and was so clingy. I had to work from home for a week because he would whimper if I left him in a room alone. I carried him around on a pillow so I wouldn't hurt him. I know it is very stressful.

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  23. Oh dear such sad news about Abi. I don't seem to even think they could have disc problems like us but they do. My new do hurt his spine and couldn't walk. With rest he got better. You guys take it easy.

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  24. Oh, no! My heart goes out to you and Abi. xxoo

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  25. Poor sweet little girl..I have a bulging disc so I kind of understand her pain...but she is so tiny..

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  26. I'm so sorry about Abi. I hope she is feeling better very soon.

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  27. It's really hard to aid pets. It's at those times that I want them to open their mouths and speak English. It's hard on everyone.

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  28. Poor little Abi, I feel so sorry for animals who have pain but are unable to tell us how they are feeling. Hopefully, she will get better without you having to spend a lot of money. I commented on your bathroom the other day but I am not sure you got it as I didn't see it when I checked later. You did a great job!

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  29. I am so sorry to read that your little Abi is in such pain. I hope the cold laser treatment does the trick and she will be feeling better soon. A few years ago my little Fuzzy Pomeranian had a problem with one of his discs at the neck and shoulders. He suddenly couldn't move and was scared and shaking uncontrollably. I was so worried that it was a stroke. It happened in the late evening and I was able to get him into the vet early the next morning. He was prescribed muscle relaxers and thankfully they helped him pretty fast. It is still scary to me to see him tearing around shaking his toys so hard and jumping down off of furniture so rough and tumble like he likes to do. He is 11 years old. Your post is a good reminder for me to try and slow him and his rough housing down a little bit.

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  30. Poor Abi, I hope she will be okay. Hate it when our fur babies are not well.

    Sending good wishes that she feel better, Janie

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  31. I do hope Abi feels better...and you too! I know it is frustrating to be in pain and have one of your babies in pain at the same time! I hope you both get better soon and that you are able to get in to PT. We will hope for no surgery for Abi! Love and hugs!!

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  32. So sorry to hear about Abi. Our hearts always break when our fur babies are in pain.

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  33. I'm so sorry Abi is hurting, and I hope that you will be able to get some rest tonight despite it. But I understand how difficult a night of broken sleep is, affecting how you feel the next day. And 2 nights or more in a row can be dangerous. Brenda, I really hope surgery is not required.

    And I love that gorgeous quilt on the wall in your first picture!

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  34. Oh no... poor Abi. I'm sorry Brenda, I hope she heals up quickly.

    Tania

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  35. Ahhh poor Abi. You need one of those baby carriers to wrap her in and carry her. Are the pain pills helping. What about something for inflamation.
    Hugs

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  36. Sending well wishes and healing prayers your way, Brenda ... for both of you. (((Hugs)))

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  37. Sending smiles to you and Abi...

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  38. Oh Brenda, playing catch-up a bit and so sorry to read this / I hope that it works out...poor baby and you :(

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  39. I'm so sorry that Abi is hurting. Several years ago my miniature dachshund, Polly, had a similar incident screaming out in pain. The vet thought we were probably looking at back surgery but we tried crate rest and laser first. She had six laser treatments and four weeks of crate rest and was good as new. When my chiropractor suggested laser treatments for my back, I "jumped" at the chance. It has made a world of difference for both of us. I really hope it helps Abi, too.

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