When I came home a few hours later, she had moved about three feet from where I left her, but she was shivering and making painful-sounding cries and couldn't move at all. If you're not a dog owner, you might not understand how traumatic it is to see your dog in this kind of distress. I could only cry and feel so helpless that I couldn't make it all better for her. I just couldn't believe how quickly she went downhill. After exhibiting some mild signs of being in pain for over two weeks, she became completely debilitated over the course of a few hours.
So I put in a call to our neighbor, Dr. Z. (who had reminded me to call her on her cell phone any time...don't worry, I'm not usually the type to bother a professional on their off hours), but I got her voicemail. I couldn't stand it, so I managed to get the dog in a bed, then I picked her up in it like a taco. It was the only way I could mobilize her without causing extreme pain. And off to the doggy ER we went.
|Ramona relaxing with her warm compress.|
Even though it was terrible to see my dog in pain and wonder if she would be okay, it all ended well. The kindness and caring from my neighbor/vet and the staff at the animal hospital was like nothing I'd ever experienced. Dr. Z called me back while I was waiting for the emergency staff to fix my doggy and kindly explained to me how this could happen so quickly. I guess this is just how ruptured discs go. She advised me to start the prednisone, even though we had originally thought to wait a full day since Ramona had been given an anti-inflammatory that morning. She also told me that even though she wasn't working the next day, I could bring Ramona into the clinic to be monitored since I couldn't be at home with her. Then she texted me a couple hours later to see how she was doing.
Ramona seemed much better by morning but still pretty much immobile. So I took her down to the animal hospital like Dr. Z had advised, and almost as soon as I took her out of the car in the taco-bed, the door to the clinic opened and the staff was saying, "Hi, Ramona!" They knew to expect us because Dr. Z told them we'd be coming and informed them all about our ER visit. The doctor on staff today called me while I was at the pharmacy to let me know how Ramona was doing, and Dr. Z texted me throughout the day to check on her, too. By the time I came to pick her up, she was like a brand new dog. I just texted Dr. Z to let her know that the doggy is feeling so much better, and I think she is almost as relieved as I am. On top of following up with me for almost a full 36 hours after our original visit to the clinic (and on her day off!), Dr. Z also gave me a generous discount for the services provided today and yesterday.
I am overwhelmed by the kindness shown to Ramona and me over the last couple days, and what a great reminder it is of the good that can come of being thoughtful, friendly, and kind to one another. I knew that I loved our neighbors after hanging out with them a few times, but Dr. Z really went above and beyond as a neighbor, vet, and friend. If your dog or cat is ever in need of veterinary services, I cannot highly enough recommend Pinnacle Peak Animal Hospital. Two thumbs up and five stars to those guys.
Sorry for all the mush.