A few pictures of Cheyenne in her new daily life as a dog with a second wind. Actually she is just being a dog and enjoying life. I think she is also prone to taking advantage of me, pretending to be weak when it suits her and getting lifts up and down the stairs when she feels like a ride. When she thinks I'm not looking I see her taking the stairs on her own, but when she stands their looking piteous I don't mind lifting her 110 pounds up 15 stairs. She usually wags her tail when we get to the top.
A couple of weeks ago I was wondering how long she would last but the vet prescribed a medication for her that recently apparently went generic and is thus affordable, and for the transformation I've seen in her a buck a pill is very worthwhile.
In order to help her get around on the tile floors we have taken to laying down rather ugly plastic mats that give her weak hind legs better grip. What we do for this dog! That and keeping the air cool enough that she doesn't pant. Sometimes I felt like we live in Antarctica.
Her walks are shorter of course barely a block or two but she is enjoying life on four legs.
And she is back to her puddle antics again. Her hind legs get very weak when I call her to come to shore. She can barely hear me let alone get up. So I have to go wading to "help" her to her feet. Bloody dog.
Dr Edie the vet told us the drug works miracles for some dogs and it sure has for Cheyenne.(marketed as Vetprofen, Rimadyl, Imadyl, quellin, Novox, Imafenand Rovera) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug that veterinarians prescribe as a supportive treatment for various conditions. It provides day-to-day treatment for pain and inflammation from arthritis in geriatric dogs, joint pain, osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia, and other forms of joint deterioration.