06 April 2011

Knee Caps

Since Jeremy leave before WallE and I are even thinking about waking up we have our routine each morning. This morning was a little bit different on WallE's part. WallE stayed in bed while I got in the shower, usually he goes into the bathroom with me or lays outside the door. Sometimes he stays in bed so I didn't think too much of it. Then when I went downstairs he didn't move, which is when my mind started racing. WallE is always at my feet, but today he stayed in bed.
Rewind: about 3 hours... WallE started whining because he needed to go potty, around 4 AM. I let him eat supper late last night so I expected the whining. So I went downstairs to let him out but he stayed at the top of the stairs. I hollered and hollered at him and he just sat there. So I stopped telling him to "come on" because I thought he wasn't coming because he thought I was mad at him. He eventually walked really slowly down the stairs and when he got outside on the porch.. he laid down! Finally he went potty and we came back inside and he walked slowly up the stairs and came back in bed and cuddled with me (cuddled/wouldn't leave my side).

Fast Forward: I called Jeremy told him that he wouldn't walk this morning. So I trapped him in the kitchen so he didn't run and jump while we were at work. Our friend Jen came and got WallE and brought him home with her so she could keep an eye on him. He was more active but awfully whiney (even for WallE!). At this point he was sort of walking, but favoring his back right leg over his left.   Jeremy called the vet and got him an appointment for 1:40. I took him, and they said that his knee caps move when he walks and it's hurting him. It's on both legs but must be worse on the left.
She said we could see if time will heal it or if surgery is needed. I opted to wait a week and see how he's doing. She said that he needs to be on strict bed rest. He can go outside to potty and that's it (WallE isn't going to be too happy about that). So far, he has slept ALL evening! He whines when he needs to go potty but won't get up to go. It hurts my heart that he is in pain!

Luckily she gave him some pain meds (not very many). So we will see how that goes. Think good thoughts for him while I do some researching and see what our next step needs to be!

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