So last week was a tough week for me. I started off the week by developing a small limp. Every time I would get up from an extended nap, I would start limping on my right front leg. As I moved around, the limp would go away but Mom was concerned. She told me I was acting like a little old man. Since I have had a limp before, Mom decided to keep an eye on me for a few days to see if it was just a pulled muscle. Gone are the days where any little thing sent Mom and me rushing to our local vet. I think this is what they mean when they say you are an experienced pet owner; less panic more reason.
As the week went along, mom and I kept up our normal routine of getting up early for a romp with our friends which usually involved some rough housing and sprints. My limp continued to persist and get slightly worse. The straw that broke the camel’s back though was when I started to obsessively lick my front paw. This has happened to me before so mom and I knew what was going on: an allergic reaction to something. Dog allergies are becoming more commonplace for us dogs. I guess that makes us more like humans. Obsessive licking is one of the most common signs of dog allergies. The combination of these two ailments sent mom running to phone the vet even though it was a Sunday. Thankfully, our vet has Sunday hours so off we went. Full disclosure here, I am NOT fond of going to the vet. My vet is very nice and I have never had a bad experience there, but the minute that we drive up to the vet’s office I start to freak out! Mom can’t figure it out – maybe it is the smell.
Anyway, the net result of the vet visit was a course of steroids and antibiotics with a suggestion of limited activity for a week. Bummer! I love to run around with my friends in the morning. I am happy to report after a week of drugs and restricted physical activity; I was back to my old self. I am glad that mom keeps a close eye on me and recognizes when something is wrong. Being a dog, it is hard to communicate to you humans when something isn’t quite right. I just wish we could figure out what causes my allergic reaction! Now, if someone could just do something about this heat and humidity in Southern California…. Stay cool San Diego!