|Cù in more limber days, showing himself to be a True Celtic hound|
And then it kept raining, and kept warming up and stayed humid. Ever since. Dog Days.
We had lots of plans for chickens, gardens, fences and horses. Lots of horse stuff.
|He can't even lie like this anymore.|
|He sometimes would be alert!|
The issue appears to be spinal disc compression and arthritis. He's on Prednisone and pain meds and it seemed to help, but, of course, the Pred also ate his muscle tissue making him weaker. He can't stand at all.
But he's happily eating, still loves snuggles (if it's not too hot...which has been an issue) and is eliminating fine, even if he can't get up on his own to do it....he usually manages to let us know and get him out in time and appears upset with himself when he has an accident, which is a good sign for his mental state. So we keep fighting for him.
We plan to get a harness which is made to actually carry him. I'm not really able to lift him, due to back problems and after a month, I don't think Aaron's back is holding out too well. This would allow us to carry him in a such a way to be easier on us and on him. It would also allow us to see if we can get him walking again. He needs more support than mot "walking harnesses" would give. We might need another harness for his hind end, as well, but that certainly wouldn't be enough.
His left foreleg may not be usable again. While the Pred sand inactivity atrophied his muscle all over, the left front is seriously atrophied. He can kick his hind legs and his right foreleg when dreaming and use his right foreleg to try to move himself....and to reach out to touch us, but the left foreleg only twitches. So we think that's really a separate issue, just worsened by the other.
So we also want to see about getting him downstate to be seen by another vet, one with a lot of Greyhound experience.
Between the harness, the medical bills we have, the ones we're looking at and the fact neither of us is now working full time and need to spend more time here with him even if we could get more work (which is a big if, anyway), we have decided to ask for help through crowdfunding. I have also decided that as writing is work, especially the more heavily researched bits which tend to be here, here and, at least one so far, here.
So, yeah, this is one part "why I'm not posting much" and one part "if you can spare a bit to help our poor dog, please do" post. We appreciate any help, including prayers and passing word along. We know he could have good life. He just needs a little help getting up again.
|The whole pack together|