This is Bennie’s blog too. Let’s be real. For those of you hanging out with me on Instagram, you might remember that Bennie The Dog was limping. It started off that he would get out of his bed in the morning and limp for a couple steps, but then work out of it. And who can say that they spring out of bed all spry and lithe first thing in the morning? Not me.
Still, it bothered me, so I kept an eye on it. Bennie is turning 8 this year (July 20th, feel free to send him gifts, cards and balloons), so while he’s not young, he is by no means old. Yes, I know you see his silver fox grey muzzle.
I ended up taking him to the vet because I am an overbearing dog parent sure to turn into a helicopter parent should I ever have human children. The vet said that he was probably just getting some arthritis, and not to freak out. She gave me an expensive joint supplement that should help the arthritis. Because if I throw money at it, that will fix it, right?!
After about 3-4 weeks, the limping was much worse. It was happening all the time now, and this resulted in me carrying Bennie home about halfway through our walk. He still really wanted to go on a walk, still wanted to eat, and still wanted to play. I did notice that he didn’t seem to want to go up and down the stairs as much.
So then I spiraled into full freak out and took him back to the vet for X-rays. In the interest of full disclosure: there was crying for several days leading up to this. Special thanks to my parents and John for dealing with me 🙂 Obviously I couldn’t cry in front of Bennie.
The vet proceeded to look at the x-rays and tell me there was nothing showing. She called and said it was probably just a teeny bit of arthritis in his front left leg. That leg has always stuck out an angle different than the right leg, maybe from an old injury, or his very rough beginnings as a street dog. He has truly lived the American dream. We will never know. BUT – said she wanted to have the radiologist look at the X-rays, just in case.
This resulted in a second phone call stating there is no arthritis showing in the X-rays, and they think he has a soft tissue injury. This means 2-3 weeks of low activity and anti-inflammatory meds. Not sure why we didn’t try this before the $$$ X-rays, but I’m not a vet, so what do I know.
Anyway, we are on our first week of rest. Let me tell you, this NOT easy! Because now that Bennie is on the anti-inflammatory meds, he feels great. And he wants to RUN and play and run run run!! And I as much as I explain to him that he has to take it easy, he still wants to party. And he thinks its SO STUPID that I won’t let him. I get it buddy, really I do.
So from Bennie to our injured or recovering friends, here are some tips:
- Don’t chase the squirrels while you are recovering. You can catch them and throttle them when you are fully recovered.
- You can bark at the mail carriers with the full force of your voice, but avoid leaping from the top step to the bottom step. Unnecessary energy expenditure and your loud bark is enough to get your point across.
- Get your humans to feed you sympathy treats. Their defenses are low and you can get them to do what you want even more than before. My favorites are peanut butter and salmon skin – not together. I also recommend frozen yogurt.
- Sleep in the fluffy bed all day. Make a nest in the pillows. May I also recommend burying a bone in said pillows for a snack later on? That way you won’t have to do any unnecessary walking to retrieve the snack.
- Commandeer the softest blankets in the house for your own. You are the one suffering, after all.