Along with stiffness, we noticed her panting more and some clear mucous falling from both nostrils. My first thought was that her allergies were bothering her and she could use some warm steam inhalation. This was an easy at-home remedy to help rule out possible allergy issues as the cause. Into the shower I went, letting her enjoy a peanut butter filled Kong just outside the tub while inhaling all the steamy goodness. She seemed a bit more herself, but this was most likely due to the yummy peanut butter.
The next morning she was still stiff. Off to work I took her. She was seen by my friend and boss, Dr C who tested her back strength as we suspected her spondylosis (degenerative osteoarthritis of the spinal joints) was bothering her. Nope - her back strength was solid. Pretty good for a dog going into her 11th year! Dr C said she suspected her stomach may have been bothering her and gave me some medication to help relieve the inflammation and I drew some blood for a blood panel as part of her yearly check-up.
After she had her meds, she drifted off to the deepest sleep of kings, nodding off drowsily before sleep. Poor kiddo must have been sore throughout the night. We're relieved to report no further issues. Her bloodwork came back beautiful, totally normal!
Sometimes I wish I didn't work in this field, because all the problems that could be at the root of the cause creep in to create a horrible feeling of worry and fear. "Ignorance is bliss", they say. I disagree - a healthy pack is bliss!
|A quiet moment of Three Dog Peace - Arwen's Pack as one!|