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Looking after a senior lady is as much a pleasure as it is a very big pain in the heart and soul. Lalie is swiftly approaching 14. That is old for a big dog. She is pretty blind and also not great in the hearing department. She is grumpy, she needs to use the ablutions more often during the night and she is fussy about her food.
Last night presented a brand new challenge... one that kept me awake the whole night and terrified me, because I was convinced that her heart was giving out. She didn't sit still for one second. She panted and huffed and sighed and paced. By 04:30 she was so exhausted she could barely stand. Once or twice she literally fell down, just to push back up and start pacing again. Being the daughter of a vet, I tried all the tricks in the book. No amount of coaxing, Rescue Remedies, droëwors or Bascopan could make her calm down. Not even me crying made her look up. By 05:00 I've already phoned the unavailable emergency vet. By 06:00 I've phoned my mother (wife of a vet, they also know their stuff). By 06:30 the vet phoned back (bless her), urging me to take the old girl in for a check-up. By 07:30 I was on my way to the animal clinic, knowing full-well that they only open at 08:00. By 08:40 my old friend was diagnosed with anxiety (dementia related), a slight spinal injury from slipping and falling and a possible cancerous sore on her hip. A Cortisone shot and Alzam pills to keep her calm and pain-free.
I do hope this is sufficient treatment to keep my Aaphond okay for the time being. I will survive another night like last night, but I don't think my heart will... ❤ (But oh, the spirit is strong. All of the above did not stop her from barking ferociously at Graca the bullterrier at the clinic...) #aaphond #seniordog #dogs #oldlady #mustlovedogs