My Dog part 2

I am very sad today!  Toby is still not doing good and I don’t think he will make it!  I can’t stand to see him in pain!  I don’t know what to do.  Toby is such a great dog and he has been a great friend to me and I will be so lost without him.  I think I am nuts because he’s “just a dog”, but he is so much more than a dog to me!

Why does this have to happen?  He’s only 4 years old, he’s too young to die!  Please pray for Toby and me,  I am week and I need to be strong for Toby!  Dear Lord, please guide me and give me strength to take care of Toby.   I am so scared right now, all I can do is write here about how I feel.  Thank you, if your reading this!

After doing a little resurch on-line I think it could be Canine hip dysplasia (CHD).

The following are signs that your dog may have Canine hip dysplasia (CHD).

  • Rear limb lameness, particularly after exercise.
  • Difficulty or stiffness upon rising or climbing uphill.
  • A “bunny hop” gait (moving both rear legs together).
  • Rising using front legs only and dragging rear end.
  • Waddling rear limb gait.
  • A painful reaction to extension of the rear legs resulting in a characteristic short stride.
  • A side-to-side sway of the croup (area of the back above the hind legs and in front of tail.)
  • Tendency to tilt hips down when pressure applied to rump.
  • Reluctance to jump, exercise or climb stairs.

As I have said Toby does not like to jump or climb the stairs like he once did. And he does not like to get up after he’s been sitting down.   When I first noticed something was different was about 4 week ago when I took Toby for a walk.  Most of the time when we would go for a walk, Toby would lead and run out front of me.  This time, Toby would stay behind me and some times not want to walk at all.  I didn’t know it at the time but he was in pain and his CHD was just starting.  We  haven’t gone for any walks since and I miss going for walks with my buddy!  I don’t know if we will ever have walks again.

Right now, Toby is lying on the floor and trying to rest, I can tell he is in pain but he is stating to go to sleep.  I wish you could see him now, he’s so sweet.  He does not want to put his head down to sleep, he’s got it resting on a container that’s next to him.  I tried to give him his Prednisone pill and 1/4 of an adult aspirin, but Toby didn’t want to eat the food that I put then in!

My Dog!

tobyMy Dog is my best friend and I don’t know what I would do without Toby around!  He loves me like I have never been loved and he is such a great dog.  Toby is a Shih Tzu  and is almost 4 years old.  Just this last month Toby started to act differently.  He would jump and run to great me every time I would come home and his tail would wag back and forth.  He now just walks up to me, he will not run and going up steps is not easy like it once was.  My bed is not very high off the floor and Toby loves to sleep with me but now he can’t jump up on the bed.  I lift him up to put Toby on the bed now.

I took him to the vet 2 weeks ago and they gave him some Prednisone pills for his pain.  It seems to help but Toby is not acting like he once did.  Tonight when I got home he was sitting on the floor and just looked at me with big eyes.  He did go out to go pee and poop and drinks and eats.  Even if there is any thing they can do for him, I can’t afford it.  I am very upset right now!  I don’t know what I would do if Toby dies!  I Love him more than you know!!!  Please pray for my dog, he is such a sweet dog and loves people.

Thanks,

Kent

Update;  Toby seems a little better.  I hope I am overacting and it’s nothing to worry about.   I just wish I could afford better care for Toby, all I can do is pray and let God take care of Toby.