Last night, poor Pepsi found himself unable to walk properly as his back legs appeared to no longer be under his control. We left him overnight to see if it righted itself while we all slept. Sadly this did not happen, and he was still unable to get around properly and was slipping around pretty much everywhere he tried. He was still able to make his way to the breakfast bowl of course.
We got an appointment and took him to the vets just before lunch – Margaret took a look at him and decided that they needed X-rays to be able to tell anything else, but suggested that we needed to consider the worst given that he is almost 12 years old and a back problem tends to be some what debilitating.
Gordon did the X-rays and we went back at 4:30pm for the news, good or bad. Pepsi was es pleased to see us and as alert as ever – if not more alert than usual. It turns out that he has not slipped a disc and his vertebrae are all good. There are two of the discs in his upper back that are quite eroded / damaged that Gordon believes is diseased. There is little that can be done for him but he is not in pain so Gordon would like for Pepsi to get complete bed rest over the weekend to see if there is any change / improvement by Monday. We are to up his existing tablets to two a day (from one) as this will no doubt help ease any pain that Pepsi is feeling.
We have got the old kids play pen out and have set this up in the lounge with a water bowl and dog bed for Pepsi – thus he is not able to get up and wander around but is still in the room with us – we thought that he would prefer this than be out in the hallway on his own. plus, he can escape out to the garden via the decking when he needs to use the facilities 🙂
Fingers crossed that he recovers a little over the weekend so that he can continue with a reasonable (or better) standard of life for the remainder of said life…. 🙂