Dexter is unwell

Dexter is unwell. The call came just on 3pm today from my eldest who had just come home after spending the day with his cousin. Dexter was squealing in pain which as far as my son could tell seemed to be coming from his back legs.

When I got home around 3:40pm I found Dexter shivering on the floor beside my son. He did run up to greet me and the twins (who I’d just picked up from school), but was unable to jump up and down as he always does whenever we come home. He couldn’t even sit down properly and from my first observation I could see that his hip joint seemed rather swollen at either side. Running my hand down his back and across his hips resulted in more screams of pain.

We called the Vet and Madelyn and I drove him down to the clinic, which fortunately is only up the road. Dexter couldn’t jump into the car by himself and so I had to lift him up which of course caused him more pain which resulted in more yelping.

Without an X-ray it is hard to determine what the problem is. The Vet was able to rule out knees and feet, the problem seems to be more lower back /spine and hip. It could be a pinched nerve, it could be arthritis, it could even be nerve damage.

The Vet gave Dexter an anti inflammatory injection and a pain killer injection and has sent him home with a bag full of tablets that he will need to take for the next 10 days. At the moment he seems to be comfortable although he was not able to get up on the couch or the bed, and has chosen a warm spot on the carpet in Madelyn’s room, where she has lovingly wrapped him up in her blanket.

To some people a dog is merely a pet, an animal they have taken in for one reason or another, but for us Dexter is a member of our family, he is the happy face that greets us every day, he is a best friend, a companion, fur kid and fur brother. The boys didn’t want to come to the vet today because they couldn’t stand seeing Dexter in so much pain. Hopefully Dexter has just pulled a muscle and will be back to his crazy bouncy happy ways in no time at all.

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30 thoughts on “Dexter is unwell

  1. Oh, I am sending all my Love and healing thoughts to your beautiful Dexter!! ❀ I hope he will recover soon and be up and about, back to his happy self again πŸ™‚ He is a very sweet dog! πŸ™‚

      1. He had some painkillers but was on very low activity – just into garden for a pee etc. No jumping up or running for about 4 weeks. Muscle tears can take a while as with us humans. He needed help for example to get on the sofa for his nightly cuddle – important because they need to be as unstressed as possible and they miss that contact a great deal. We started walking quietly on the lead from about week three but your vet will advise on your next visit. It is so hard to see them in pain but he is with those he loves.

      2. Thank you it’s good to know that although it can be a lengthy process they do eventually get back to normal. Dexter is looking pretty sad and feeling sorry for himself that’s for sure but the kids are showering him with treats and affection (not eating the treats though which is not like him at all, but understandable I guess).

  2. Wishing you all the best for your lovely Dexter! I know exactly how it feels when they are unwell – even more so because they can’t articulate or explain. They just look at you in that meaningful look: “my friend, do something, I have faith in you, you are my magician!”! I’m sure it’s only a minor thing and he’ll be back on all fours in no time! πŸ™‚

  3. I hope Dexter is going to be alright – Sydnee and I send wishes and kisses and lickies and hugs. It is heartbreaking to see them feeling under the weather. xxx and hugs to you;)

      1. Pee is getting older – I am seeing everyday. She is almost 9 and I watch the tremors in her back legs – each time I see them it is like having my heart slowly torn apart. I knew this would happen eventually – especially since she is short one leg, but one is never prepared. All we can do is hold them tight, love them and do what we can to keep happy and comfortable and love them (oh, I think I already said that one:)

  4. I’m so sorry about Dexter’s trouble, and am sending healing prayers for him. If you have an acupuncturist in the area, you might give that a try if the meds don’t work. We’ve had many of our fur kids (cats and dogs) treated that way — and it works! Best wishes.

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