Sunday Bozley was having trouble with what I thought was his paw. While I'm not a veterinarian, I do play one at home if need be (especially if it's a Sunday and the vet is closed). I couldn't find anything wrong with his paw and didn't have an answer for him not wanting to walk on it. This had happened to our last bulldog and he was fine the next day so, I expected Bozley to wake up Monday morning and be his happy self.
Instead, he cried and yelped throughout the night, by 5:30 am I knew this wasn't going to be a good start to the week.
His right side of his body was in pain and he could not walk. I had to carry him (a light 50lbs) up and down the stairs, outside, and try to make him comfortable until our 11:20 appointment. He was truly pathetic and I was in tears. I was certain he had suffered a stroke and was expecting the worse from the vet. I didn't want to have to make any big decisions about our canine family member on my own. Oh, I forgot to add that my husband is not home due to travel.
Bozley is not fond of riding in moving vehicles. The minute he realized I was carrying him towards the garage, he began to squirm. It's not easy to hold a dog of that weight and have him moving all around. I finally got him in the back of my SUV and on our way ~ he cried out the whole time ~ just about did me in emotionally!
I carried him into the office and immediately our wonderful vet became concerned. He did several tests and discovered that while he was playing he had pulled a muscle but the real problem ~ stroke like symptoms and inability to walk was caused by Lyme Disease. Lyme is very prevalent in this area. My son had it 2 years ago but we found the tick on him and he was treated before any symptoms occurred
Currently he is on a round of Doxycycline for 28 days and Rimadyl for pain management.
By late evening Bozley was sitting up but still not walking much. His personality is once again playful and loving and I'm sighing a huge relief!
I must admit that I eyed the Rimadyl this morning when I woke to very sore arm and back muscles from lugging this little (ha) puppy around all day!
All is well in our home once again and Bozley is on a diet! ;)
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