The Ups & Downs of a Senior Pet #SOL15

4 Mar


A month ago, I celebrated Fiona’s 14th birthday.

Two weeks ago she had a successful surgery to remove a bloody lump. When I picked her up afterwards, the vet tech said the whole staff commented on how much younger she seemed.

Friday, her stitches were supposed to come out, but the vet tech felt they needed to stay in a few more days and I scheduled a new appointment for the following Tuesday.

Saturday, Fiona was weak on her feet and didn’t seem herself. She was clearly having trouble with her back end and walking was difficult. She slept most of the day and night.

By Sunday morning, she was herself again.

Yesterday, Tuesday, was stitch removal day. She was great in the morning and I left work a little early to make it to the appointment. When I got home, I could see she was having trouble walking again. I carried her down the stairs to the car and got her to the vet, where the staples were removed. Once we were home she pretty much stopped walking.

This morning, she seems to be about the same and I am very worried. Is this IT? She still seems perky and her appetite is good, but she can’t get around. My vet doesn’t work Wednesdays or Thursdays so the earliest I can get her in is Friday. I hate not knowing what to do.

15 Responses to “The Ups & Downs of a Senior Pet #SOL15”

  1. JMFaith March 4, 2015 at 5:32 am #

    Thinking about losing a pet can be so difficult. You don’t want them to be gone, but also don’t want to see them in pain. Lots of positive thoughts to you and Fiona.

    • Adrienne March 4, 2015 at 5:50 am #

      Thanks. I have no idea if she’ll be back to normal when I get home, or completely gone. Probably somewhere in between, making it all so hard.

  2. Kathy Douglas March 4, 2015 at 5:32 am #

    This is the hardest part of being a pet owner! We went through that with our golden retriever. We would carry the 80 lb. dog outside on a sheet so he could go to the bathroom. He just couldn’t walk, but otherwise he seemed to not be in pain. He finally went in his sleep. There are NO good answers here. I sure know what you are feeling! Give her lots of love!

    • Adrienne March 4, 2015 at 5:49 am #

      Thanks. I am a 50 yr old woman carrying a 57 pond dog out for potty. I love So much.

  3. shaggerspicchu March 4, 2015 at 6:06 am #

    I am so sorry to hear that Fiona isn’t feeling her best. Give her lots of hugs!

  4. Kim March 4, 2015 at 6:06 am #

    Having lost pets and had sick pets and not sure what to do, I feel your pain and confusion. It’s so hard when they can’t communicate with us. When making decisions, we always thought about the best interest of our pets and never wanted to be selfish in making the right choices.

  5. jaiceeblais March 4, 2015 at 6:57 am #

    They become your children. Letting go can seem unimaginable. Lots of love and cuddles seem much needed. Hope she starts to feel better soon!

  6. arjeha March 4, 2015 at 7:48 am #

    This so reminds me of one of my cats. She was alert and perky, but she had trouble getting around and jumping up on her favorite chair. Our pets are our children. My wife and I never had children, just the furry kind. My thoughts are with you.

  7. Bill March 4, 2015 at 7:57 am #

    We are praying and drooling for Sweet Fiona. Get well Little Girl!
    Janie Anne and Siobahn & Bill in Colorado

  8. Holly Mueller March 4, 2015 at 10:54 am #

    Aw, poor Fiona. What a wonderful picture of her! She has such a sweet face. I sure hope this isn’t the end for her. I can feel your worry through your words. Sending positive thoughts your way!

  9. Glenda Funk March 4, 2015 at 11:39 am #

    Puck and Snug send barks for a speedy recovery to Fiona. Puck knows how she feels as he recently had a similar surgery to remove a mass on his leg. He had to wear the cone of shame but fortunately did not have cancer, which his mom and dad are so thankful for. XOXO, Fiona. We’re thinking about you and your mom.

  10. Elizabeth's Blog March 4, 2015 at 1:13 pm #

    I love how you described the dog’s name.

    • Yazmin March 4, 2015 at 6:33 pm #

      Will hope she gets way more better . And Happy Brithday .

  11. tenilleshade March 4, 2015 at 6:36 pm #

    When animals or people age, there is so much uncertainty. I hope the road ahead is gentle.

  12. jarhartz March 4, 2015 at 7:09 pm #

    I love my animals so. I can feel the sweet, sweet love you have for Fiona. Hugs to you and her.

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