Friday, October 5, 2012
Hiker Went To Vet And All Is Well
I slept a little better last night but still woke up a few times to check on Hiker. She seems to get “stiff” during the night just like we do when we have a pulled muscle or whatever. She seemed to sleep pretty good through the night. When we got up this morning, she was very careful about getting off the bed. I tried to help her, but she more or less jumped off before I could get hold of her. She makes a “grunting” noise when she lands on the floor which she never did before. I did not take her for a walk this morning because I didn't want to take the chance of making her pain any worse. It was cool her this morning so I opened up the sliding door to the patio and the front door. Hiker sat at the front door watching crows on the roof of the house across the street, the whole time “whining” at them. She ate her breakfast and went potty with no problem so that makes me feel good. So I took Hiker to the Vet hospital at 11:00 am. The doctor checked her hips, shoulders, back, etc. with his hands and she didn't cry so he said the best thing to do was to take a couple of x-rays, which they did. They came back all good so he said she probably twisted her torso somehow and that she had pulled some muscles, so he gave her some anti-inflammatory injections and gave me so pills to give to her for the next few days. He did tell me that she needs to lose 8 to 10 lbs (so do I). The ladies at the vet's office fell in love with Hiker. One of them used to breed Cattle Dogs. She said that in her opinion that Hiker is a full blooded Queensland Blue Heeler and that when she saw the x-ray where it showed a small tail bone that never protruded through Hiker's bottom, she said it appears that Hiker was one of those that was actually born without a tail because there is absolutely no nub or any sign of there ever being a tail. She told me that I was very lucky to find Hiker at a shelter because they are very expensive dogs to purchase from a breeder. Jean brought me some Greenie's Pill Pockets to help me get Hiker to take the pills. So anyway, now I'm happy and Hiker seems happy and all is well. Keith is going to be with us for a few days so if I'm not on the Internet or on Facebook much, that is why.