December 4th, 2013



Melody hurt one of her back legs a few weeks ago when jumping down from the couch. Since she only has one front leg, this makes it impossible for her to avoid using the back leg, and therefore it's giving her some pain. Add that to the typical greyhound insistence on doing exactly the wrong thing for an injury (pacing back and forth over and over again instead of resting), and you can see where this is going. And then it's been (relatively) cold and rainy for the past week or so, so she's probably achey too.

I don't want it to be her cancer coming back. And since I can put my finger on the moment it happened and she was moving fine before that point and then the soreness came on suddenly, I'm pretty sure it is all an injury. But you know my history of dogs who limp.

Bob was driving past the vet's today, so he stopped in to talk to Dr. House. Dr. House thinks Melody just needs to stop aggravating it so she can heal, so he prescribed her Deramaxx which is an NSAID for dogs. So it won't make her dopey. She's resting comfortably now, just like all the hounds usually do at this time of day.

But I worry about her, of course. It's been six months since her surgery and she's been so lively and active. It's hard to see her limping around.

However, she's eating and drinking normally and asking to go out and yelling at me whenever I don't anticipate her every whim. So I'm really hoping she'd just pulled a muscle and a little rest (and drier weather) will fix her right up.

But yeah... I'm so distracted by my worry for her that I'm not doing much else. It's hard to concentrate when she's in the same room, fussing and refusing to lay down or yelling at me.

Good anti-cancer thoughts will be appreciated.