Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Update on my peanut

I did take Katie to the vet as soon as I could get her in a couple weeks ago. She is having arthritis in her hips so I had to give her pain medication, a week off, and then a week of very short walks. Thus, she definitely could not go with us on the 31.5 mile hike. The original plan was to take the dogs for 10 miles because I felt that was a comfortable limit for her without her hurting.

She seemed sad the morning of the hike but knew she was not going because she stayed on the deck and never came down to the truck when we were getting ready. After I had taken her to the doctor and given her pain medication without walks for a few days, she appeared to understand what was going on.

She tolerated the medicine very well and it worked wonders! We started out with a 30 minute walk a week ago last Monday and then built up a little more each day to 55 minutes. Thursday, Friday, and Sunday I did not walk them because I was going on extended hikes. Saturday evening we did hill walking in Daniel's ranch and then ran a couple laps last night around the dog park.

She is doing just great but I am careful to not overdo it for her. We will be gone Thurs-Sun so she will get another 4 days of rest which will help so we can return back to our hour or longer walks next week.

I am so happy that the medication worked out for her! She is really spunky and energetic so it is hard to see her hurting and to not take her when she wants to go for a walk.

1 comment:

Kathy said...

So glad to hear your lil girl is doing better!!