We had our appointment on Monday and on the drive there it hit me. I FORGOT TO PICK UP HER XRAYS. OI. Instead of having the vet courier it to the neurologist I thought, I can pick it up no problem. No problem if I remembered. Problem when I totally blank on doing it. We called to see if we should postpone our appointment since I didn't have the xrays, and they said they can exam her without the xrays.
We get there and take a seat on a couch while we wait in the lobby and Darwin decides to make herself comfy too.
Having just her butt on the couch wasn't comfy enough, so she hopped right up and found a good position.
See that lady in the backround? She couldn't help but laugh at Darwin making herself at home on the couch.
So we go in the exam room and Dr. Sanders checks Darwin out. We told him about her gimpy butt and her incontinence and what the new xrays showed. From what he could tell from his exam and the MRI's they did in March he still doesn't think it's a neurological issue, but it could be an orthopedic issue due to excessive bone growth in her lower back. He was going to send for her new xrays and look them over with the ortho guy and do some research. We also got sent home with Gabapentin which Darwin has to take for two weeks.
So she started the Gabapentin Monday night, two pills every 12 hours. She got two more Tuesday with her breakfast before we went to work. We come home from work and that familiar unwelcoming smell was floating in the lobby area. UGH.
The hallway was covered in poop. COVERED. Jason took her out for a walk while I cleaned. There was even diarrhea on her bed.... poor girl. I Googled Gabapentin to see its side effects and I couldn't find diarrhea as one, so I called SVS to see if we should stop giving her the drugs. They said the diarrhea is probably unrelated to the Gapapentin and to keep giving it to her, but to give her a bland diet for a few days (rice and chicken). So while I felt bad for her stomach issues (and me having to clean it again) she was quite the happy camper having rice and chicken for dinner.
Darwin LOVES rice. If she hears one of us in the kitchen making rice she is right there. If she hears the rice cooker button pop up when done she is right there. I think she is faking the stomach ache just so she can get rice more often.
If you look carefully you can see rice on her nose and stuck on her lip.
So our adventures with Darwin's ailment continues. I did ask Dr. Sanders about accupuncture and chiropractic care, and he said he wouldn't recommend chiropractic treatment for her as it may stress her out, but accupuncture may be a way to go. He said there is a vet, Dr. Donna Kelleher , who is a nutritionist and holistic vet that he may recommend us to, but she has a long wait list and there are other vets. He said if Darwin were his dog though he'd wait to see her.
It's funny because shortly after we
I've put off reading it in favor of other books, but now I feel motivated to read it and see if a more holistic approach would be beneficial to Darwin.