a Taj MuttHall Dog Diary: Tika Status

Friday, March 27, 2009

Tika Status

SUMMARY: It's the neck. Now what?

Tika is soooo wired and frantic when we go to the vet. I have to give her a sedative an hour before we go. Even so, she's soooo wired and frantic. Vet couldn't get the tiniest reaction from her; says Tika's probably so pumped on adrenaline that it overrides anything else she might be feeling.

But vet is pretty sure it's pinched nerve. Review x-ray notes from a year ago and said "narrowing of disks" in neck and back in about 3 places. Doesn't think it's worth taking more x-rays right now. Gave us more rimadyl to take for a couple of weeks. And take it easy for 3 or 4 weeks.

Of course, we did that in February, and Tika still managed to be sore at VAST.

So now... I have to decide what I'm going to do about agility with her. Although I'm still not entirely sure whether it's the agility that aggravates it (after all, we'd do an entire evening of class agility and never have a reaction) or the extra running around that we usually get to do in an open field at agility trials.


1 comment:

  1. So sorry to hear that Tika is still ouchy. I can really sympathize because I sometimes pinch a nerve in my neck and really can't do anything for 24 hours. And my Dobe, Haven, used to have intermittent pain in her neck starting from the time she was about 5. Seems like the thing that set it off the most was weave poles or playing frisbee (and she used to wait for it to come down to catch it mid-air--she didn't jump up for it). I'll bet that lowering her jump height is going to do a lot to prevent reoccurances once she's all healed up.