Call Me Crazy…

By now most of you know our old doggie, Aspen.  She’s 13 and a half years old, and the last few months she’s been having more and more problems with her arthritis.  Other than crippling arthritis in her back left leg, she’s been in REALLY good shape for an old lady!  When the arthritis started getting worse the last few months, back to the vet we went…

They put her on tramadol, rimadyl and gabapentin – I was hopeful that we would see a huge improvement on these medications, but instead we started to see a decline.  Her arthritis was just as bad, if not a tad worse, but now it seemed like she was entering the early stages of a doggie dementia…  She seemed confused a lot of the time she was awake, she’d go outside to do her business then stand there like she couldn’t remember why she came out there, I’d have to show her where her food bowl was (which is a HUGE deal, as this dog has always LIVED for food), and sometimes she didn’t even seem to know who Wade and I were.  I wasn’t sure if it was the meds affecting her or just bad timing, but I started to get really concerned.  When she stopped eating all her food the last couple days, my concern turned to panic.  Wade and I always joked that we knew she was dying if she stopped eating, and all of a sudden, that joke was becoming a reality.

I decided at this point to try something different.  I got an appointment with Dr. Amanda Florsheim, who is a vet that specializes in alternative therapies – she was so kind and saw us last minute this morning before the holidays.

In the waiting room!

In the waiting room!

I’ve done acupuncture with my horse before, but never the dogs, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.  She was so thorough in investigating what meds Aspen is on, the dosages, any supplements, and diet.  We decided to tweak the dosage of the medicines one at a time, so we can see for sure if it IS the medications causing the cognitive problems, or if it’s just another stage of her getting old that just happened to come about when we started giving her the meds.  We’re also tweaking her diet some, and she did have acupuncture done!

I have to say, I really loved Dr. Florsheim and Aspen really seemed to as well.  As we were leaving, I noticed Aspen bearing more weight on that back leg than I’d seen her do in a long long while, AND, as we were walking to the car instead of walking at a snail’s pace, she was actually trotting along.  TROTTING.  I couldn’t believe it!  Hoping this is a huge sign that we’ve taken the right path and perhaps the alternative therapies will give her some relief!  Couldn’t be happier!!!  ❤

Yay Aspen!!!

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