This has been a VERY hard week. Dragon has worked 12 hr+ days every day this week. The only day he had off was Sunday. He got called in again this morning. :/
Pretty normal at our house. So what is the problem?
My Great Dane. ( not a DD post at all) Sorry
Monday night he didn't want to eat his supper but he did just for me. I took him for his last walk of the night and tucked him into bed.
Tuesday morning he didn't want to get up. He moved a few times from the couch to the floor but that was it. Very unsteady. He didn't go out at all nor would he eat or drink anything. Absolutely refused.
Just a dog right? No big deal?
Not at my house. He is a part of our family!
Wednesday. He finally stood up. I rushed to fill his water bowl with fresh water. He leaned on my while he drank. How we did that I don't know. I held the bowl up for him to drink out of and supported him. That is a job fit only for a contortionist. Another mad scramble to find his leash. He struggled down the steps, nearly falling. When he was done he hobbled back into the house and curled up on the rug. He didn't move for the rest of the day.
He was happy to just sleep with his head in my lap. I was thinking hard about what to do. Is it time to put him down? He is such a young dog. Only 3 years old but so very sick. Please understand that he has never been a healthy dog but he has never been this sick either.
Thursday started out with more of the same. Then mid morning he stood up. He ate the bowl of food that had been sitting there since Tuesday afternoon. Not all of it but a good bit still. I refilled his water bowl while he ate. He drank and went for another walk outside. This time he was a little steadier. I wasn't as worried about how I would get him back inside if he fell. Then latter in the day he did it again! Got up, ate, drank and went potty out side. Not even an accident in the house.
Then comes Friday morning. The first day Dragon had been scheduled for a short work day. I found a vet to do the deed. I knew it was time. A Great Dane limping and seemingly giving up on living.
Nope. Not going to happen. Dragon got called into work this morning. I am not sure if this is a good thing or not. One thing it will do is show us is he really is getting better or if these improvements are temporary. The good news is that my dog doesn't seem to be suffering. He isn't whining, biting or complaining. Just sleeping a LOT more than usual, not steady on his feet at all and limping.
We really need a second car. There is NO WAY I can get a Dane on a motorcycle to take him to the vet. :/ I need someone to tell me what to do now. I don't want my puppy to suffer but I don't want to put him down before his time either.
Now you know how my week has gone. Miserable.