My elderly german shepherd dog Jennie is not able to get up without help from me. Her back legs are giving out. They are very weak. I've been giving her pain relief for arthritis but she also has a 14cm (probably bigger now) adrenal gland tumour. Maybe that is causing it. I'm taking her to the vet this morning for a check up. The day before yesterday she was as bad and I thought I may have to send her to The Bridge. I was a mess. I rang yesterday morning to see what vets were on at the clinic and none were there that I was keen on. After I hung up, Jen actually got up herself and managed to wobble (with some guidance from me) outside to the yard to do her business. I didn't take her to the vet yesterday as I thought she was maybe getting better.
Last night and this morning she isn't too good. She isn't able to get up by herself. I managed to help her outside this morning, gave her her brekkie and insulin needle (yes she's diabetic). I took a bowl of water out to her and she has been drinking when she needs. She is now munching on a bone
She is bright in herself, eating, drinking, 'talking', weeing and pooing normal, that's why I don't want to send her to heaven. The thought breaks my heart....a happy bright dog being sent to heaven just because her back legs have given out
I'm looking into getting her a wheelchair to support her back legs
. Thankfully we are on the easter break so I'm here with her. I live with my elderly Mum. Unfortunately Mum is frail and isn't able to help lift Jen as I've been doing, so if the vet isn't able to help with any medication that may give her strength in her legs, I'll take some leave from work and sort the wheelchair thing out.
Can anybody suggest anything else for Jen?