Kelly gave me quite a scare last week!
It was Friday afternoon. She turned extremely gassy! Now, when Kelly has gas you don’t want to be in the vicinity! And anywhere in the house was the vicinity. She has this problem occasionally. Thankfully, it is only occasionally!
But, this just didn’t let up.
I began watching her for other indications she might be feeling well. And she wasn’t!
I had recently purchased an orthopedic bed for her. She’s eight years old now, no spring chicken any more, and presents rather frequently with limping. Well, she lay on that nice soft bed and trembled all over. Pain? Internal discomfort? Either way it was not good.
She ate her supper with the usual gusto, but nothing else about her seemed normal. She didn’t even bark! And, as you know, she is a barker! Her breathing didn’t seem right, either.
When we went to bed, I prayed for her comfort and well-being through the night until I could get her to the veterinary in the morning.
At the doctor’s office she was thoroughly examined, and the vet finally said he wanted to keep her for a few hours so he could do some blood work and x-rays. That was no surprise, and I asked him that if, while doing x-rays anyway, he would also x-ray that troublesome elbow that caused her limping. I was to call back at two o’clock when he would have some answers.
When I called, I was told to come over and “we will go over everything with you.” That sounded ominous!
How many different scenarios can you imagine during a seven-mile drive? Lots!
I was already on the alert when I had to leave her for additional tests. Then the fact that they didn’t want to tell me the problem over the phone … none of that bode well for me.
I had already gone to the Internet to learn about canine cancer, and what I read there hadn’t made me feel very good either. Many of her symptoms fit the picture for a cancer diagnosis.
When I finally arrived at the vet’s office, the vet and his tech greeted me at the window. Then the tech left, and very soon brought me an active, happy, tail-wagging dog.
The diagnosis? A very enlarged heart as is frequent with older dogs. That’s what was causing the problems. The altered breathing pattern was from fluid around the heart. The gas? He didn’t address that but since she is on medication to get rid of some of the water around her heart and lungs, the gas has not recurred.
And the elbow? Severe arthritis! It’s probably what my own orthopedic surgeon described when he said, “Helen, your shoulders are a mess!”
I asked if she could continue her “work” at the nursing home every week. Yes, that’s fine, and good for her.
I know some people don’t believe in praying for our animal pets and companions, but I believe my God cares about them because I care. I Peter 5:7 (KJV) tells us “Cast all your care upon Him for he careth for you.” The New Living Translation reads, “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.”
I believe that opens the door for us to bring Him our concerns about our pets and animal companions. God really does care about all that concerns us! Trust Him as Savior and caregiver.