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Bailey ~ Crying during the night and I'm right by her.
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23 July 2014 - 7:24 pm
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OK, this is starting to worry us.  We are on about day 5 of Bailey crying during the night I talk to her, rub her ears, take her out etc... she then will lay back down and a few minutes later she is doing these short cries...

So my husband is now sleeping in there on the floor, we were thinking she was having a separation anxiety thing because Bella and her Dad sleep in my bed... Bailey use to sleep their also.

If it goes on tonight I'm going to call tomorrow.  It's just sooooo sad like and when I use my cell phone to get some lite to see her face she's wide awake.  Last night I though ok my husband has to sleep he works so I slept on the floor as I have been but I moved closer to her bed and put my hand on her left paw... well she nosed it like three times like trying to smash it then pushed it off...  I'm just concerned because she's laying on her amp side and she's struggling to get up and we didn't go through this at the very beginning.

My daughter seems to think her left back leg is shaking when she's standing or going out to go potty.  Maybe she pulled something...   I just want her to be happy.  She has such a personality just like everyone's babies on here.

 

OK, I think I used up all my space for tonight... I need to read the site and check on all my buddies and angels!

HUGS,

Tracy and Bailey

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23 July 2014 - 8:11 pm
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Tracy,
I am sorry for what you are dealing with, and whatever is doing this to sweet Bailey......I don't have any ideas or experience with this to help you out, but just know that we are here for you. I hate to see any of our precious Tripawds going through any kind of rough time.

Saying a few prayers, and keeping you and Bailey in my thoughts,
Love,
Bonnie & Angel Polly

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23 July 2014 - 10:48 pm
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DANG! One minute I'm applauding one post because Bailey is eating......the next Bailey may need a little help getting u p....a.d now this one where she's cryi.g during the night.

AND MOM IS DOING A GREAT JOB OF HOLDING IT ALL TOGETHER!!!!! And you've done a good job in analyzing why Bailey may be whimpering.

Okay...does she just do this at night?

Do you have any Tramadol or Gabapentin you could give her tonight?

She certainly could have pulled something. The vet may put her on an anti inflammatory...which, of course can make her thirsty and pee more! AND, it also can stimulate the appetite...YAAAAAAY!

Yeah, try the Tramadol tonight and then maybe check with vet in a.m.

You and your hubby are very, very loving pawrents to your girls. They are very lucky p u ps!

I know you jate seeing her cry. She KNOWS how much you care a.d she DOES take co.fort in knowing you are right by her side! You are a very strong woman Tracy! This journey can take us to our knees with worry, that's for sure! But. it's just part of the roller coaster and we eventually learn to "go wopith the flow" . You are doing an incredible job of just staying in the moment with your girlclap

Let me know how it goes tonight! We've ALL got paws crossed for Bailey and we sure hope it's separation anxiety!!! Of course, your husband may n o t slee p very well!

Sending lots of love!!!! And lots of zzzzzz's!!

Sally and Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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24 July 2014 - 11:38 am
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I'm sorry to hear this Tracy, I have the same question as Sally though; does she only do this at night? Does she show any signs of pain during the day?

If she only does this at night my suggestion to you is to get your routine back to normal. Why are you still sleeping on the floor with her? I know it's soooo hard to do the tough love thing but it's often what our dogs need to feel like the pack leader is in control. The first few nights of not sleeping on the floor will be just as rough, she'll be thrown for another loop, but if you stand your ground and pretend you are sleeping, she'll figure out that things are normal again.

I hope there's nothing going on with her though, keep us posted OK? And never worry about using up your space, write as much as you'd like, whatever helps.

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28 July 2014 - 6:09 pm
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Hi guys, we are still having problems.  I'm worried something is wrong with her back end.  I have an appointment with her oncologist tomorrow, I guess... my vet is kind of like well we are out of the picture here... so now what.  Does she see the specialist at VSS instead of the oncologist.

She's only eating if there's a topper on her kibble like chicken... but that's ok. 

I love her to death I just want her happy and the quality of life back.  She was so playful after her surgery when she started feeling better. 

My daughter still thinks she pulled a muscle in her left leg because she stumbled on the step going out side (just one step) and fell on her side, she thinks the rug slipped on her left leg... I have tape down and all sorts of things... my wood floors are probably ruined.

I've been trying to nurse her but I think we are going to have to take the drive... I hate the "if you think she needs to be re-evaluated bring her in" statement I always get.

Anyway... Debbie Downer right now...

HUGS NEEDED

Tracy and Bailey

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28 July 2014 - 7:11 pm
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You're not a downer Tracy, you're worried and that's understandable. I'm glad you're taking her in, it's worth the peace of mind right? Please let us know what the doc says, we will be sending lots of pawsitivity your way OK? And also...

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28 July 2014 - 7:56 pm
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Well Bailey started crying just out of the blue like she did during her first night at home so I called the emergency line at VSS and spoke with a doctor.  He said it could be a pulled muscle but because she's crossing her feet it sounds more neurological.  Said do up to 4 tramadol tonight and call Dr. Smith and Dr. Rausch in the morning and there will be a neurologist in the office tomorrow as well.  She just has that look when she cries with her ears back like help me and it stings the heart, if only they could talk.  Sometimes I feel like I'm not doing enough with her and I'm over protective.

 

SCREAMING....................... not fair! Tears are flowing it's my turn to crawl under the bed.

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28 July 2014 - 9:39 pm
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You're not over protective, you're being observant and vigilant. yes, it's a fine line between the two but you can walk it, I know you can. Stay calm, she will absorb your energy so you need to be strong for her OK? Good luck tomorrow, keep us posted.

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28 July 2014 - 10:01 pm
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Okay, your going to get her checked out tomorrow...that's good!

DEFINITELY give her the tramadol.....may make her a little loopy and she may even have a harder time gettingnup. You know the drill, you've been this route before AND, you stood strong and tall as you plowed through...just as you will now!

You are doing a PERFECT job of protecting Bailey! One can never "over-protect" a dog or cat as far as I'm concerned!

Geez..glad you're not crawling under my bed...the dust bunnies would attack you for moving in on their space!!

Sending love and ditto the. (((((((((((((((((((((((((HUGS)))))))))))))))))))

Sally and Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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29 July 2014 - 11:26 am
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Thanks guys.  She's drugged on Tramadol right now.  We go at 2:30 to VSS.  I just wish she could talk and tell me what hurts.  She doesn't deserve this.

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29 July 2014 - 12:06 pm
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Hi there

Not sure what time it is where you are but it is 2:05 pm in Southern Ontario, Canada.

Many hugs and pawsitive thoughts go with you and Bailey as you see the vet this afternoon.

Linda and Tucker

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29 July 2014 - 3:25 pm
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Bailey is soooooo beautiful!!!! We LOVE BAILEY AND HER MOM!!!!!!

All paws crossed in tripawd land!!!!!!

Sally and Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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29 July 2014 - 4:03 pm
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HOME ONCE AGAIN! Bailey went through more x-rays on her hind legs and her spine looking to see if she had a tumor from the cancer spreading. Good news bad news. But I think its good, good. They don't know what it is other than she definitely has a pulled muscle on her left hind leg (like butt muscle) and because she needs both her legs to push up on she cries because it's painful. She did see a neurologist and the surgeon besides her doctor and then more x-rays to rule out a cracked knee cap. Whew. I'm so glad and hope this works... came home with anti-inflammatory drugs and tramadol for pain at night. This little girl needs a break.

feeling relieved.

Virginia




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OMD!!!!!!!!!!!! IKNOW EVERYONE HERE HAS BEEN HOLDING THERE BREATH!!!!!!!!!!!!! That was not a tornado....that was all of us sighing a big sigh of relief al l at once!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!winkerclapclapwinkerclap

Yes, this is great news......not that stupid piece of crap disease.........anything else can be handled!!!!!!!!!!!!! SO DARN HAPPPY!!!!!!!!!!!

Griiiiiiiiiiinning ear to the other ear!!!!!!!!!!

Give that girl some.ice cream NOW!!!!!!

Sally and Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle too!

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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29 July 2014 - 4:13 pm
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Thanks SALLY, MY ANGEL TOO HAPPY HANNAH AND MYRTLE!

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