We went to bed and everything was fine.
When we woke up, Chloe did not move out of her usual spot. I knew instantly something was wrong.
She wasn't wagging her tail.
She could not put any weight on her right front foot.
I thought perhaps there was something wrong with the paw pad. So, I did a thorough examination and found nothing.
I carried her outside to do her business. Fortunately, all ok in that department.
Called the vet at home and had a conversation. Decided to take her to the vet here at the cottage. Over the years, we have developed a relationship with vets at both hospitals...which has actually come in handy...one never knows when accidents happen!
I took a few photos of the inside...this is a state of the art facility!
Miss Chloe was an absolute mess in the car...she just wouldn't stop panting and PANTING! One would think she was having a heart attack!! But, we made it there and I was so glad I had her stroller...it makes it so much easier...especially because it is difficult for me to carry her at 20 lbs. She also doesn't pick up germs from the floor that ten million dogs, cats and other animals have walked on!
We waited a few minutes and then the tech took us in for some quick vitals.
The panting continued...at an even more rapid pace...and LOUDER!!
Finally, the Dr. came in and gave her a thorough exam and asked me a million questions. We decided not to do an xray as she could not feel that anything was out of place...in terms of range of motion or anything. She had Chloe walk around the office...three legged. She still would not put weight on that foot! So, she suggested they run a test for Lyme...which came back positive in about ten minutes.
To say I was shocked would be an understatement. I had NO idea that lameness could be a sign of Lyme! She was also running a fever. Everything else was normal. Which is a good thing!
So, I am trying to keep her comfortable tonight and she has a thirty day course of antibiotics to take along with pain meds. and anti-inflammatories.
I sure hope my girl feels better soon....it is so difficult when you know they're not feeling well!!
Yes, the panting continued at a steady pace...right up until we drove in the driveway...home.