Update on Daisy

Back in January we found out that Daisy has IVDD. After a month of strict resting (no walks) and carrying Daisy up and down the stairs in her dog carrier (her own personal elevator), I’m happy to report that Daisy is back to her old self and her back doesn’t appear to be bothering her. We are still trying to prevent her from jumping and running too much, but it’s good to see her feeling and acting better (aka getting into mischief and patrolling the backyard for squirrels).

Daisy also just celebrated her birthday last week, she turned 9!

Daisy has IVDD

Before we went to NYC, we noticed that Daisy was limping our her left front paw. We thought that she injured it some how jumping off the bed. We were practicing conservative management (rest with leash walks for bathroom breaks only), which we had learned about when Daisy hurt her knee a couple years ago. She seemed to be getting better after our NYC trip, but it was one of those things where she just didn’t quite seem herself.

Daisy and her hurt paw

Then last Friday morning Daisy was slow to get up in the morning and refused to go down the stairs. She was reluctant to eat her food and seemed to be in pain. We quickly got her in to the vet that morning and learned that Daisy may have Intervertebral Disk Disease (IVDD). In a nutshell, the disks are like shock absorbers for the spine and if they begin to degenerate, they aren’t as good at absorbing the compression placed on them, which can cause pain and potential spinal cord damage.  Beagles are a breed that are predisposed to IVDD, so after a check by the vet, all symptoms seemed to point to IVDD. The injured paw was not really injured, it’s likely she was having nerve pain from her back shooting down her front legs as she was using her damaged disks.

Daisy was put on pain medication and strict confinement to help heal any damaged disks she may have. This means, no stairs, no walks, no jumping for 2  weeks. If she shows signs of improvement after 2 weeks, the strict confinement continues for another 2 weeks just so she can completely heal.

We keep her downstairs most of the time and use a carrier to transport her up and down our stairs. It’s been over a week now and she is showing signs of improvement. Of course the real challenge begins as she starts to feel better for both us and her, as we have to try and keep her from doing extra activity (like stealing socks and running around) and stay rested as she continues to heal.

Long term we will have to care for this in a lesser form of conservative management. Walks will be allowed, but we will have to minimize the stairs (which in our house are so steep) and jumping. And we will need to be on the watch for any signs that she may be in pain as this disease can progress at any time.

It’s so hard when you see an animal in pain, how I wish we could at least telepathically communicate to understand what’s going on. Although I’m sure Daisy’s thoughts consist of food, food, treats, walk, squirrel, food, food, people that feed me my food, squeaky toy, food, pain, food, sleep. We hope in a few weeks she will be back to her crazy Daisy self!

Christmas in CA

The weekend before I left for CA, we had a massive snow storm here on the east coast. Here’s a couple pics Dave and I took while out and about on the snow


My trip home to CA for the holidays was fun. Most times it seems like there isn’t a whole lot of activity going on, but sometimes it’s just nice to hang around with family and not really do much. My mom, Jim, Daisy, Grandma, aunt, Dale, and 2 cousins where all around. We had our New Mexican meal on Christmas Eve (posole, red chile, tamales, and tortillas) and then opened our presents. Here is a picture of Daisy inspecting one of my presents, she is the official inspector of quality

Christmas day we all went to church and then enjoyed our Christmas meal. Yes, we had the whole fixin’s – turkey, ham, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes with red chile, and pink stuff!

The rest of the vacation was spent playing Mexican train, some Wii, watching movies, hitting up the after Christmas sales, and eating like I’ve never seen food before. I did run one day, the last full day I was there. Not sure why I didn’t get out the days before because the weather out there was fantastic, in the 50’s. The day I got back to the east coast, it was 30 with a wind chill making it feel like 20 degrees out. Brrr!

I miss my family, especially Daisy! Here’s a few pictures of Daisy. Best. Dog. Ever!