Thursday, September 27, 2012

POTP request- Tasha Queen of the Urban Jungle UPDATED!!!!

Yesterday morning, right after putting together the post on Chip,  WHN noticed that Tasha, Queen of the Unstuffed Stuffed Squeaky Toys was not herself.  No barking at the neighborhood to tell them to get their lazy butts out of bed and get to work, no barking at Barney, no barking during breakfast to clear her lungs out- just quiet cuddle time Tasha.  She did take care of business and ate her breakfast, but then whined until WHN picked her up and rolled her into a blankie and held her for a couple of hour (you try using a computer holding a large 13 lb sausage shaped blankie!)  The quiet was unnerving as was the totally laid back Tasha.  WHN of course panicked and got Her Majesty to the vet, leaving Chip and Anna Rose home to guard the fort (and yes, we made her pay for that)  Our new vet, Dr. Medling gave her a thorough neurological exam- checking all four legs, spine and neck.  Tasha has some discomfort in the middle of her spine, and her front legs, which are shorter than they should be and are turned out a little (not every one is a show dachshund!)  Her neck is fine as are her rear legs. She is in no obvious pain- no yelping during the examination, just tightening up of her body.  She is mobile and does not tuck her tail at all.  She is now on crate rest and meds for two weeks and will have xrays at her follow up exam on October 10th.  She may simply have sprained her back during regular activities, she may be experiencing the onset of the joys of arthritis.  We will do what we have to for Her Majesty.

While we know that dachsies are prone to back issues, Tasha is the first one to actually have them while in our care.  Thai came to us with loads of back and other health issues; Ginger had experienced two back episodes with crate rest and meds before coming to rule over us, Anna and Chip have yet to show signs of any back related issues.  

She is ensconced in Ginger's pink mobile throne and covered in blankies to keep warm (she is the only member of the pack who loves to burrow under blankets) .  She is on two meds-  Tramadol three times a day and another twice a day, to be taken with food. We tried having her spend the night in the throne, but she was too restless so she slept at the foot of the bed, on her back as usual.  WHN slept with her as she wanted to be held and pet until she fell asleep.  

Please keep our Tasha in your prayers (and yes, her BFF Aunt Cindy knows!) 

  UPDATED!!!  0844 CST- In this latest photo- Tasha is modelling the latest crate rest technique, and yes it was approved by our vet!  WHN had purchased  a baby sling to use while administering Anna Rose's sub cutaneous fluids while Dad was gallivanting around St Louis and its breweries with his BFFFFF Puddles.  WHN asked Dr. Medling if the sling could be used for crate rest since it would immobilize Tasha and Dr M said yes as long as Tasha did not mind- As you can see, Tasha is loving being held in her fleece and flannel blankie while in the sling!  Maybe WHN can sew today, but housework is definitely out!


Anonymous said...

Oh No! poor Tasha. I really hope she makes a speedy recovery and has just sprained something. Fingers crossed she is back to herself after a few days rest.x

Finn said...

Oh Tasha, paws are crossed for you!

Angels Amber and Max DaWeenie and Mom said...

Hope you're feelin all spiffy today and headed back to your normal self!

PawHugs, Sweetie!

Amber, Max (your future BIL) and Mom

Lovable Lily said...

Oh Tasha, we are so sorry to hear the news that you are not feeling your best. We will be praying that the crate rest and med's will help you feel better real soon. We gotta keep you away from that stinky surgery word.

Please be a good girl in your crate and get in all the rest that you can. That will be the best thing for you.

Muffin and I are sending you all our good vibes.

Lily Belle

Scooter said...

Hey Tasha!
Wow, I'm so sorry you have some ouchies. Please try to rest up and I'm sending lots of my healing vibes to help you out.
Grr and Woof,
Sarge, COP

Rama's Mama said...

Aw, it's so worrisome when the pups aren't themselves. We went to the vet yesterday, too. Sending prayers and healing vibes to that sweet baby.

Bassetmomma said...

I'm glad to hear that Tasha is finally resting after a long night. POTP that it is just a sprain and will fix itself with rest! :)

GOOSE said...

sure hope she get better real soon. Love the sling thingy. I wonder if that would work for me. I don't have a bad back, but I think I would like MOM carrying me around.

Unknown said...

Sending Pig Fat Healing Paw, truck load of love and barrow full of good vibes your way Tasha. Get well soon sweet one. Love to the peeps too.
Best wishes Molly

Cowspotdog said...

Sending lots of Sheltie zen her way

Anonymous said...

yay! loving the sling. Over here you don't see things like that very often.

ShellePenn said...

Many prayers for your Highness!! :)
Hope you are feeling much better soon... after all, someone needs to protect the new neighborhood!

Shelle, Milo, Dixie and Newby,

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

I think that Tasha's Sling THING is super fur HER... WHN, Not so much. hehehe OH WELL... House work is WAY over rated, if you ask US. Just so it does NOT interfere with the the Preparation and Distribution of FOODS.

Millie and Walter said...

Oh what a shame that you won't get any house work done ;-)

She sure looks cozy in there. Wish I could be there to carry her around too.


Dachshund Nola said...

Poor baby! Paws crossed

Anonymous said...

Now that's what I call a comfy crate! Sending you lots of healing vibes dear Tasha :)

Waggin at ya,