We went again to see the vet today. It's a clinic with many doctors. Last week, our regular vet we always request was off. So Pony saw another. We were not familiar with this particular doctor, but liked her very much. She has kept tabs on Pony all week since our visit.
But Pony has shown little improvement, despite the medications she was prescribed. The one thing I learned from our first visit after watching the techinicians lay her on an exam table was a point I'd forgotten: Pony doesn't need to walk around for endless hours in stress until total exhaustion overtakes her. I can pick her up and lay her down! And after I do that, she rests comfortably, often for hours.
Still Pony remained stressed and unable, or unwilling, to lie down on her own, indicating it must be uncomfortable or painful for her to do so.
A year or so ago she suffered a similar problem. It was a neck problem, from the vet's diagnosis. Today, the same vet said her neck seemed to be good, i.e., she manipulated it into many positions w/o protest from Pony. Pony, has also lost about 3 pounds since her visit last week, despite her normal appetite.
And so, the doctor ordered up X-rays. We were delighted at their results--inside, Pony looks very good for an old dogger nearing 10 years of age. So, our vet has decided to ween her off some of the meds of which, one or two may actually be causing her stress rather than relieving it. The source of her discomfort is still undetected, but her X-rays look great!
And so it goes, we're hoping Pony will show signs of improvement. If not from the meds, from the reduction of them, or ultimately from time alone. Thanks to Maineiac for asking, for reminding me I've been lax in updating a situation I was eager to blog about. Perhaps it was because, until today, there was little to update. Hopefully, in a couple of days, something positive will remain to be revealed.