My biggest Yorkie, Jessie Jane has some major problems. She doesn't seem to have control over her back legs and therefore can not stand. I have spent a considerable amount of time with her today, mostly trying to get her to eat and drink, but to no avail. I have two choices.
I can take her to my vet whose office is about three blocks away. He is a good vet and he will check her out, keep her there at his clinic, and run more tests than I can count. And if he can't find what is causing the problem, he will send her off to the University Vet Clinic and charge me a lot of money. The last dog I took to him with problems cost me nearly a thousand dollars before he gave up and let the dog die. I don't think I want to put Jessie Jane through that.
My other choice is to have my daughter take Jessie Jane to her vet, who is an equally good animal doctor, but who has a more practical approach. If the problem is clearly not treatable and if the dog is obviously in distress as Jessie Jane is, she will not hesitate to gently and humanely put her down if that is called for.
I have talked with my daughter and if Jessie Jane isn't better by the time Jeri gets off from her job tomorrow afternoon, Jeri will come get her and take her to her vet for me.
I thought maybe one of her nails had grown into the pad of her paw. She has wonky nails that can't be trimmed short, so I keep trimming them often so that doesn't happen. Then I thought maybe it was arthritis as she was moving so slowly, but she doesn't seem to be in pain, so I don't think that is it either. She has gone from moving slowly to falling down to not being able to stand at all within two days. I don't see any sign of a miracle happening between now and tomorrow.
Sometimes I wish that I were a little bit more hard hearted and a little less caring about my animals. Because Damn, it hurts.