Day 3–Gets Worse Before it Gets Better

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This morning was not good. It got better, but the morning was awful. I think we missed our medication window and Dakota was hurting this morning until his dose kicked in. I have to figure out a way to keep that from happening.

At 11 this morning, Dakota finally urinated and we had a party. It had been over 30 hours and I was determined not to take him in for a catheter. He went outside several times, kept falling down, insisted on just laying down in the snow. He was exhausted just getting out there, and we were helping him. But when he finally peed, it seemed to change him. He must have been almost bursting and felt such relief. No more holding out, waiting for that leg to come back so he could lift a leg to go. Squatting may not be what he wanted to do, but he did it anyway.

Since then, Dakota has made efforts to move around in the house a bit  more. He even chose to expend his energy getting back to his favorite spot, blocking the kitchen doorway. He has stationed himself there for years and it drives us nuts as we trip over him. He paws the air at our feet and we hate it. So he hauled his butt over there again and parked. I think that is a good sign.


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Author: Dakota Dawg

Dakota lived high in Colorado and was a member of the February Furballs. He lost a front leg to soft tissue sarcoma on 2-11-11. Dakota impulsively decided to see what the whole "rainbow bridge" business was about on 12-15-12 and before we could stop him, he was gone. But never forgotten. Never.

6 thoughts on “Day 3–Gets Worse Before it Gets Better”

  1. I worried about Coops too at first, but found out that many times when he fell down and just laid there he was actually laying there peeing. I had taken him to the emergency vet to have a hole in the incision site looked at and also asked them about him not peeing as it had been 36 hours and they checked hi bladder and said it was empty, he had drank tons of water so I was puzzled but finally saw him doing it. Glad to hear Dakota is getting back to normal – hope things progress quickly for him in the right way!

  2. So, now that Dakota has made his way back to his favorite spot, are you going to be hating it???? LOL I bet you will be thinking, “Oh what a beautiful site!!”

    I know what I would be saying!!

  3. Yes, when D made his way over to the doorway, I groaned but still was good with it. I think it’s his way of flipping us off, to be honest. But it’s ok, it’s better than laying in a corner whinging, for sure.

    And as for peeing while laying on the ground, I wish that had been happening but it wasn’t. Since we have snow, it was very obvious. We had snow steam! And I think he peed for about 3 minutes straight, all while slowly collapsing!

  4. Yep, it’s not called the two weeks of hell for nothing. But it WILL get better. Peeing like a racehorse is the first sign! Just make sure y’all watch out for that yellow snow.

  5. I remember those peeless days (weeks in our case). Glad Dakota figured it out and is now in the thick of things blocking traffic. Sounds like he is doing really well.

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