It's been awhile since I've been on. So long that I don't seem to recognize many names anymore! But since I'm logged on, I figured I'd do a quick update.
Our sweet Riley Kay passed the rainbow bridge on June 20, 2015 after a long battle with an injury.
In Nov, 2013, we came home from grocery shopping and Riley was "on three feet." We gave her some metcam and put her in the crate for the night to see if it would get better. It was not better in the morning so we went to the vet. It turns out she had broken literally every bone in her paw. It was casted. Every 6 weeks, they would take of the cast and do x-rays to see if any healing had started. It never even started to heal. After 2 times of this, we were referrred to a specialist who basically said they could do a surgery that has a less than 50% chance of even helping her (due to the amount of bones broken, shattered and how tiny her paw was) because there is no plate small enough for her or since she was no longer in pain to just leave it the way it is. So we left it. And it was fine for the most part. It slowed her down but she was still able to walk, run, and play.
Fast forward to late March 2015, she just stopped walking. Like she wouldn't get up at all. We went to the vet again and made the decision to amputate the injured foot. Her front leg was amputated in mid-April 2015. In the very beginning of May, she started shaking really bad when standing and just falling over at times. We went to the e-vet first who said she had probably tweaked something trying to adjust to her three feet. She was put on prednisone. Which helped for a little bit. After taking her off prednisone, she immediately had the same symptoms.
SO we went to our regular vet, who took x-rays of her remaining legs and basically said her back two knees "were shot." We were given the option of surgery on both back knees but they weren't optimistic about it being successful due to her only having one front leg. Riley was ruled out as a candidate for a prosthetic leg. We ended up going with painkillers and an injection called adequan which worked for a few weeks. And then she started with the same shaking and falling over.
The day she crossed the bridge, we had taken a family trip out of town and she woke up screaming in pain. We gave her pain meds. Nothing happened- still screaming after 30 minutes. Gave her more pain meds (different type)- still screaming after 30 mins. So we went to a vet in the area- who gave iv pain meds and it did not help. Unable to control the pain any longer, we knew the time had come and we allowed our sweet girl to cross the rainbow bridge.
We took her to breakfast and let her eat anything she would. We loved all over her and brought her sisters in the room as she went on her last journey. I held her in my arms as the doctor administered the drug and she took her last breath.
It's been 8.5 months now and we still miss our girl every day.
I can't remember how to post pictures and videos so I am going to post a link to the thread on the tripawd site where I announced her passing. There are pictures and videos of Riley within that thread.
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