Reilly In Distress

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends,

It’s Monday, and I hope you had a peaceful weekend. Unexpectedly, we were busy taking care of Reilly. On Saturday after his breakfast, he suddenly began to limp. His back right leg was sticking out, he was whimpering and couldn’t put any weight on it. Fortunately, our vet was on call, and we took him in to be examined. She asked, “Did he fall or jump off of something? Was there an acute incident? No on all counts was the answer, and we waited anxiously as they took x-rays and blood. Harry began to cry at the thought of Reilly suffering or having something terribly wrong. I kept my nurse face on until our vet reported that the x-rays showed no fracture, no broken hip, but trouble in the knee—arthritis with knee cap displacement. “I want the radiologist to read the x-rays to make sure there’s nothing else going on like a tumor. I gave him a shot for the inflammation, and he has to be confined in a caged space. I want as little movement as possible, and give him this medicine in a syringe once a day,” she said, handing it to me. Harry gasped, “Is Reilly going to be okay?”  “I think so, but I’ll call you when I get the radiologist’s report in a couple of days. Keep him quiet, confined and give him his medicine, and hopefully he’ll recover and not need further intervention.” We took Reilly home, and I organized a space for him on the living room rug—his water bowl, food dish and wee wee pad along with his treats. “We can’t let him in the kitchen. It’s too slippery,” I said. “You know best, Pris, but I’m not confining him. I’ll just relax with him on the bed and watch sports. We’ll be fine.”

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Take good care of yourselves,