Dirk’s Journey

Dirk’s Journey

At the beginning of January Dirks’ mom found him one early Saturday morning standing in their entryway facing the corner with his tail tucked between his legs, breathing heavily. Originally she thought that he may have had an accident in the house as he was acting a little embarrassed, but while she called him up the stairs, she noticed that he was not walking properly at all. It seemed as though his hind legs were quite weak and wobbly. Dirks was quite uncomfortable and had a minor fever. He even had a hard time sitting down.Right away, they notified their vet, Dr. Kathryn Welsman. At first they thought that he may have fallen down the stairs in the middle of the night and potentially tweaked his back or his hips. There was also a potential that this may have been a reaction from his allergy medication. There were many variables as to what it could have been. On the Monday following the discovery, Dirks went in for an Xray with Dr. Welsman at the Oriole Road Animal Hospital and Dr. Welsman noticed there were a couple of disks that had obvious irritation. They decided to treat it as an injury at first, and had him rest as much as he could. Dirks started to receive some anti-inflammatory and pain medication to help with the pain. They hoped that this would do the trick. Unbeknownst to them, it wasn’t quite what we were expecting…