Saturday, July 12, 2014

The Medicines -- 7/7/2014

Dr. Jake walks with a limp, which has been getting more pronounced.  The chewable supplement for joint pain and arthritis may be helping, but we are not sure.   Over the week end we are finally able to determine definitely which leg seems to be affected, and conclude (in our medical opinion) the cyst or growth is the reason.  

Bright and early this morning we take him up the two blocks from Stimson Marina to Sunset Hill Animal Clinic and Rehab, where he is seen by Dr. Lamb.  A cursory exam tells her the problem is something else.  She prescribes a med for pain.

Dr. Lamb joins Jake on the exam mat.
Faced with the difficulty of getting him to take medicine, Herb has a brilliant idea.  He drills a hole in the tasty chewable and inserts the pill.  Success!  Jake scarfs it  right down.

Xrays and workup later, as well as a consultation from her radiologist, Dr. Lamb says the exam suggests a nerve which innervates the right arm is pinched in the neck.  She points out how the leg has atrophied as a result of less use.

Her recommendation is to add two more medications, one for reducing the nerve involvement and one for inflammation.  Now we have two 'urky' pills, as his Aunt Myrna calls them, so what to do?  The chewable is not large enough to drill a hole for more pills!

Another brilliant idea:  Herb puts Pedigree Chicken and Rice in a bowl, adds the other pills, and The Doctor quickly eats it all.

Jake shows marked improvement, and we are glad to have some answers.

Willie of Willie's Tug,
   and of Walldog, Willie and Jake
   Monday, July 7, 2014


  1. Great solution for the pills, hope he is on the mend. Jake is lucky to have such a creative family. Cindy (Celtic Sun)

    1. and we are lucky to have him get better....