Jul 7, 2010  •  In Comang

Limping Dog

I have no need for an alarm clock because Comang always wakes me up at around 7:30am to take him on his morning walk.

This morning, however, he didn’t come get me until well past 8:30am. ‘That’s strange,’ I thought, but I figured he hadn’t slept well and just brushed it off.

The second sign that something might be wrong was that he wasn’t his energetic self. He usually runs ahead of me to the elevator and jumps as I bend down to attach his leash, ecstatic at the thought of going on a walk. But this morning, he trailed behind me and didn’t seem excited at all.

Again, I thought that he was just having an off day (doesn’t everyone?) and didn’t think much of it.

We commenced on our route around the block. That’s when I noticed it: a slight limp.

“Walk it off, little guy!” I urged him.

Never have I seen him look so miserable on a walk. I knew that he was really feeling horrible when we approached his nemesis, the husky that lives across the street. Comang usually goes crazy as we approach the husky — he knows that the husky can stomp his little butt to the ground, but is also aware that the husky can’t do anything to him with a fence between them. As such, he usually barks at and taunts the husky, almost as if to say, “HAHA YOU CAN’T GET ME!”

But this time, my little guy shrank away from the husky.

A few more painful steps later, he stopped. He sat on the ground and stared up at me. We had barely made it to the end of our street. I knew then that something was definitely wrong.

I picked up my poor dog and carried him home.

I shouted for J as soon as we returned. We targeted the leg (or foot) that must be bothering Comang, but couldn’t find anything wrong on the surface. The little guy didn’t wince or whine at our flexing his joints and searching his paws…he just seemed to be in pain.

I called our vet, but he is in surgery until 3:30pm and won’t be able to see us until 3:50. Since this isn’t an emergency, the receptionist told me to keep Comang off his feet as much as possible and keep him comfortable until the vet could see him.

Comang has refused to eat this morning, and even ignores the treats I place in front of him. The sound of his growling stomach, coupled with the sight of him looking so downcast breaks my heart. He has been resting on the couch all morning, as you can see in the photo above.

I really hope my little guy is alright. I would be devastated if the vet finds something horribly wrong.

3:50pm cannot come fast enough today.

14 Responses to “Limping Dog”

  1. Mina:

    oh poor comang, that must be heartbreaking. little guy–i hope he feels better very soon. keep us updated.

  2. Kristin:

    Awww, poor little guy! Hope he feels better ASAP and there’s nothing seriously wrong.

  3. Awww, poor little guy. I hope it’s nothing serious! Fingers crossed for you guys!

  4. tyeung612:

    Does he possibly have arthritis or joint problems? The heat and humidity may have swelled up his joints and may be causing discomfort. I’m not a doctor so don’t take my word for it, but it may be a possibility. Hugs and kisses for Comang!

  5. Amy:

    Oh no!!! I hope it’s not a big deal either. :(

  6. Christine:

    Awww… poor little guy! Mason, our pup, had an accident last month. He tried to crawl over the baby gate and fell. When we came home, he was having multiple muscle spasms and couldn’t walk. He’s better now, but he’s left with this weird bubble and a slight limp. I hope Comang is okay. Do you know if he’s had hip issues in the past? Like Hip Dysplasia?

  7. Geek in Heels:

    Thanks everyone for your supportive comments! Comang has NEVER had any health problems in the past (he’s the epitome of a healthy dog) so I’m hoping that this is just a sprain from jumping off a high place (like the bed in the guestroom). I’ll definitely keep you all updated!

  8. Poor puppy. Give him an extra tummy rub for me. And update as soon as possible!

  9. Carol:

    aww soooo sad! :( I hope he feels better and that it’s nothing serious!!

  10. Poor guy! I hope he’s ok!!

  11. Poor little guy! I hope everything is alright!

  12. Donna:

    aw – poor baby! Hope that he’s okay!

  13. mindy:

    omg how is he???? hope he is not hurt seriously.
    Dizzy had a similar problem.. and she was diagnosed with… arthritis. lol Little bit of anti-inflammatory and BAM she was back on her feet in no time! Hope comang comes back soon too!

  14. Poor guy!! I’ll definitely be waiting for an update. I hope he is feeling better.

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