You guys, you won't believe this. She went in for her urinalysis via cysto and laser appointment this morning, and when she got up (however clumsily) out of the trough thing (v-shaped padded thing), she must've tweaked her back or something because immediately thereafter, she literally looked like the St. Louis arch (or a scared/arched back cat), emptied her (very full) bladder on the floor, and waddled/stumbled with her back feet knuckling under a bit, her belly was literally in a knot so hard it felt like a bunch of rocks and grunted repeatedly. I had never seen her act like this, ever. The tech and I were like, OMG!! And we had another tech take her vitals (OK), and waited a bit for our vet to free up (very busy day), and he took a look and decided that it appears that her behavior (arched gait, unsteadiness, knuckling under) are likely indicative of severe pain, so they gave her a Rimadyl injection and got some x-rays, which showed nothing immediately alarming. We watched her until they closed at noon, and she did improve 100 fold (she could walk and wag her tail, hind toe reflexes slowish but returned)—so we were told that she doesn't seem to be in a medical emergency (like, surgery ASAP! kind of thing), but if she seems any worse (more painful, hindquarters not functioning, unwilling to move) I should bring her to the University emergency care where they may take MRIs, etc. I seriously could NOT believe this was happening as it unfolded. The "unwillingness to move" and "more painful" thing is really hard for me to determine because she already looks bad (although much better than initial onset).
They think she is most tender to the touch around her hip area, but since the xrays didn't show anything obviously BAD, they couldn't really tell if there is a specific thing that hurts.
Even during the REALLY bad phase, she did take her goat cheese, although she wasn't as into the banana, which is lower value but she has never refused. Because they advised to keep her hydrated/flushing her system, I gave her a yogurt + chicken broth that she looked at and stood by but didn't eat.
MP HAS NEVER REFUSED ANYTHING EDIBLE.
I put the bowl on a box to make it higher in case that was bothering her, but no go. I finally was able to coax her to her bed (otherwise she just stands still) but she hasn't touched her Kong that I put a bit of goat cheese and banana in. Not grunting anymore, and is sleeping now next to me on her cushion.
WHAT THE FUNGUS YOU GUYS!!!!!!
This is so messed up. MP cannot get a break these days.
She was JUST getting back on track with her rehab of her bad shoulder and now she's seriously messed up again. Sorry if I'm halfway incoherent; I didn't get much sleep to begin with and am kind of running on adrenaline and disbelief. Thanks for listening!!