My dog Zoe takes drugs. Until recently it was “just” Potassium Bromide for epilepsy and ThyroVet for hypothyroid. This week we added Cephalexin for a cut that she was licking excessively, Meloxicam for inflammation (aggravated hip dysplasia and spinal bone spurs), Tramadol (for when she appears uncomfortable).
For as long as I’ve known Zoe, she has avoided standing in one place for long (she’d rather lay down). Now she sometimes struggles to get up off the ground.
Is it irresponsible of me to take Zoe on road trips, now that she’s starting to encounter some mobility issues?
I don’t think so.
Zoe appears eager for road trips. Believe you me, I’ve seen how she acts when she’s reluctant to go [into the vet’s office, towards the deep end of a swimming area, away from a playmate’s yard, …]. She communicates crystal-clear when she does not want to go somewhere. And that is not what’s she’s saying when she jogs directly towards the open van door, tail waving.
I often have to help her into the van, but once she’s in she claims the back bench seat to watch the world go by. (Zack gets a corner of the seat when he’s not standing at the side window.) What’s better than lounging on a “couch”, hanging out with her pack while constant entertainment streams by the window? Maybe getting out along the way to explore new worlds!
Drugs help alleviate Zoe’s inflammation and possible discomfort. I won’t keep her limited to a padded world in an attempt to guarantee that she’ll never overexert or hurt herself. What I can do, and what I do do, is to keep a close watch on her. And take as good care of her as I know how, take her to our vet regularly for checkups, and love her forever.
Zoe and I make eye contact in the review mirror when we’re driving about. I smile at her and her ears perk up. I tell her sweet nothings and she listens. At moments like that I feel we’ve made a special connection, just us girls.