Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Hazel's Pain in the Neck

Hello Friends!

Hazel here today
 to tell you about the pain in my neck.

No - 
I am not talking about Mabel 


I look pretty happy in the above picture but
 I have not been feeling that happy lately

I have been experiencing some pain in my neck area
Two rounds of prednisone did not get me better.
It made me feel better but 
as soon as we backed the dosage off the pain returned. 
Tuesday I had xrays done 
and it seems I have a collapsed disc area

The best we can do is to manage the pain as best we can
so for now I will take prednisone and gabapentin.
If I get feeling really good we will reduce the prednisone and see how it goes. My dogtor would like it if I could just take the gabapentin (if it helps me) and only take the prednisone if I have a bad flareup. The goal is to keep me comfortable on the least amount of meds. 

The hardest part is keeping me and Mabel from playing too hard. Our favorite thing to do is grab each others necks and shake but Mom & Dad won't let us do that anymore

Other than that I am fine -
 I am at a good weight - 14.8 lbs
so no diet necessary thank goodness!

We are the PugRanch Kids
Bailey, Hazel & Mabel


  1. I don't know if it's availible in your area, but acupuncture was really helpful to Bart when he was having neck issues. Sending Rottie kisses!

    -Ruby and Otto

  2. We'll keep our paws crossed for you. Neck grabbing and shaking is our favourite game, too!

  3. Hari OM
    Deary me... when playtime is curbed, it really is a pain! You are being really well cared for Hazel, so will include you in my POTP each day that the meds do their work quickly and you can manage it minimally! Bart's suggestion of accupuncture is a good one - works wonderfully for doggies! Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  4. We have a friend who is on similar medication. When he went on it he couldn't walk and now he is slowly walking again and the future looks bright for him. Hope it works as well for you my lovely friend

  5. Ah!! Belle and Maddie play rough too! Maddie takes prednisone. The only thing I hate about it is that it changes her appetite.
    Sending you love little Hazel!! Omgosh wish we all lived closer. Belle would just love her!! Xxoo

  6. Oh gosh, I am so sorry! That sounds awful. Ruby strained her neck a few weeks ago, but fortunately the pain was only temporary.

  7. That must be awful for you. We hope your medication works and you feel some relief soon.
    Dip and Elliot x

  8. no playing is the hard part for sure - we hope you get the problem sorted out soon

  9. Awww, Hazel. We can't stand to see you sad. I hope that your medicines work and you feel better. We are sending lots of love from the bayou especially for you! ♥ ♥ ♥

  10. Sendin ya POTP, hopes ya feel better soon.

  11. Oh no! That is terrible! We hope the medications will work to keep you feeling better!

  12. My human grandma took gabapentin for her pain and she had to get off of it cause it confused her and she couldn't remember thinks. Don't know if it has the same side effects in dogs just be aware if you start acting goofy.

    Aroo to you,

  13. A pain in the neck is no fun. Hope the medicine works the way you are hoping it will so you can not take the prednisone.

  14. Hope your neck feels better soon and the only pain in it is Hazel! teehee!

  15. Oh Hazel, we are so sorry to hear about your neck. That must be so uncomfortable for you. Phantom was on gabapentin for a while and it helped his legs a lot. We hope it does the same for you. All paws crossed.

    Woos - Ciara and Lightning

  16. Neck pains are very hard to live with. I know because it happened to me too when I was younger (a lot younger) and ran into the steps when I tried to jump up 3 steps at a time. (Not a good idea when you have short legs). I had to have surgery butt I'm all better now. I'm sending you lots of POTP for a quick recovery.

  17. We are so sorry you are in pain, Hazel! We hope that the gabastuff works...we totally understand not wanting to take too much medicine (Arty can't take any kind of steroid cause he goes all Cujo).....We ARE happy you don't have to be on a diet!!
    POTP for less pain headed your way!!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

    PeeEss...You have the cutest puggy smile!

  18. Sorry to hear about your sore neck Hazel. We hope the medicine helps you and we glad you don't have to go on a diet. Milo & Jet

  19. You and I are too similar, Hazel. Same pain in the neck and even the same meds!!! Actually, the pred didn't help me so I stopped it. But I hope it helps you, and that you gradually get better and better. Thank goodness on the "no diet" news!

  20. Oh, that's no fun! Any pain in the spine/neck area is tough to take! I hope the pills - and some curtailed play sessions - will help! (Isn't it nice when the vet - or the doc - says you don't have to go on a diet?!)

  21. Hazel, we have been thinking of you a lot and wondering how you were doing.
    Were so sorry, that your necky is hurting, and has a bad disk in it. Its no fun to hurt and cry.
    I hope the prednisone and gabapentin medicines will make you feel better.
    I had to take gabapentin for awhile,, too..
    I know you like to play in certain ways, and cannot anymore.... mom knows best.
    I am sending you a million magical healing bubbles to make you feel better,, and some for your pawrents too who are so worried.
    I am senfing you POTP and my prayers.

  22. Oh poor sweet Hazel, I do not like to finks you haf a hurt me. Take care darling
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  23. Hazel I hope so much that this pain the neck goes away or it will be better and you can reduce the meds... Hugs to you and a big bag of weim-power...

  24. OH NO HAZEL I'M SO VERY SORRY TO READ ABOUT YOUR SORE NECK.....Mom struggles with sciatica aka a PITT so she knows how aggravating it can be and how quickly it can pop up. Miss "Maybe she is Mabeline is gonna have to play tug of war war else where.
    Maybe your mom can tie a tug toy around the leg of a heavy piece of furniture.
    Hugs madi your bfff

  25. I have a pain in the neck too, his name is Niles! BOL! No, butts really....we hope that you get to feeling better soon! Maggie, our senior sister had the same thing happen not to long ago and she had to be put in Jail cause Niles likes to agitate her and she tries to bite him and the dogter said that someone need jail time to relax!!! It took a couple of weeks and now she is back to her wonderfully grouchy self!!!


  26. Oh Hazel, I'm so sorry you have a pain in the neck! My Chico is taking prednisone and it's really helped him oh so much! But he's taking it for a different reason. I hope that the meds work and that you'll start feeling better super soon.

  27. I am sorry you have a booboo neck and I will cross paws for you to get better. I hope Mabel will understand and take it easy on you. Try to rest and maybe you need a back rub.

    Ziggy Out!!

  28. Hi Hazel! I'm so sorry to hear your neck is bothering you. I hope the meds help to keep you comfortable. I make my dad give me massages - perhaps you can convince your 'rents to give you one, too. In that one photo it looks like Mabel's applying a "warm compress" to your neck, and by warm compress, I mean her head. :)


  29. We are so sorry your not feeling very well Hazel! Sending you lots of hugs and get well wishes!

    Tucker and Rayne