We have R on our minds because we meet with a surgeon tomorrow about his bad elbow.
I like to think that I understand what R is going through. My spine degeneration started in my teen years, and I now have several vertebrae that are bone-on-bone because the disks have degenerated away. It's painful but I choose to be active and live the way I love to live even if it hurts.
R is intense and adores romping in the forest - we share that trait for sure! So, based on my experiences and our gut feeling, we've allowed R to remain active within reason.
But now, we are all worrying about R. When he can, he hides his limp except when he's in the privacy of our house with only us present. Recently, he can't hide it anymore - so we feel that we have to do something.
Tomorrow, we'll be discussing a very new surgery that can be used on "older" dogs who have end-stage osteoarthritis from elbow dysplasia. Very few vets know how to do the surgery. It involves inserting metal implants that will be the new weight-bearing surfaces within the joint.
I'm sorry not to be more upbeat today but I couldn't fake an unworried post (I tried, and I failed!). I always feel it's best to be authentic - so I shared what's on my mind.