- 1 month ago
- Wedding: August 2019
I’m feeling so awful right now.
I have a 15 month old Golden Retriever puppy. He’s the actual light of my life. We do so much together – if we go out for lunch, we go out with him. I go running with him. On days I go to the gym, he gets a super fun-filled day at Doggie Daycare. This dog is wanting for nothing, and if I could be reincarnated as any creature, I think I would want to be my dog, lol.
But the past 3-4 weeks he’s been limping. So, I took him to the vet in Jan. It’s difficult to examine my boy as he’s so bouncy and energetic so I can absolutely see why the real issue might have been overlooked. His vet called it a sprain on his right wrist, recommended some anti-inflammatories and 2 weeks rest. We did just that – well, as much as we could given his age -and he recovered well. Not perfectly. But his limp was barely noticible – if you didn’t know he had it, you wouldn’t know. Our vet said – because he’s been put under twice in the last 2 months, it was best not to put him under again for something that looks quite mild. In his defence, in that examination room with him full of energy and adrenaline, he had no limp. He looked fine.
But, he’s been depressed. We assumed it was because of the kitten we brought home 2 weeks ago, but that didn’t really make sense. He absolutely loves that kitten. I think, looking back, it’s because he’s been in a lot of pain. I feel like the worst dog Mum.
Fast forward to yesterday…..it was bad. On Sunday mornings we go to Level 1 training. He wasn’t himself – he was jumping around, super excited as usual – but something seemed off. He seemed agitated. Anxious. So, to try and help, we took him home for a rest. Usually we go out afterwards for lunch. Get him a little plate of doggie sausages and biscuits from our local cafe. But we thought today it was best to head home. We knew something was really wrong.
After a nap…when he got up…his limp was so bad he could barely stand. I made an emergency appointment with the vet and she examined him properly – in a way we couldn’t the first time because he was being so difficult. But, she looked at both his front legs and it was obvious – it wasn’t a bad wrist, the pain was coming from his shoulders. The most likely cause is OCD. Not the mental health diorder, but the joint disease, common in his breed. He’s currenty at the vet getting X-Rays, what he should have had a month ago. Althought here is a possibility it could be a small fracture or a sprain, she said it didn’t seem likely due to his reaction to her exam.
I should have known. I should have been better enough to know it wasn’t a sprain. The last time he had one it resolved itself in a few days – this has been dragging on.
I feel so guity. And the surgery itself? Will likely be about $8k here. THank heavens for pet insurance.
I’m being silly. But our dog, he’s at the vet so much. Skin issues, throat issues – yesterday I told the vet about a medication he was on earlier last year, and she had to scroll through so much vet history she commented “wow he’s here alot” and I just hung my head. I know it’s 100% not my fault he needs medical attention as often as he does but sometimes I feel like it is.
I feel so bad for him. I just hope the X-Rays give me some kind of good news, like it’s all an elaborate act in defiance of us bringing the cat home or something…
Sorry. This post isn’t really saying anything. i guess – has anyone else gone through OCD surgery for their pup? Or a similar surgery for hip/elbow dysplasia?
Pic because he’s my best floopy boy.