Tony took Faith to the vet in Hawera this morning about her knees. Both back legs have luxating patella on a scale of 3 out of 4. Oddly enough, they don’t stop her running round like a mad thing, chasing the ball (and the cat). They do make it hard for her to jump from a standing start.
The vet feels we can afford to leave it until we have her tummy problems sorted, and basically need to do it when she seems to be in pain or before she gets to 10 or so; whichever comes first. She’s 7 now so a good long window of time.
He suggests glucosamine might help support her knees in the meantime. So all good, in an odd way.
Faith developed a sore tummy again yesterday, and got worse as the day wore on. By early evening we’d decided to call our vet, Rebecca, and as it happened she was on call and just heading into town so came straight round. Talk about great service.
Faith was definitely guarding her tummy, but in a different spot to usual, listless, wanting to be on my knee all the time – which she only does when sick – and generally miserable. Rebecca gave her a shot of pain relief and left us with enough for a few more doses and a bunch of needles etc.
She hasn’t been a happy dog today, and as the day’s wore on has become clingier. I’m trying not to inject her unless we have to, so we’ll see how the evening goes.
Well, been a while since I updated this, what with one thing and another! Last week Faith got sick again so we went to Massey University Vets to have her gall bladder and pancreas scanned. Two hours drive each way and she coped quite well.
She was a total angel. They gave her a very mild sedative, shaved her tummy and started scanning. In her drugged state she thought they were rubbing her tummy and lay there not moving. She was so good they went and got some students and scanned everything as a teaching lesson. Gall bladder, pancreas etc are all fine. Urine test was cloudy but turns out it was fatty droplets which is common. So *nothing* wrong in her gut etc. Sophie, the Massey vet, thinks she may just have a very sensitive wee tummy.
What we did find is that she has not one, but two, luxating patella or ‘floating kneecaps’. She needs knee surgery on both back legs. When she gets up she always stretches her back legs out behind her. We assumed she was stretching her muscles but it turns out she is putting her knees back in, or at least trying to.
The amazing thing is, she never acts as if she is in pain. Sophie commented that Faith is a very stoic wee dog and when she shows pain with her tummy then she really is in a lot of pain. So we’re seeing the surgeon in the next few days. Thank dog for pet vet insurance!