This morning l have taken my lovely rottie Bruno to see the specialist at a large veterinary hospital. He has been lame on his front right foot for quite awhile. The local vet has treated him with anti-biotics/anti-inflammortaries/painkillers etc and xrays - but could not find a reason for his problem. So the vet forwarded the x-rays to the specialists and to-day we went - quite a long journey in heavy traffic. He behaved beautifully - going into this huge - very luxurious hospital - walking very close to me with my new rollator. He lay beside me all relaxed - and every one that came past admired him - as he is a very majestic looking dog. He wagged his little stumpy tail at all the girl dogs that came in and they all instantly fell in love with him. This place was even better then any of the private hospitals l have been in. l was given a cup of coffee and Bruno had a bowl of water. When it was our turn we both limped in to the ‘consultants room’. After a long discussion as to the ‘history’ of when he became lame and the treatment he has so far had - the vet examined him thoroughly - and came to the decision that it was not an orth-paedic problem but nerve - neuro - and the vet was convinced that the nerve damage and now muscle wastage is cause by something sinister - most likely a tumour or tumours under his armpit. To get a definite diagnosis they could give him a MRI scan. But there would be nothing they could do about it - apart from amputating his front leg - but even then it might have spread to his spine. The MRI would have cost £2000 - l decided not to go ahead - as it was not going to make him better and at 9yrs old and a large dog - amputation is out of the question. The vet was in complete agreement with my decision - so for now he is on meds to make him as comfortable and painfree as possible and l will know when the time is right and l will not let him suffer unneccessarily -lt could be 2months or 2 yrs. The meds he is on is Gabapentin and Rimadyl - which is often prescribed for pwms. This dog was rescued by a dog warden in lreland - and was nothing but a skeleton - and had been chained up all his life. The Dogs Trust took him - as even in the condition he was in - they could see what a lovely personality he had. l have had him only for 15months - and in that time he has ‘blossomed’ into a handsome boy and his weight-which was 19kg is now 41kg - and he looks so healthy - with a shiny coat.
This dog has been a priviledge to own - he loves everyone and everything - and has quite a ‘fan club’. The vet asked me about how fit he was before this happened and what exercise he had. l told him l had an all-terrain scooter [ Tramper] and we would go over the fields and woods. Then the Vet said - ‘l know you do - l live not far from you and have often passed you and admired your dogs - as they are so well behaved.’ l then recognised him - as he has two terriers - a Border and a Patterdale - and they are absolute horrors and go berserk when we meet - wanting to attack my dogs.
So it has been a sad day for us all - even the vet and his assistant who escourted us out into the waiting area - where Bruno was greeted by the girls he had made friends with. More tail-wagging - l kept calm - and did not breakdown until l got home.
We shall make his time with us as happy as poss and spoil him rotten.