Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Poor Bosco

Bosco started limping months ago. His hind left leg was clearly not normal. I took him to the vet where we got x-rays and they warned me he had a torn ACL, and surgery was necessary. At that time he was still mobile, although with a slight limp, so Darcy and I opted not to jump right on the recommended surgery. We chose to see how things went over the coming months to see if he magically heeled, etc..

Bosco's leg did get better. He slowly started walking more normally, and we even started taking him on walks again. However, he never returned to full form where he would follow me everywhere, run all over the place, or jump up on the couch as if defying gravity. One time I took him to play frisbee and afterward I could tell it made his knee sore. He also had a funny way of sitting with one if his hind legs crossed under, which apparently allows him to get back up in less painful fashion.

Just a couple days ago, his damaged leg took a major turn for the worse. We're not sure if he tweaked it, or damaged it more, but he is nearly immobile. He literally walks on three legs, and chooses not to go anywhere unless he decides he needs water or food. We have to carry him down and set him on the grass so he can relieve himself, and it's an effort for him to hobble around just to do that.

Today, Darcy and I are taking him to another vet to get a second opinion. If they also recommend surgery we are prepared to do that. He is only six years old and we want him to enjoy the rest of his life. If they have another recommendation, perhaps we'll consider it. We'll see.

I'll keep you posted. Poor guy.

1 comment:

Alumustang02 said...

He will be a lot happier after surgery. The sooner he is fixed, the less the chance of secondary arthritis. His small body weight will definitely work in his favor. Be thankful he is not a 150# Rottie! Gonna be tough to keep such a happy boy quiet after surgery!