May 30, 2003

Dog Days

Today, in a mercifully little while, I will be taking Buster to the vet for general anesthesia so they can take xrays of his joints and do manipulation to see what the sructural integrity of his right hip and knee is. Hip dysplasia and/or a partially torn ACL ligament are possibilities, on top of his polyarthralgia from what we believe to be a tick-borne illness. I'm afraid of what they will find; and afraid they will find nothing to explain his recent lameness and pain. We can't watch him suffer and do nothing. But our something my turn out to be nothing, other than expensive. Such is life with our beloved animal companions.

Our beloved animal companion this morning is NPO-- nothing by mouth-- prior to anesthesia. Buster is Nothing But Mouth at 5:00 in the morning. He is bewildered how we can't understand our role in filling his bowl, putting it on the placemat outside the back door, first thing when he gets up in the morning. What! Did we go senile. Feed Me! He is driving me crazy with is insistance to be fed and 7:00 can't come soon enough. Poor pup. What must be going through his doggy brain?

Out of curiosity, I just typed "buster" into the search form at the top of Fragments. Lots of post include or are about the dog. He is very much a part of the family, and I'm no less concerned about him... well not much less... than I would be about one of the kids. With them out of the nest, I guess Buster is our 'child' now. Our fur-covered, slightly retarded, thoroughly guileless four legged child.

We should have a diagnosis by this afternoon.

Posted by fred1st at May 30, 2003 06:23 AM | TrackBack

Good luck and best thoughts to Buster. Get well soon.

Posted by: Seth at May 30, 2003 08:05 AM

Yes I remember when Doug went in for surgery last time feeling that NPO complicity on top of the anxiety. Best wishes to you all.

Posted by: boynton at May 30, 2003 09:20 AM

Hope they find the problem and that they can sort it out. And don't worry, he will forgive you for not feeding him :-)
Best wishes to you all.

Posted by: Woody at May 30, 2003 06:15 PM

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