So over the weekend my dear dog Bam was limping even tho we hadn't been running, or even really walking fast in the last few days. I decided to call the vet on Monday and we went ahead with x-rays yesterday.
Now she had to be sedated for the x-rays. Why? Well, if she would have been willing to lay on her back and have her back legs turned out and then pulled straight she could have just had the x-rays. For some reason, I didn't think that would work. :-)
I dropped her at the vet yesterday morning and by mid-afternoon the vet had examined her, called me once, done the x-rays and called me again. I was working myself into a frenzy because I hadn't heard anything (must be bad, right?) but by about 3:30 I had a call from the vet. Yeah, the x-rays were clear. That's right! No arthritis, no bone spurs, no abnormalities, no cancer. Nothing. So as the vet said, the good news is there's nothing. The bad news is I spent all that money and don't know why she's been limping.
The prevailing theory in my circle of peeps is that she's been faking it for sympathy or faking it because she doesn't really want to exercise. My boss even told a story about some people he knew who had a dog. I'll summarize: dog is in an accident, dog takes about 6 months to rehab, limping a lot etc, getting lots of attention; dog gets better and dog doesn't get as much attention; dog learns to limp to get attention. Tooooo funny!
Anyway, I AM relieved that there's nothing serious going on but also puzzled. We're trying some anti-inflammatory meds for a couple of weeks and see how she is after that. You know my motto: Better Living Through Pharmaceuticals! I support the industry in which I work. :-)
So, three cheers for no cancer! Three cheers for no arthritis! And finally three cheers for the faker!