Wednesday, February 03, 2010
The Weekend of Cliff
My poor boy Clifford. He had a rough, rough weekend. I'm not sure if I've mentioned it before, but Clifford has a bum back leg that has always been wonky for one reason or another: one of the paw pads has a corn, he had a knee strain at one point, the leg always trembles when he stands too long, etc. The past 6 months has been a limp-fest, so we've tried Deramaxx, which gave him the Big D very badly. We tried another round of the Deramaxx before giving him a break and then switching him to some of Lucy's old Metacam (she's on Dereamaxx now). The Metacam worked great for several hits but then stopped working. And the limping continued.
This past weekend, Cliff wasn't even putting any weight on the leg. Even my parents noticed. :o(
Monday I called the vet, and they said I should call an orthopedic specialist for x-rays. I then rang Dr. B., Lucy's specialist, and they were able to get me in yesterday (Bless my boss, who let me take a personal day!!).
After a long, worried-filled day of waiting, Cliff's problem was pinpointed: Disc Disease. I forgot the long, official name for it but basically he has two areas that are pinching at his discs, causing sciatica-type symptoms. He's on Metacam every day for 2 weeks, and then we'll go from there. He may need cortisone shots in his spine periodically.
I'm so thankful it isn't bone cancer. When you hear "greyhound" and "limp" in the same sentence, it's usually osteosarcoma.... and yet I've had 2 limping greyhounds, and have dodged the bullet twice. Tonight when I got home from work, Cliff was running around the yard like a dzikus with a toy in his mouth... chasing Jack, peeing on the fence, galloping here and there. It's great to see him so full of life and happy- with no limp at all! What a guy. :o)