sigh... poor rusty...
So my poor Rusty went to the vet this week. He SCREAMED last Sunday and I was pretty sure it was due to a bad tooth. So we took him to the vet on Monday. Sure enough, it had to be romoved.
While they were at it, they cleaned the rest of his teeth and did xrays since Rusty is now 11 yrs old.
It turns out his hips are fine, only mild displaysia for his age and breed (mostly Malinois), BUT...
He has spondylosis pretty bad. His vertebrae are actually trying to fuse together. The vet said it wasn't entirely uncommon, but it can become quite painful. I just HATE thinking of this gentle giant in pain. For now we are treating with aspirin but will likely have to escalate soon.
Ugg.. it turns out his back hips were also PEPPERED with buckshot! Imbedded everywhere under his skin. I knew the jerk that turned him into the shelter when he was 3 said he was a "vicious chicken killer", but I never really realized HOW MUCH of a jerk that guy was at the time until I saw the xrays.
In all my days at the shelter, I truly never met such a gentle adoring dog.