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Barely any improvement this week so we've just taken him to the vets. She said it feels a bit better but unless they x-ray him they won't know if it's a break or something more sinister. I'm taking him in on Monday for the x-ray which could then be sent to a specialist for advice as to the next step.

 

It was very upsetting as it was the first time the options of surgery, amputation or not letting him go on were mentioned.

 

She did say that the arthritis was hereditary but by keeping him fit and a sensible weight, we have helped him have a much longer painfree life that he might otherwise have had. We sometimes worried that taking him up mountains and on hill runs, we'd been wearing him out - seems it's the opposite 8) .

 

Another photo of my gorgeous boy.

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The xray will shed more light on what is going and and should make the next step a more informed one. Try not to worry too much. I am a strong believer in quality of life for pets and I am sure that Riley would not have missed any one of those trips up those mountains so try not to beat yourself up about that :)

Edited to add:

Lovely photo, he really is a gorgeous boy :D

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He is such a handsome boy and so smiley and happy :D fingers crossed the vet can help him be pain free. Lots of love to riley x

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What a handsome boy Riley is! I am sorry to hear things don't seem to be improving at the moment, I hope that the x-ray will help to shed some light on what is wrong with Riley. Best wishes from all the gang here.

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What an absolutely gorgeous photo! and how happy does he look there, he is actually smiling! :lol:

I'll be thinking of you monday, and hoping for good news from the xray :D

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We're back from the vets.

 

It's not looking good. She said she'd never seen such a bad x-ray. She can't rule out something more sinister either, as there appears to be bone "nibbled away". If he was younger, she would have recommended an immediate amputation.

 

The x-rays are going to a specialist and we should hear by Friday.

 

I can't bear this, he is such a happy dog even though he can't walk properly :cry: .

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That's such a shame, I really hope he is okay :pray:

 

The photos of him are brilliant 8)

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I'm really sorry to hear this ANH - he looks and sounds like such a wonderful boy. So very hard for all of you. I hope there's some more positive news once the expert's had a chance to look at the X ray.

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I'm so sorry to hear that Riley's been in the wars :(

I'm another fan of his big smiley face!

I hope you get some better news soon...

Me and my Tink are keeping fingers and paws crossed for him. :pray:

xx

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