|Here's woofing at you :)|
I went to see Dr W. for a couple things this time - one was to check on my mouth and he says it is healing up beautifully. Mom has also been worried about my funky little twinkle toes as she calls them. Some of you may not know but my front feet have degenerative arthritis in the them which has caused my toes to become deformed and grow sideways. Dr W. also noted I have arthritis is my knee joints too now but trust me - that won't stop this Big Dog from going for his daily patrols.
|My twinkle toes|
|My lefty that points right :)|
Mom was also worried because I have been limping a lot more lately and she thought maybe it is as a result of a couple things but she also wanted to check I hadn't fractured a toe or anything. The first issue is our new house is completely tiled throughout (except the screened in sun room) and that is a bit hard on my feet. Mom has put down lots of rugs but it is not the same and a nice thick carpet with padding underneath. (We are renting our house and sadly are not allowed to install carpet :( The other thing is the grass here in Florida. It is either Bermuda or St Augustine grass - we are not sure exactly which it is but what we do know is it that it has very thick spiky leaves with rough edges and I do not like walking on it at all! Dr W. checked my twinkle toes all over and couldn't find any fractures or breaks but he did say the arthritis is really bad and he agreed the hard floors and grass are not helping. He said he would be okay for me to wear my boots more often even inside the house. He has also added a new arthritis medicine and some additional pain medicine so hopefully that will help.
The last thing Mom wanted to check was my eyes - she noticed they are looking blueish and Dr W. says it is quite common in older dogs - it is a result of cornea losing some of the protein that keeps them clear and is the most common cause of progressive blindness. He says it probably makes it a little harder for me to see at night and in the day it would be like I am wearing sun glasses. He also said we doggies adapt very easily to losing some of our sight and it will be many years yet before it gets really bad.
Dr W also checked my Thyroid levels (can you believe that Dweeb brother of mine has the same thing now he such a copy-dog). I have been on medication for mine for the last two years and my levels are holding steady which is good.
Overall it wasn't the best of news we could of got but it could of been worse and we happy it is all things we can deal with. Dr W also told Mom he will do everything in his power to make sure I am as comfortable as possible so I can get on with my Bark Ranger duties.