Small Dog is not a happy bunny.
She had to go to the vet today for X-rays on her luxating patella, which has been troubling her more of late. Whilst under sedation, she also had her claws trimmed, ears plucked and anal glands evacuated.
It was with some trepidation that after several hours we went back to collect her, and to discuss the results of her X-rays. Unfortunately the joint has degenerated, and there are early signs of arthritis. In addition, her 'kneecap' is permanently disjointed, which means she cannot straighten her back leg and is very probably in constant discomfort. Initially, several months ago, her vet had recommended that we treat the problem conservatively, with anti-inflammatory medication and rest. However it hasn't worked and she is now being referred to an orthopaedic specialist with a view to operating on the leg.
It's a big operation for such a little dog and we're loath to put her through it, but her mobility is becoming restricted and she is very likely in some pain much of the time.
She's still a bit woozy and currently curled up in her basket by the radiator, recovering from the trauma.
Poor wee scrap.......