Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Dog doc

The past several weeks I've noticed that Caillou has been restless at night. His bed is in front of a box fan and normally he sleeps for most of the night, but it was almost like he couldn't get fixed. When he did lay down, he plopped down.

This morning when we walked, I noticed he was having issues. Hook brushed by the Caillou and knocked him to the ground.

I've read that one of the first things a collie has trouble with is the hips.

After breakfast, I loaded him up for a trip to the vet. He's a gentle dog and the vet techs always faun over him when he goes down there.

The vet confirmed that the problem is with the hips. She gave him his annual meds, but she also gave him some medicine to help with the inflammation in his hips.

After settling up with the bill, I led him outside and opened the door. He hopped in the truck unassisted.

When I got home I started looking through our records to see how long we've had him.

He was full-grown when he chose us in March of 2011. This means he's at least nine years old and maybe older.

This evening he walked much better. I'm hoping the meds keep him comfortable for a long time. Experience has taught me that often times this is not the case, but I don't want to think about that now.

We plan to enjoy our fur-baby as long as possible.


  1. Prayers lifted for Caillou's comfort!

  2. I've heard that Glucosamine and Chondroitin is a good supplement for dogs with hip issues.

  3. Such a beautiful dog, when I see Caillou my mind goes back to the Lassie and laddie movies,
    Great dog stories. Imma hoping he will be around many years.
    Sherry & jack

  4. Hugs.
    Our Jazz is still not right, and it is tugging at my heart strings. He was a rescue cat and has now been with us 12 years.

  5. He is such a beautiful dog, I do hope the meds help and you do have him with you for a very long time yet. Hip problems are common in large dogs. Thankfully there is medicine that will help him.

  6. We always had a collie when I was growing up. I remember the arthritis each seemed to develop with age. They are such gentle dogs.

  7. CBD is good for arthritis in dogs and more natural than chemical meds. No, he won't get "high", lol.

  8. He's so handsome! I hope he's feeling better. It's so hard when our furbabies are ill or just not themselves.

  9. He's beautiful. Our oldest sheltie is has been having arthritis issues for several years. We are not sure of his age but when we got him the vet estimated that he was four and we have had him for ten years now. We just recently switched his medicine to Galliprant (spelling?) which is a relatively new NSAID that is easier on the kidneys. Good luck; I hope he gets some relief.

  10. Oh, dear. I went through this with two collies.



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