Look what came the other day:
A nice German Swiss fella with a whole lotta tasty nommies for the furry beasts! The dogs were sure happy to see the Monsieur Meat-Delivery and barked with delight. Juno knows exactly who he is and knows exactly what the 2 freezers are in our basement. She loves to investigate the delivery and the freezers.
Those big roasts are not for us. Pas pour nous. Boo-hoo!
The cardboard box holds our raw meaty veal bones. The other cardboard box however, holding the minced chicken carcass sausages, broke. So Monsieur Meat-Delivery and I ran around collecting the run away sausages while the dogs were left to their own devices.
I came inside and happened upon a crime scene. A suspect seemed to be fleeing the scene of the crime.
A flip flop on Loki's bed.
Now the dog's don't have their own beds per se, but they do more or less lay a claim and occasionally they share. Past video of Loki Woo-ing clearly show this is his bed while another crime scene of Siberian Mastications clearly show where Juno hangs out.
"Hi Mom! I see Monsieur Deliciousness came for us! Is it all packed away and prêts à servir?
"Oh that flip flop behind me? Nope, not me. Besides, that's on LOKI's bed."
It can't be! My non-destructive GSFMD has turned to the dark side? No! Say it isn't so!
"I was framed!"
"You snooze, you lose Big Boy."
Juno's back to her naughty self. Sigh.
Thank you all for your very helpful comments on Juno's Cross Roads, whether they were based in experience or based in thoughtful consideration of the choices we have, it helped more than you know. Even if you didn't experience this issue, some of you spoke to the logic and that seemed to help confirm what we will do.
We will most likely go ahead with the THR. But I have to do all my research and consultations first. I'm sure the gold beads will help for a short term but intuition tells me this won't last. I'm around both dogs all day long and I'm very sensitive to changes and know what works and what doesn't. Juno seems back to more of herself and her appetite is much better. I'm certain that the vet doing the gold bead procedure won't understand why I wanted to do both (she recommended not doing the beads and spending the money if we were going to do surgery). I'm sure she'll think we're wacky for doing both even if they seem to be working. The truth is, the gold beads wouldn't do any harm and it only cost a little more to do them and we needed additional x-rays anyway so it made sense to me to do them while we had x-rays taken. In addition, we can't do the surgery very quickly as we're having guests in November and December. So it's nice to know if they do work, at least she'll have some pain free months while we carry on other things.
The reason for moving ahead with it even if the beads work, is that the yogi in me tells me it's important to correct improper structure as it can only lead to more disease later on such as spinal problems. That's just not a complication I'm prepared to deal with later on, especially since it "could" be prevented by simply correcting the structure in her movement. Lately, Juno's potty habits have been affected. Intuition tells me this is from low spinal issues. When she feels good, it's not a problem. When she has pain, well, there are problems. I can't see doing a "wait and see" approach with Juno only because I'm starting to see small problems now that are not going to go away and most likely get worse if we do nothing. And what if the "wait and see" approach brings a complication that we can't fix or reverse?
It's likely we'll do it some time in January so we can plan for recovery. I haven't consulted yet with any surgeons. I'll start with Dr. Vingerhoats since he's been recommended by more than 2 other vets. I also need to bone up on THR as there are 2 types: cement and cementless. I also need to fully understand the post op recovery: some people say 4-6 weeks others say 3-6 months. I do know at the very least we will do one hip if not both (at different times).
So thank you all. You've been just the support we all needed at this point in our cross roads of choice! We'll definitely keep up to date as things progress.
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