I haven’t updated you on Bodhi since his eye surgeries in December. As you can see his eye sockets healed up nicely.

And he’s in one of his favorite spots, on the couch next to Marley, who is his person. Lately, however, getting up on the couch, or getting up on Marley’s easy chair with him, has been harder for the guy. He is a 9 1/2 year old lab – best guess since he’s a rescue – and that’s definitely into senior territory. Because he has been stumbling a little lately, and much more hesitant to get up on the couch we took him to the vet yesterday.

We’re not imagining his challenges, unfortunately, but they are the usual challenges of an aging labrador. A little less muscle tone, probably some arthritis, and a little neuropathy. Which means when the vet moves his paw backward he is kind of slow moving it back to a normal place. We’re not unrealistic about all of this, but want him to be as comfortable as possible, so the vet has put him on Carprofen, an NSAID that should help with inflammation and pain issues. There are other medications if that doesn’t work, but I’ve usually found Carprofen to be an effective drug. He has been on Dasequin, a joint supplement for many years, but that’s not enough by itself anymore.

We also did his annual senior panel, and all looked very good, except that he came back positive for Lyme and Anaplasmosis, both tick borne. He’s on a preventative, but apparently that isn’t enough…sigh. Ticks are really bad around here. He had Lyme disease when we adopted him and sometimes that shows up positive still even when it isn’t, but the poor guy is getting a three-week course of Doxycycline now too. With plenty of food…not nice drugs on the tummy.

Bodhi still takes four good walks a day, mostly with Marley. He’s not breaking any speed records, but he enjoys nice long walks – often 30 minutes or more – so he can sniff everything on the ground, find out what other dogs have been out and how they’re doing. He enjoys being outside I think too. And when he’s not out walking, he sleeps a lot these days. But he still makes it up the stairs to sleep in our room at night, and occasionally climbs up on Marley’s lap to watch TV with him. An old photo of that, but this has been Bodhi’s favorite place for many years. Marley’s too.

Ir is hard watching your dogs (and cats) grow old, but he’s not going anywhere in the near future, unless something catastrophic and unexpected happens. Old age is not for sissies, as they say, but we will do everything we can to keep the guy happy and comfortable for as long as possible.

20 thoughts on “Bodhi Chronicles: Getting Old is Not for Sissies

  1. That handsome guy is in the very best place he could possibly be to enjoy the rest of his days (which we hope go on and on and on!). One very lucky pup.

    Hugs, Pam

  2. Oh Bodhi, 9 is so young ! :). Can you see a homeopathic vet? Chiropractic and acupuncture will do wonders for him. Maybe some herbs instead of Carprofen .. just my thoughts…… I have several seniors that so benefit from those treatments. How about NuVet Joint DS? Great as well…… He’s so handsome and so happy he is in a fantastic, loving home ! Great to see photos of him as well. !!!!!!

    1. He’s a fantastic dog, and one of the best we ever hope to have in our home. Thanks for the suggestions. We actually have a wonderful chiropractor we’ve used before for another dog, and that might be helpful again.

  3. Usually aging pets shock me. One day they are young and the next, they are having trouble getting around. There is no in-between. Bodhi has landed in the perfect place to live out his life.

    1. Bodhi seems to be aging at a modest pace, which is nice, at least so far. He’s a fantastic dog.

      1. It’s happened to me a few times. My cat looks great (no gray muzzle or ginger walking) then wam! something happens and my vet says, well, she’s a senior. She was just barely out of kittenhood. How can she be a senior. Jake aged and I could see it. Mollie, not so much. May Bodhi have a long life in front of him.

  4. Bodhi sleeping on Marley is the sweetest. He is in his best place and looks so peaceful. I hope all Bodhi’s meds keep him comfortable for a very long time.

    1. Bodhi loves sleeping with Marley on that chair. They are joined at the hip – total daddy’s dog!

    1. He and Marley are joined at the hip. If I ask Bodhi if he wants a walk and get out the leash, Bodhi goes right to Marley. I am definitely second best for him – which is why I got Gracie for whom I could be first choice!!

  5. You are so right about the getting old not for sissies part!! But sweet Bodhi landed right where he needs to be. He is loved and loves and hopefully the Carprofen will help with his inflammation issues. Ducky is on it right now to help with her hip issues. She’s also on Cosequin DS daily. She didn’t get any real benefit from CBD oil – like Shadow did – so I stopped buying it; but I do give her calming chews as needed.

  6. Give dear old Bodhi a pat on the head for me. No, it is not easy watching our animals age, with all the little and sometimes big things that come with it. Bodhi is in the best possible home with you and Marley. He is an aging, but very, very happy dog.

    Another anti-inflammatory/anti-itch supplement I have been reading about is palmitoylethanolamide. Good luck!

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