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.