He is still with us and still causing his own special brand of trouble, albeit at a slightly slower pace. You see, Rilley is still passing his annual physicals with flying colours but he is starting to show his age. The poor little guy has been having occasional bouts of back pain. He doesn't cry about it, but we can tell whenever he takes just a little extra care when climbing onto or off of the bed or sofa.
Wait a minute! Who am I kidding?
"Takes a little extra care..."?
This is the dog who laughs in the face of danger!
Okay, maybe not laughs, rather he doesn't necessarily realize there's danger when he sets his sights on something...or more to the point, on food. So that statement should more appropriately have read that he "actually takes care when climbing onto or off of the bed or sofa."
When this first started we took him to see Dr. Ewing and as usual she takes very good care of him. It was determined that this is indeed a sign of age progression and it seems to be restricted to his lower back. We've put him on some medication (Metacam) for when the issue does flare up and changed his food from Satiety diet (the "fat" food that we used to give him to control his weight) and put him on a Mobility Support recipe. The theory is that the new food has ingredients that will help to avoid the medication being used full time.
The only downside to the new medication is that it lacks the qualities to satiate his appetite. This leads to him being extra whinny around dinner time and he begins to demand his food early. The funny thing is, he is quiet in the afternoon until Sara arrives home from work. Then he unleashes full whine mode directly at her, only trying it on me when absolutely necessary. He seems to know that if he keeps it up, after a long day at work, Sara will give in just to keep him quiet. Although, I think he secretly hopes for two dinners as he continues to beg at the table for scraps despite having been fed. But we were warned when we adopted him...
"He is very food motivated."
|Rilley's "Battle Scar" is that little|
black line near the centre of his head.
Basically, what I am trying to say with this post is that, aside from one age related issue, Rilley is continuing to do extremely well since his bout with the brain tumour over three years ago. Aside from those occasional (and I do mean very rare) breakthrough seizures of rapid jaw movements, and the now slightly more visible scar line on his head, you would never know what he's been through.