Well, I went in at 6 and picked her up. I saw the x-rays and she's got pretty severe detioration in both elbows and also in her hips. It's dysplasia all over, basically, and her elbows are so far gone there's not a lot they can do but relieve they pain, they said. They did recommend swim therapy, though they don't have a spot in their program available right now.
I asked about surgery and they said they showed the x-rays to the resident orthopedist (they do orthopedics and rehab there as well as routine veterinary work) and she said surgery is not an option because she's too far gone. Basically, all she has is bone grinding on bone in her right elbow and the left has little cushioning left. The most they could do is to fuse the elbow joints, which wouldn't really make it easier for her to get around and I don't know how well she'd recover from that kind of surgery either . . . she's no spring chicken. Her hips don't look too pretty either, but she's got pretty good muscle mass in her hind end still, which will probably be the saving grace for her as she ages. Still, the elbows are the weight-bearing joints. Sigh.
They told me not to take her on walks anymore, limit her movement, don't let her jump on furniture or walk up stairs. Easier said than done . . .
We talked about Deramaxx and something else, probably was Metacam my mind is spinning with med names right now. They recommended using either Dera or Rimadyl, didn't recommend Metacam because they've had poor luck with side effects using it. They gave me a scrip for opiates because they think she's in much worse pain than she lets on . . . I don't know what to think. I think I'm going to go see my old vet for some second opinions, call around for info, and do some research. I think I might be facing a situation where I have to pick the route that'll ease the pain most while doing the least harm . . . whatever that is. I'm so upset about this, I can't stand it.