It's no secret, I always wanted to be a veterinarian, but circumstances beyond my control prevented it from happening. Apparently my pack is determined that I get to study canine illnesses and injuries the hard way, thru actual experience. Now, we probably don't have any more illnesses and injuries than any group of 10 dogs living together, or say 10 two year old humans in daycare, but lately they've been turning up the learning curve.
Morgan has been coping with arthritis in her hips and back legs for several years. Lately we've noticed that she's walking stiffer than usual. We try to avoid stairs with her and I've been taking her into the front yard instead of making her go up and down two flights of stairs to the back yard. This morning when we headed for the front door, she was limping. It wasn't just a stiffness limp, her left hind leg was hanging uselessly.
And a note to my dogs, it's OK, if I'm curious about canine health problems I can read about them. You don't have to keep presenting me with these new challenges.