Well, I took Sebastian to see my preferred vet today regarding his arthritis. His xrays not only show arthritis in his hips, but terrible knees, compressed/bulging vertebrae all down his back, bone spurs, the whole nine yards. He is in quite a bit of pain. The vet also did bloodwork, as Sebastian's kidneys looked a bit suspicious, and got a urine sample, as it appears he may have a small bladder stone. They also think Sebastian is older than 16, maybe 17 or 18 (this is the first anyone has ever said that). The excessive licking of his hips could be due to diabetes, as it causes sciatica (sp?), where the nerves become inflamed and painful in the hip area. So, I am possibly dealing with a multitude of problems here. The vet did mention Metacam, but also wants to wait for the test results to see what we are really dealing with.
I'm a bit stunned, it was a lot to digest. This has all progressed so much within just the past year. I know he is uncomfortable.
I've had him for over 15 years, found him in college. He has been through very good and very bad times with me, and has patiently moved all over and accepted new four-legged family members. This will be my first pet I will have to make that difficult decision about. I just want to do the right thing for him, and I don't know what that is. I will wait for the blood test results.
Meanwhile, I have pet heat pad for him that is on low heat, he seems to like that. I'm also doing gentle massage, but he does not tolerate me touching his hind legs well. He had a good day yesterday, I even got him to play some. Waiting for these results is so hard!