Our latest worry on the dog front is Beowulf, who is not only developing a wide variety of lumps (Dobermans, particularly gentleman Dobermans of a certain age, are prone to fatty lipomas, which are benign but sort of weird to feel when you’re petting your dogs) but has also developed a deep, hacking cough that is going to require a vet visit. He turned seven this month, so he is kind of getting up there for a Doberman, passing out of middle age and into “of a certain age” since a Doberman who lives to 10 is doing well and one who goes past it is living on borrowed time.
Last time we took him to the vet we found out that he suffers from arthritis. I wasn’t aware even though I spend so much time with him. It must not be all that severe yet because he to me it seems he ignores it, or just has begun to slow down but not by much at this point. I have no reason to doubt the vet. If he says that’s what the dog is dealing with then we’ll figure it out, is what I told myself. Thankfully it wasn’t long before I found these tablets that are sure to relieve my dogs arthritis pain. They are very well reviewed online and the vet said that in his experience they were pretty effective. I’ll order some and give them to the dog regularly and we’ll see how it goes. With any luck we’ll stop this from worsening or at least delay it.
He is still a sweet, steady, and dependable boy, if one who is starting to slow down from his adventurous youth, when he and Tink spent many an hour zooming ferociously around the yard. He is still determined to protect us from squirrels, those tiny yard-pirates with their suspiciously fluffy tails. We’re looking forward to years with him yet, just need to figure out what’s going on with that cough and make sure that his latest crop of lumps are, in fact, lipomas and not something more sinister.