Abby had a long day at the vet. She's home, wobbling like a drunken sailor from the sedation. Her surgeon and our vet thoroughly examined her and discovered Abby has two bad hips. Maybe I can blame that on her Shepard relatives.
They played with her in the yard to watch her movements and were surprised to discover she pulled up her right leg as well as her left. Me too! When they sedated her they also were able to do a wide range of movements and both hips click. They opted not to do the cortisone shots.
So now Abby will be taking glucosamine/chondroitin as well as fish oil capsules. He'll use an anti-inflammatory when necessary. She may have her daily walks, use stairs, and have gentle play. No aggressive play.
Prognosis -- the possibility of future stem cell therapy. Abby is only 3.
Tomorrow I'll be shopping for vitamins and a new therapeutic foam mattress for her. She already has her new toy.
Thank you to everyone who has asked about Abby.