Kitty's feeling better today. I moved her outside to a small paddock -- maybe the size of two stalls placed side by side. The footing is a sandy loom. Even after several hours in the paddock she wasn't severely lame at a walk, so I'm letting her stay there overnight for a trial. If she has moved around too much and made herself limp at a walk, she's going back to a stall.
Of course she's still massively lame at a trot even though she's on two grams of bute a day.
But I called Dr. Cook and actually got to talk to her! Dr. Cook says she misses me. We like to see each other every couple months.
She also said that if the lameness doesn't clear completely up in two weeks, we'll need to take x-rays. Kitty has laminitis (similar to "road founder), but we doubt the coffin bone has rotated. With some therapeutic shoeing, we're hopeful for a full recovery.
She gets her bute reduced to one gram a day tomorrow. Three days after that and we're done with the bute. Thank God.