Well, last weekend Tyson started limping. We thought he might have just pulled something so we gave him a few days of relaxation and watched him. Last night he got up to go outside and he was limping on both the front and back leg on that side. I called the vet and left a voicemail, which the vet returned at 7PM. He said he was doing rounds and we could bring him in then if we wanted. It didn't seem like an emergency, we've got him on pain meds anyway. So he had us bring him in this afternoon.
Took him in and after the last few hours found out the chances are very high that he's got bone cancer. His arthritis in his back and legs has progressed rapidly so he upped his pain meds for that.
He offered to do more testing and amputate the leg if that's what it is. We told him no. Tyson is old and has had a wonderful life. Making a dog live on 3 legs at his age just isn't fair. And because of his age it's not like we'd be buying him a lot of time anyway.
So, he's home, highly medicated from the vet. We'll be spoiling him rotten. The vet thinks we may have 6 weeks at best before it's so advanced that putting him down is the only humane option.
Poor old guy. He came to us as a rescue in Florida about 4 years ago. He was from a horrible back yard breeder. The lady that had him couldn't stand him licking her carpet. She'd just spent a fortune on berber and didn't want him to ruin it.
Rottweilers were more than plentiful down there and finding a home for one so poorly bred, even with his phenomenal personality, just didn't happen for him. When we went to move to TN we couldn't find another rott rescue that had room for him, so he and Candy, the female we had moved with us.
He's been a wonderful dog. He's so calm and laid back. Always so great with other dogs, even puppies jumping on him and pulling his ears. We knew at his age we'd lose him soon, but it seems like even if you're expecting it, it really hurts.