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After a week of waiting and wondering, we finally found out why Romã was complaining about her left leg for the past week. We decided to redo her HD test, just to be sure... And there it was!
Romã's hips progressed from an A to a D on the left side - we think this must be due to a compensating mechanism, to avoid pain on her left arm (the one she broke as a pup). There is a lot of destruction in that hip, and we are all amazed how she managed to go for so long without giving us any signs that something was wrong.
Since there is already a problem in her left arm, a hip replacement is not an option, because the recovery would do too much damage to the arm - then we'de have to go in and fix the arm, wich would do too much damage to the new hip, and so on...
We are going to give her mobility food and a higher dose of glucosamine. Everytime there is a crisis, we'll do metacam and rest. I'm also going to do some changes to her walking routine, to make sure she warms up properly before running like a normal setter should.
We have decided she deserves all the happiness she can get. That is why there will be no major changes in her routine: she'll keep on going out for her coutryside walks, she'll be allowed to chase after horses and jump around all she wants. All these little things are what makes her a happy dog. It would be selfish to keep her in a bubble to have her with us longer, but with her as a miserable dog.
We are going for the happiest girl we can have, and when her pain becomes too much to bare, we'll let her go. Judjing by the progression of her hip, we are hopping to have 2 or 3 good years left with her, before making the hard decision.
It has been a very hard week on all of us, and we are still trying to cope with these very hard news, but we are confident we'll all ajust to this new reality and that we'll have succes in keeping her happy and confortable!