I think I mentioned earlier that Meg has been struggling a bit, her right hind leg being stiff and uncomfortable until it warms up. I at first thought that maybe she’d pulled a muscle, but it didn’t seem to be getting any better. A bit of internet trawling pointed to the possibility of arthritis, so we decided to let the professionals have a look.
Luckily there’s a vet just 10 minutes walk from the moorings next to Nutts Lane Bridge in Hinckley, so this is where we moved to today.
A fine morning after another sharp frost.
We’ve another two mornings like this, according to the forecast, before it gets warmer and damper again.
Meg and Penny were frequent visitors over last couple of days….
We reciprocated and had an excellent Sunday lunch with Sue and Vic aboard No Problem.
It was only a mile to the planned mooring, passing Hinckley Wharf on the right.
The wharf, or short arm, runs 150 yards to a warehouse and managers house near the Coventry Road. The wharf serviced limekilns and a brick works, and the warehouse.
The Wharf Inn serviced the boatmen…
The managers house, Port House, is a fine building on Coventry Road, now the Simla Indian Restaurant. If you like Indian food, this place has some excellent reviews…
Nutts Lane Bridge is just beyond the wharf, and No Problem was already there, having left before us while I finished a couple of chores.
Nutts Lane Bridge
Just had an irreverent thought… this mooring would be excellent for visiting the vet for your dog’s vasectomy…. Think about it…
Which brings us back to Meg.
Our appointment was for 5 PM, and we saw a very pleasant chap who confirmed our worst fears; Meg has early arthritis. The good news, however, is that it’s treatable. You can’t repair the damage caused, but the pain and inflammation can be relieved.
She’s showing signs in her right hind ankle and hip.
Ongoing I’ll have to be careful of overstressing her joints, and keep her weight under control. We have Metacam for the pain and inflammation, and he recommended trying Glucosamine and Chondroitin to improve joint mobility. I take that myself, and she can share my pills.
It’ll take a couple of days for the Metacam to be fully effective, and the Glucosamine is cumulative so it may be a few weeks before any improvement is apparent, but she should show progress. We’ll be stopping here on the way back down the canal for a return visit just to check how she’s doing.
Knackered after a visit to the vet. Big ahhhh....
Now that’s sorted, at least for the time being, we’ll be moving on tomorrow, probably to somewhere near Dadlington.
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