It happened all of a sudden. That night, mama came home to my usual warm welcome. Little did I know that it would be different. Something snapped out of place in my left hind leg while I was jumping on mama (however futile my attempt was to reach beyond her knees) and I caught myself limping helplessly. My limited memory told me that this may have happened before but it never lasted more than a few seconds. I could feel the panic in mama as she kneeled down to check on my leg. To end mama’s worry, I tried my best to walk normally but the pain was just too much to bear. Failing the test, I heard mama sigh. That meant a visit to the vet again 🙁
After a night spent tapping her fingers noisily on the silver machine, I heard mama mention “Luxating Patella” repeatedly to Lionel. I am generally uninterested in words that are not “apple”, “salmon” and “treat” so I went back to chewing my bone. At the clinic, my friendly vet, Dr. Yang examined my leg and told mama that my condition was pretty serious. She kept moving my leg back and forth, and each time, I would feel my knee snap. Then it was mama’s turn to do exactly the same thing while I stood at their mercy. I heard more words like “surgery” and “painkillers”. They didn’t sound exciting at all.
Later that day, my dinner came with a white round treat! It didn’t taste good but I would never turn down a special treat from the humans. After dinner, the pain in my leg disappeared! For the next 19 days, I had that white round treat in my bowl every morning. It would help with my pain for a few hours before I go back to limping again.
What really helped was when mama started giving me another treat that she calls “Glucosamine” every morning. It used to be given during lunch but my leg only got better when it became my morning treat. This treat doesn’t taste good as well, but it must be nutritious!
Though I still limp once in awhile, I have gotten better. The only thing that changed is mama doesn’t let me climb the stairs anymore. But that’s fine by me! They are tiring!
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