Whatever floats your boat...
Yesterday it seemed Kirb had hours and not weeks. He went from being perfectly active the day he went to the Vet (walked a good 5 miles) to yesterday, me having to lift him up to stand and setting him down as he tried to lay down. He was hunched in pain and stiff when he attempted to walk. He would pant a bit from the pain. I gave him a dose of Prednisone and today he is back to his normal self, running to the door to be first to greet us, and anxious to have his walk as he pulled Ann's arm out of her shoulder socket. Right now he just dashed out the dog door because he smells Javelina on the other side of the wall surrounding the back yard. I am hoping the Predisone will be something I can ease him off with decreasing doses after a week and a half when have the pine bark extract which is an anti-inflammatory as well, but does not kill the adrenal gland as Prednisone does.
We also are giving him Astralagus which is an Ancient Chinese medicine that does much the same as all those synthetic chemo agents with no side effects. Also it has been shown in studies to have no toxic effects in animals when given in 7 times the dosage normally given to humans. I am researching both natural remedies, and seeing if there is any indication of cross reactivity, and also with Prednisone. Diet is pretty much another big factor in all of this. I have a lot of reading in all of this and little time. Thankfully the Prednisone is giving me the time to research.
I suspect for a while we can keep Kirby active and happy, and hope that it won't be too much of a roller coaster of good days vs bad days.
Thanks for all you kind words. They helped the doggie parents if not the doggie. I think he takes a queue or two from how we are reacting. Your words added a little positivity to my interactions with him, and I think that is also helping him.