Jul
7
2015

It started as a lovely summer morning with the kids preparing for their swimming lessons. Jasper, our 13-year-old Labrador retriever, had been lounging on the kitchen floor when I realized he hadn't gone outside yet. I helped him up and got him through his doggie door. Looking out the window onto the deck, I winced as I saw him stumble down the stairs, but he righted himself quickly and set out to explore the yard. 

Arriving home later that afternoon, I immediately knew something was wrong when Jasper didn't greet us at the door. Where was he? We scoured the house. Then we heard a weak, raspy bark coming from the yard. Rushing outside, we found him splayed out at the bottom of the deck stairs in the blazing sun. His arthritic legs had been too weak to carry him up the stairs to his water bowl and into the protection of the shaded deck. Feeling how hot he was, we scooped him up onto the deck, placed a fan in front of him, and wet his fur with warm water. I immediately called our veterinarian and she asked me to take his temperature. It was 108F. She told me to get him to her right away. 

Racing to the hospital with the air conditioning on full blast, guilt flooded over me. I knew he was struggling with the stairs and probably had arthritis. Even during the visit to the veterinarian last fall I had been meaning to bring up my worries about Jasper's mobility, but I forgot. 

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PWR-00170 © 2015 Zoetis Inc. All rights reserved. July 2015. 

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