Thank you for your responses! I really appreciate you bringing me back to the main reason I took her in, lame in her right foot. @Magwart
" we treat the dog, not the xray, when dealing with bad hips."I have been coming back to this statement all week now. It has been interesting this last week, observing more closely when and how lame she seems. In the mornings she is her usual exceptionally hyper self, runs full sprint in the front yard, like a normal happy girl. She still acts and seems very springy in the morning, so I have now adjusted to give the meds at night where she seems extra sore. I do believe her left knee or foot is what bothers her more than the hip itself. I am anxiously anticipating what WSU will say. My concerns right now until I know more are the long term affects of her being on these pain meds, her constantly trying to get to the cat on our hardwood floors, the stairs in our house, and the level of downtime if she does have surgery. Her spay surgery did not go well.
I spoke with WSU on the phone and asked about Adequan injections as I could not find a vet around here that did them, and she said they generally use it only for shoulders, not hips, which I find interesting in comparison to all of the online reading I have been doing. I am wondering about other alternatives, hydrotherapy, physical therapy, tumeric, cbd oil, etc but yet again there is not much offered here. All in all, she seems like a happy girl, i'm sure she hides some of the pain. We had a golden growing up that passed at 7 due to degenerative joint disease, he hid his pain so well. I wonder what the right timing is for these things.
I will keep checking, hope to hear how the referral went! that is interesting, each stage of life, so thankful for the options we have today for our babies.