Blue will be 14 years old on December 24. He was rescued from a pet store since he hadn't sold by six months and would probably have been -- well you know. In the last few years we have had a lot of health issues. There have been four surgeries to remove mast cell tumors that weren't supposed to return, but they did. He has one that split open and will never heal, so that has to be bandaged and pretty much looks like a diabetic wound. The only other option to fix this would be to amputate his leg. I didn't think that would be appropriate given his age and how much it would cost.
Then in March, he was hit by geriatric vestibular syndrome which does something to his inner ear and makes him walk like he is really drunk. His balance is completely off, although this time he is not vomiting. The vet had told me that it could return to his other ear and yesterday it came back. I hope he recovers like he did the first time it happened.
UPDATE -- 12/9/09
He recovered again! This dog is just full of miracles. Blue is still a bit wobbley but is up and about demanding treats again. His head is now cocked a bit to the right instead of left...maybe it will all even out.