This is a follow on from my past post, "What pain relief do you use?". I have seen the vet again and she has said that Bella is in pain and it is cronic pain, ie she will always have it. She says the cartrophen takes about 3 weeks to kick in and this is week 2. She said the decision is totally up to me and what I want to do, but she is happy dog and the vet said it is a shame to see a happy dog that is in this position, if it were only one leg that was an issue then it would be much more comfortable for Bella, but it is 3 legs.
She seems happy, but I know she is in pain. We also have a younger, 9 month old dog who plays and runs with her, so this doesn't enable her to rest all that well and if I were to put Bella down I would rather do it sooner than later so the other dog can get used to being on her own. Any insights would be most welcome.