I HAVE been laid up for the last week recovering from a knee operation and it has given me time to ponder the ageing process.
The operation was to repair damage following a fairly dramatic fall while fell running.
Other aspects of my body are also showing wear and tear and I am having to make choices about my lifestyle.
There are choices that pet owners can make too to help prevent the need for significant surgery.
Recently, we have had a run of dogs presenting at the surgery for surgical removal of mammary tumours and womb infections.
The surgery required in these cases is extensive and left these dogs with several weeks of a slow, steady and painful recovery.
There is well-recognised evidence that early spaying of bitches dramatically reduces the risk of subsequently developing mammary tumours.
The procedure is quick and the recovery in a young and healthy animal is rapid. The dent in your wallet is much smaller too!
It will be a few weeks yet before I am back in the thick of it, but function will return. It is not just the surgeon but the support from the rest of the team that ensure the recovery.