I got Windy to the vet this morning, and we discovered that he's gained 10 lbs. despite the fact that his ribs and hips are very prominent. The vet did give me a course of antibiotics for the probable infection in his nose, but we also did blood work. It shows elevated white blood cells, reinforcing the theory that he has an infection, but he also has enlarged red blood cells and some nucleated red blood cells, which is suggestive of cancer, though it might be brought on by a serious infection. We had The Conversation about cancer treatment. I'm not really disposed to aggressive treatment; even if it didn't cost a fortune I don't have right now, the treatment tends to make the dog sick and miserable and then it dies anyway. I'll be talking about it with Jim and Robin, but I expect that I'll just watch his condition. He's still eating and in reasonably good spirits now. He's nearly 12, and he's always been a bit sickly, so he probably won't be with me for a really long time even if he doesn't have the cancer I suspect.
I'm not attached to him the way I was to Lori. It will hurt to lose him, but right now at least, I just want to give him a good quality of life for as long as I can.