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Discussion in 'Dog Health issues and questions' started by Angelika_23, Jul 18, 2006.

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  1. Angelika_23

    Angelika_23 Super Boxer

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    I will certainly pass on all this information to my sister. She has not returned any of my calls since this started, I'm not sure what's going on or what she's done. She was supposed to call me about getting my vet to give her a second opinion. I will let you guys know if I hear anything else.

    Angela
     
  2. MMMM

    MMMM Boxer Buddy

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    I agree! Second opinion!

    I agree, get a second opinion! Never just trust one vet when it comes to a serious surgery like that
    Btw, that's weird, hip dysplasia really doesn't come on so suddenly like that?????

    Check out this site: www.grr-tx.com/resources/hipdys_overview.htm

    Here is an excerpt saying that CHD (Canine Hip Dysplasia) does not have a sudden onset like that......

    SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF CHD
    Dogs showing signs of soreness with CHD can be any age and any size. However, most of the dogs are large, weighing from 45 - 90 pounds. Whether young or old, the signs of CHD are similar. Most commonly, an owner will notice that their pet is reluctant to exercise, work or play.

    Common complaints are:

    Limping or short-strided steps in the rear legs

    Slow to get the rear-end up off the floor, and slow to lie down.

    Difficulty with climbing stairs or jumping.

    Tends to 'warm out' of the lameness (limping), which is worst when the pet first gets up, morning stiffness.

    Tends to be worse after heavy exercise, usually the next day.

    Some days are better than others, often cold and wet days are worse.

    These signs of CHD rarely crop up, or worsen suddenly. Usually owners have perceived a problem for a long time and have noticed the signs getting worse slowly, over months or years. Additionally, the signs of CHD are rarely severe. Dogs usually show only mild to moderate lameness or soreness.

    Signs of problems NOT consistent with CHD include:
    All of a sudden, there's a problem with, the back legs, and there's never been a problem before.
    There's been a mild problem for a long time, but the signs are suddenly much worse.

    He/she is holding the limb up, completely off the floor.

    He/she is having tremendous trouble sitting up and walking, and sometimes can't get up at all.


    If any of these signs are present, the problem is NOT likely to be CHD. The most common rear-end diseases, mistaken for CHD, are knee and back problems. Knee problems usually cause the animal to hold the limb up off the ground, which is rare with CHD. Back problems, like slipped discs, cause injury to the spinal cord or nerves. Dogs with neurologic disease of the back will often walk uncoordinated in the rear-end, with a 'drunkard-type' gait. Some dogs will tend to scrape their feet or toe nails when walking. Both incoordination and dragging the feet are NOT usually seen with CHD.

    Many different diseases can cause rear leg problems. Just because a dog has some arthritis of the hips, does NOT mean that the problem is, related to CHD or even the hips themselves. Determining the cause of rear leg problems is often difficult and requires consultation with an experienced veterinarian or orthopedic specialist.
    Best,
    Marisa & Brew
     
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  3. lafsalot

    lafsalot Boxer Insane

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    I am so terribly sorry to hear about your sister's furbaby. Sending positive energies your family's way. Keep us posted ~ Cathy
     
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    atlasmom911 Boxer Insane

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    Sending lots of healing <<<vibes>>> for your sister's baby.
     
  5. GillianF

    GillianF Boxer Booster

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    Our Bronte is nine years old and was having trouble getting up - she was also dragging her back legs when she walked. She also had a bladder infection which caused her to pee in the house. Our vet had her back X'rayed and found arthritis - she is now on Metacam and has found a new lease on life.
    She is a totally different dog - we came close to making the final decision.
    We still have to be careful that she doesn't over do it - unfortunately our house is a two-storey so she has to climb two flights of 6 stairs to go in or out. We had to put her brother, Ttakas, to sleep in March - he had cancer - so we are really glad that she is more comfortable and still with us - who knows for how long.
     
  6. Angelika_23

    Angelika_23 Super Boxer

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    wow - what great information!

    Thanks for the great information. Unfortunately, I don't know if I can pass it on. My sister called me last night to tell me she left her husband - he's keeping the dog. He's not answering the phone so I don't know what will happen. It is a bad situation. But if I get the opportunity I will certainly share the wealth of knowledge that has been shared.

    Thanks everyone
    Angela
     
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