Just got back from the vet with bad news.
Keiko, whom we adopted form rescue just a few weeks ago, started limping last night. When she ran, she would hold her foot off the ground and not even use it. It was her left front leg. She was still doing it this morning, so I took her in to check it out. Her elbow area was swollen.
Vet did x-rays and discovered UAP. Keiko is 18 months old. The vet said we could do surgery for it, and she could refer us to the best orthopedic vet in the area (about 1.5 hours away).
I've just started researching this issue, and I'm seeing different recommendations as far as surgery goes. I see some saying 18 months would be too old, and then others saying it's not. She does have some arthritis in the joint already.
The vet gave us a supplement - Glycoflex II. She also gave me some pain pills to give as needed. She hasn't yelped in pain or anything like that. Just wasn't using that leg when running. Of course, she still wants to play rough with Dax.
This girl is soooooo wonderful. I hate to see her with a lameness issue so early in life, when she's an active young dog. I was planning to do agility with her, because she jumps/climbs everything. I guess that's out now.
We start obedience class in January, and I know she'll do fabulously there. She learns so quickly. She also has the most fabulous temperament. She's just had a rough time lately, being dumped with 2 puppies a few months ago, having complications to her spay surgery (they had to go back in and cut her stem to stern), and she's reacting to the internal sutures of her spay and is on antibiotics again for that. Not to mention the UTI she had when she first got dumped. This girl is going through the ringer. And she is the sweetest, most loveable dog.
Anyway, any info you can give me on UAP would be great.