The bones in the elbow are not united to start with, but then they say by five months, if they remain ununited it is one of the types of ED, UAP.
I have a girl who was diagnosed very young, after they let her tie herself up and then fall off or jump onto a bed, and she ended up doing damage to the elbow. They took her in, and the x-ray showed this.
I took the x-ray to my vet, and her opinion was to not be hasty about surgery and see what happens. I took the dog home and let her heal -- the dog's elbow was still swollen and injured. I just let her heal. She did heal. The dog will be four in March, and hasn't limped or had any problems with that elbow. So, now, I should probably get a new x-ray and see what is what with her. Did it repair itself?
We all know that dogs mature at different rates, often small breeds are fully grown by a year old, where a shepherd takes 15 to 24 months to finish growing. Maybe longer. Might that process take longer in larger breeds?
I really don't know.
This is a dog that runs and jumps and does everything, is pretty crazy really, and shows no sign of distress, now.
I would want to ensure that this problem is caused by ED/UAP and not pano which can happen concurrently with other problems.
In the end, you need to decide with your vet/specialist what the best course of action is for this dog. It is certainly possible that surgery is the best bet for your pet. I would read as much about the condition as possible and then make the specialist sell you the surgery. Have him tell you what the choices are, why it should be done at this point, what the long term prognosis is, etc.
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