|09-08-2013 09:54 AM|
|jafo220||Thanks Nigel. It's just calming to finally have a direction to go and it is totally treatable and is somewhat common. So it seems non life altering or Maybe the best thing out of this getting him his pain relief and his change in attitude for the better. He actually laid in the front room while we watched TV and worked on his bones for over an hour without one mouthing or acting crazy. We also had a tommy knocker and he went full guard dog. Even a half hour later he was still in guard dog mode. To me, it's the behavior I was wanting out of him.|
|09-08-2013 02:38 AM|
|Nigel||Hopefully the blood work will help determine whats up. Nice to hear hips and elbows are good.|
|09-08-2013 01:06 AM|
Well it's been three weeks since his initial injury and has gotten better, but when playing ball or worse with the flirtpole, he still has some problems. So to the vet we went this morning. I wanted his hips x-rayed anyways to see how that preventative surgery or if it's doing any good.
Took him in, they did the x-rays and got a call from the vet wanting to do blood work on him to see if there could be some kind of infection going on somewhere. It seems he has a condition where the bloodvessels are being attacked around his joints in in the bone areas. The vet had a name for it...hidra or hydra something. It's a long name. But she thinks this is where his discomfort or pain is comming from aka needing the blood work to find out more. She said it's somewhat common in 7 to 8 month old pups and lasts sometimes for about a month or so. It's also acompanied by fevers sometimes and appitite loss too of which he has had recently. So we're going to have to wait til later this week to confirm if any further treatment is necessary. She told us that an infection is thought to bring this condition on so we'll see I guess. She said he could be treated with either steroids or anitbiotics depending. It's just nice to get some clarity now.
As far as the hips go. He has great hips! She said for large breed dog his hips are in great shape with no issues. She showed us an example of bad hips and then Cruz'z. She told us that one hip ball is covered by 50% of the pocket and the other hip is almost 50% covered which she said is great. So this puts my mind at ease with his hips. Cruz is 8 months old and weighs in right at 80 lbs. Elbows also look great. She x-rayed all the major joints and all looked great.
Sooo, just an update. If anyone knows the full name of the condition, let me know. I'd like to do some research on it. If not I'm going to ask her to write it down for me on the next visit this week and I'll be posting his hip pics too. We got him some rymadil (pain reliever) for him also and since taking it he's been a whole different dog. I've used this on my last GSD for his arthritis and it worked good then too. But I think Cruz's attitude problem has been because of the pain and not feeling well. He did great tonight with us. Was a pleasant evening with the dog.
|08-19-2013 01:31 PM|
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I stand corrected. My vet called my wife this morning and reinforced what you've said. I'll give it a few days and see how he reacts.
I've been reluctant to give him any pain killers as he is somewhat ready to play at the drop of a hat. What pain he feels is kind of keeping him calmed down right now. I think he realises he needs to take it easy for now.
He will still pull on the leash at times, so the pain he's feeling can't be all that bad. Or he has a high threshold for pain.
|08-19-2013 08:28 AM|
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A half hour before the belly slide he did, he was messing around near me as I was washing a bucket out and I heard a pop and yelp, but again he seemed fine afterwards. No limp or anything. He was messing around near the end of a 4" downspout extention. He might have hit it with his leg or something or he could have been snapping his jaws as he loves to kill bugs too, who knows. But strange things happen. All he wanted after that was to run and play as usual. Then came the belly slide. So I'll probably run him in for the x-rays anyways.
He was moving alittle slow this morning. But he is getting up and down stairs much better. He'll have all day to rest and we'll see how he's doing tonight.
|08-19-2013 12:40 AM|
|huntergreen||puppies are not fragile porcelain dolls. use common sense and all will be well. i would wait a bit before i ran to my reg vet.|
|08-18-2013 11:26 PM|
Well, decided to go to the e-vet tonight. 3 hrs later, the vet checked out his hip movement and knee movement and all seemed in good shape. Being Cruz had a thermometer stuck up his butt, he was'nt in to good a mood when the vet finally arrived to the room. We had trouble holding him in place on the floor for the exam, the vet decided to put him on the table on his side with me holding him down. Strike two. He does'nt like to be held down. So with the puppy crying going on, he could'nt tell if maybe he had a hairline fracture in that leg or not. We decided to just go back home and take him to our vet tomorrow night to have him x-rayed. He seems to be getting around pretty well now. I'm trying to keep him somewhat stationary. So tomorrow, we'll go to our vet and having his hips and that leg looked at.
It's hard to say exactly what he did to it because it was on the opposite side of his body where I couldn't see exactly what happened. But the e-vet kind of gave me alittle peace of mind with what he told me.
|08-18-2013 08:18 PM|
|Nigel||No advice, just sympathy. Tuke seems to be prone to injuring her right front middle two toes, Sucks to see them hurt. Hers turned out to be sprained, but it has recurred 2 times since.|
|08-18-2013 08:14 PM|
|doggiedad||go to the Vet. why wait?|
|08-18-2013 08:03 PM|
Well we got him out to eat just alittle bit ago. He's looking better but still favoring that leg quite abit. He almost drags it just alittle. He is also getting up and down stairs gingerly. Going up is harder for him than going down. But he ate well, and he's puting more weight on it now. I told my wife we're going in soon to get an x-ray on his hips. I want to know where we stand.
But for now, it's either a muscle strain or joint hyperextension. I hate this. He's been doing so well and showed no problems.
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