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Not what I expected to see...

So today I took Reagan to the vet to get X-rays for possible HD. She's always slow to get up from laying down, hesitant to jump on the bed or in the truck, and this past weekend I noticed her bunny hopping. The vet examined her and said her hip and thigh muscles seemed underdeveloped, which can indicate HD sometimes. I dropped her off for the X-rays, expecting an HD diagnosis. Instead, the vet found something else on the X-ray:

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Apparently she was injured at some point before I adopted her, and an FHO must have been performed. The vet said there's also a fracture in her pelvis, so he guesses she was hit by a car. The leg is in a weird position because there is so much scar tissue they couldn't straighten it, even with her sedated. The vet said she has almost no range of motion in that leg. He doesn't think there's anything we can do to help, but sent it to an orthopedic specialist for another opinion. Definitely not what I was expecting to see.
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Wow. That is interesting.

Is that a picture of her in your avatar? She looks like a pretty pup.
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wow, I would definitely get an Ortho's opinion. Looks like the femoral head was broken right apart. Poor girl, she must be very stoic.

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Wow. That is interesting.

Is that a picture of her in your avatar? She looks like a pretty pup.
Yes that's her in my avatar! I may be biased, but I think she's beautiful.
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wow, I would definitely get an Ortho's opinion. Looks like the femoral head was broken right apart. Poor girl, she must be very stoic.
Hopefully we'll be hearing back from the ortho early next week! I have digital copies of the X-rays as well so I may send them to some other orthopedic vets and a canine rehab facility near me. The vet is guessing the head was surgically removed, but I agree with you that it looks broken apart. She was a stray before animal control found her and I adopted her, so it's very possible that it just broke and nothing was done. I feel so bad for her. I had no idea something like this was going on this whole time.
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Wth! Poor girl, it does look broken up, I too doubt anything was ever done.
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Poor thing.

But that does not look like an FHO that was done by a professional. I wonder if it was just shattered? Who knows.

But in the end, it matters not how it happened or when. It matters that you love her and are going to make sure she has what is needed from now on!!!

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Wow, that does not look like the result of a surgical procedure to me!

What are you giving her for joint support?

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Poor thing.

But that does not look like an FHO that was done by a professional. I wonder if it was just shattered? Who knows.

But in the end, it matters not how it happened or when. It matters that you love her and are going to make sure she has what is needed from now on!!!
I agree. Since she was a stray, I wonder if she was hit by a car at some point and shattered the joint. In the x-ray you can see some small pieces around the joint that look like maybe bone fragments. I feel so bad that I've had her since May and had no idea. She walks, plays, runs, and doesn't seem to show any issues except for when she first stands up and when she jumps, which I why I thought it might be HD and decided to do X-rays. I think if I ever adopt another dog in the future, I'll do x-rays soon after adoption just to make sure everything is ok. I'm hoping the orthopedic vet will have some suggestions for how to help her!
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Wow, that does not look like the result of a surgical procedure to me!

What are you giving her for joint support?
As of right now, I have just been giving her glucosamine msm. If anyone has any suggestions for things that might help her, I would love to hear them!
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