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Emma's leg has been bothering her. We have mostly been resting her in hopes of recovery. She had her yearly check up last weekend which we had x-rays done. Nothing showed up and side note, her hips looked great! :) She is just over 2 years old.

Vet said take it easy this week but if she is still showing signs of lipping that we should send the x-rays out for a specialist opinion. We go to a general vet. Emma is still limping here and there, especially after laying down for a bit.

Instead of sending the x-rays out, I am going to get a copy and take them to a specialist for an in person consult. Our vet recommended Blue Pearl here in NYC. I am curious if anyone here has experience with Blue Pearl anywhere or recommendations for soft tissue (which I think it is) doctors to go see. I am willing to travel within NY, NJ, CT.

Any help on both vets and/or going through this process is greatly appreciated!! We just want the best for Emma :)
 

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Have you considered taking her to a university that has a veterinary teaching hospital.
 

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Thanks for the replies!

Have you considered taking her to a university that has a veterinary teaching hospital.
I have not thought about this, and it's a great idea. Cornell has one upstate, but they only take appointments on Monday and Wednesday morning... I need something I can get a Sat. appointment due to work. I also found the Animal Medical center - About The AMC | Animal Medical Center - this is a teaching hospital. The reviews seem pretty good. Have you had experience in taking animals to teaching hospitals?

Have you considered taking her to an acupuncturist?
No, but I have heard positive things about this though. Can acupuncture heal, or is it more pain management? Sorry, now knowledgeable. :( Have you ever used acupuncture on your dogs?

Which leg?
It is her left hind leg. I will post pictures of her x-rays on Thursday or Friday once I get them from our vet.
 

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hind leg limping? Take her to an ortho and check her ACL. If you are willing to take her to Ithaca to Cornell then check out Colonial Animal Hospital. They are excellent. Dr. Ross did Jax's ACL.
 

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soft tissue won't show up on an xray. Your best bet is to get a copy and see a specialist. I've known more than one person who's vet said one thing, take the same xrays to a specialist and they pick up on something the vet may not have realized.

I have used Cheshire Vet Hospital, in Cheshire CT, don't know about saturday appts, but they have good ortho surgeons.

Good luck hope she's better soon
 

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hind leg limping? Take her to an ortho and check her ACL. If you are willing to take her to Ithaca to Cornell then check out Colonial Animal Hospital. They are excellent. Dr. Ross did Jax's ACL.
Thank you for mentioning you have used Colonial Animal Hospital. I saw them when I was looking at Cornell and liked the look of them more. How did you find your way to Dr. Ross?

I know NYC has great doctors and care, but it is just a fast paced place that I want to get outside the city for a consultation. Colonial may be a great bet! If i head out there I may PM you a couple of questions if that's ok?!

soft tissue won't show up on an xray. Your best bet is to get a copy and see a specialist. I've known more than one person who's vet said one thing, take the same xrays to a specialist and they pick up on something the vet may not have realized.

I have used Cheshire Vet Hospital, in Cheshire CT, don't know about saturday appts, but they have good ortho surgeons.

Good luck hope she's better soon
That's what I have heard. We weren't sure what it was to start and thought x-rays would be a good start. It made a lot of sense too because I have been wanting to get her hips done. At least we know know here hips are solid. :)

I agree with taking them and going to see an ortho. I am going to check out Cheshire Vet now.

Thanks for the best wishes!
 

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Thank you for mentioning you have used Colonial Animal Hospital. I saw them when I was looking at Cornell and liked the look of them more. How did you find your way to Dr. Ross?
Dr. Ross is highly recommended by a lot of the sport people around here. My trainer recommended him when Jax was hurt. All the people there are great. Professional, smart, good with the animals. I was very at ease leaving her there for her surgery. Not sure if you can get an appt with him on a Saturday though.
 

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Where exactly did they x-ray? Spine and hip? did they include the knee? My general vet x-ray'd Molly hip and spine when she started to limp and told me the exact same advice as your vet did. Yes great hips! but limping persisted and if she'd x-ray the knee she might have noticed some damage from a ligament tear. Our experience with the ortho vet was that he was able to palpate her knee and notice fluid on it right away, then compared to the good knee, and was able to see she had a torn ligament.

IMO, skip the 2nd x-ray opinion and see an ortho vet.
 

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Where exactly did they x-ray? Spine and hip? did they include the knee? My general vet x-ray'd Molly hip and spine when she started to limp and told me the exact same advice as your vet did. Yes great hips! but limping persisted and if she'd x-ray the knee she might have noticed some damage from a ligament tear. Our experience with the ortho vet was that he was able to palpate her knee and notice fluid on it right away, then compared to the good knee, and was able to see she had a torn ligament.

IMO, skip the 2nd x-ray opinion and see an ortho vet.
Our vet did due the knee. Since Emma had anesthetic used they took tons of x-rays. Even her foot. Out vet admitted she is not a specialist and heavily relies on compares one leg to the other for diagnosis.

I'm hoping a trip to the ortho with get things figured out. The worst part is not knowing....


Dr. Ross is highly recommended by a lot of the sport people around here. My trainer recommended him when Jax was hurt. All the people there are great. Professional, smart, good with the animals. I was very at ease leaving her there for her surgery. Not sure if you can get an appt with him on a Saturday though.
Looked up their site! Going to call tomorrow to see if I can get in. There are a couple Dr. Ross's... Haha - Looks like they started the hospital. Do you by chance know which one you saw?

Even if we can't see that specific Dr. Ross, I would have to assume the others are great too??
 

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Dr. Thomas Ross. The other one is his father. I really liked the place and him. It took a long time to definitively diagnose Jax because he wasn't sure is it was her hip or ACL. High suspicion that it was ACL but he wasn't positive until it tore more. I liked that he didn't just jump into surgery. His ACL repair is different than anyone else's. Only a couple people in the country do it with his technique.

And just an fyi...he's not inexpensive. And he will most likely take his own xrays. He may look at the ones from your vet but he will want his own.
 

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Dr. Thomas Ross. The other one is his father. I really liked the place and him. It took a long time to definitively diagnose Jax because he wasn't sure is it was her hip or ACL. High suspicion that it was ACL but he wasn't positive until it tore more. I liked that he didn't just jump into surgery. His ACL repair is different than anyone else's. Only a couple people in the country do it with his technique.

And just an fyi...he's not inexpensive. And he will most likely take his own xrays. He may look at the ones from your vet but he will want his own.
I figured this isn't going to be cheap... Did it take multiple visits to diagnose? If so, how long and or how many visits? Going to call them this afternoon to see about scheduling an appointment.

I take it Jax is doing well?!? :)
 

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Jax had a microtear. Nothing showed up on the xrays (inflammation and bone displacement) that you would see on a worse tear. I don't remember how many times we were up there. We first did conservative management for it to heal. She was ok for a while and then it tore again, this time enough for him to definitively know that it was her knee and not HD in her hip. I wasted a lot of money at my regular vets office in xrays and time. I strongly advise going straight to an ortho.

She's doing very well. Had the ACL surgery last August and is back in training about 1.5 months ago. She's gained most, if not all, of her muscle mass back
 
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