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it was a beautiful day in the renowned dog friendly city of venutra california, where me and the pups spent a good portion of our day...

good news - i got both of my dogs x rayed today (for free). gotta love neighbor hook ups.

bad news - gia still has HD (duh) but she's now at risk for fractures... the ortho actually said "whoa" when he pulled up her x rays


good news - tilden <u>does not</u> have HD, the ortho guessed he'd score ofa-good... a slight chance of fair... but either way he'd pass and "is gonna be fine"

bad news - he's got mild elbow dysplasia


surprising news!!! - the x rays also revealed a small bullet in his right side of tildens gut
its outside of the stomach or intestines, so there is no chance he swallowed it... somebody shot my boy! crazy eh?
 

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OMG - you are more calm about it than I would be! Wow - did they see an entrance wound in his skin anywhere? Was he ever sore or tender at some point (looking back) that you think that may have been when it happened?

I'm so glad he's ok...good news (mostly) on the x-rays! Congratulations!
 

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Originally Posted By: Camerafodder
surprising news!!! - the x rays also revealed a small bullet in his right side of tildens gut
its outside of the stomach or intestines, so there is no chance he swallowed it... somebody shot my boy! crazy eh?

?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? Now that is definatley unexpected news.

how could Tilden of been shot without you knowing.. That is so weird.

Glad to hear that Tilden doesn't have HD!!
 
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Is Tilden a rescue and was shot before you had him or did this happen since you've owned him? I'd accept this as part and parcel of the difficult life of a rescue, but if this had happened under my watch I'd be out on patrol and in face paint.
 

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Wow, what an x-ray surprise you got! Are you leaving it in or having it removed?
 

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ah... sorry for the confusion - i didnt think to point out that it definitely happened prior to 9 months old which is when i adopted him, and at that point there was no entry wound nor was it disclosed by his former owners, so it likely happened a very long time ago.

the vet today said one of two things happened, that they just failed to have it looked at and it healed on its own... or... because of the location, it may have been too risky to remove it. either way - i'm going to leave it. his previous bloodwork has been normal and he isnt in pain, so there is no cause for concern.

i told my little cousin about it and she asked "does that mean he used to be a real police dog?"


Originally Posted By: GSDadbut if this had happened under my watch I'd be out on patrol and in face paint.
haha, i hear ya!
 

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Dante is Grade I DJD in one elbow. Had the x-ray repeated at 3 years old and there was no change. Ortho vet said to just let him be a dog

I use Synovi G3
 

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Originally Posted By: Barb E.Dante is Grade I DJD in one elbow. Had the x-ray repeated at 3 years old and there was no change. Ortho vet said to just let him be a dog

I use Synovi G3
ya, i'm not as worried about it as i was for the hips. he said about 50% of dogs will show any signs or problems... and even then it may be managed w/o surgery. i will have another vet look at them in about a year... and in the meantime up his nupro supplements.

i believe ive googled synovi in the past, but i will look again. thank you!

between FCP, UAP and OCD - anyone know if one is worse than the other?
 

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Does Tilden have one of those or is he like Dante and has DJD?
 

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When I adopted my late Seiko many years ago she had a strange scab on her head. It was a like a straight line across the top of the head.

I didn't think much more about it until Seiko developted a breathing problem several months later. The Xrays revealed healed damage to her trachea and a bullet in her rib/abdominal area. The vet figures she had been shot twice - one bullet grazing her head and the other going into her neck and tumbling.

I was so sad to think what she must have gone through in her life - and such a sweet, mellow dog.

The scar tissue in her trachea was causing the gasping she had. Eventually the tissues were better healed and caused no more problems.

The bullet was not removed since it caused no problem and it was difficult to tell the exact location on a two dimensional xray.

Seiko was 2 when I adopted her and almost 13 when she passed.

Guess we should have named our dogs Bullet.

 

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Originally Posted By: Barb E.Does Tilden have one of those or is he like Dante and has DJD?
er, i dont remember exactly. he did a write up and my neighbor is going to bring it home along with the radiographs. for some reason i think he said its in too early of a stage to diagnose any of the 3 for sure and told me to have them x ray'd again within a year. he didnt actually call it djd. just a mild form of elbow dysplasia - both elbows.
 

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Originally Posted By: Barb E.Now my memory is serving me better. We had a Cat scan of Dante's elbow to make sure there wasn't anything else going on in there. How could I forget that bill

I hope for Tilden the same as Dante - No biggie
ah, RIGHT, i forgot that part too, lol... he said that when i go to have his x rays done again - that the ortho might opt for a MRI instead because it will give a more detailed report of whats going on in order to give an accurate dx.

thanks for the links!
 

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Ugh, not news to be expected. Glad you guys get to keep doing all the fun stuff. How's the herding going?
 

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Originally Posted By: Everett54Ugh, not news to be expected. Glad you guys get to keep doing all the fun stuff. How's the herding going?
hey new dad... glad lancer is still lending you to us


herding is on hiatus until the fall. i have one other lead for a place in malibu, but fillmore gets way too hot in the summer. all of her classes are now early morning and evening and dont work that well with my schedule anymore. she is giving a bbq tho at the end of this month and there will be herding games and an agility course set up for us... that should be very cool!
 

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Hope that Gia will be okay.

What a shocker about Tilden! You always always wonder about the life of a rescue prior them coming into you life. So many mysteries! If only they could talk .(sometimes
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Well, that's bizarre! Sure isn't slowing him down any though.


Cassidy had UAP, and we had the surgery done at a little over a year old. Our vet brought in a specialist to do the surgery and he assisted. They removed a piece of bone from the joint about the size of his thumbnail which was preventing the uniting process.

She never limped or showed any signs of pain either, we wouldn't have known there was a problem without the x-rays.
 

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Originally Posted By: Skye'sMom
Guess we should have named our dogs Bullet.
i'm going with tilden von crossfire for now
 
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