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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Baby Jenna and Hip Dysplasia

My female mixed breed pound dog has been limping on and off since we got her 2+ years ago. I never had her treated as she seems to heal herself in time. The latest episode seemed to linger, so off to the vet for a look/see. He decided, from a quick physical exam that she had hip dysplasia. This is more often seen in males of specific breeds (Jenna on the other hand is a kind of shepard/boxer/chow/heinz 57 type). This seemed odd. So, after reading up on dysplasia, we decided on an xray to confirm. WELL, she's got just about the most beautiful hips sockets you've ever seen on film. ZERO displasia. New diasnosis, torn or ruptured ACL (basically her knee). Suggested course of action: EXPLORATORY surgery at $1400++. Upon researching this type of injury, we have decided to treat holistically, with restricted exercise and lots of good food and joint builders. I'll keep you posted. My last dog blew out her ACL running also, and the after surgery rehab was really tough. This is an I LOVE THE INTERNET story, as in both diagnosis, research gave me directions to go that wern't mentioned at the vet's office . . . . . By the way, the new Ca. tax proposal to tax veternarian services was not passed. Whew.

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