Thank you all So much for your stories, and happy endings. I spoke to her vet this morning and let her know that the Previcox and tramadol seem to be helping, because she actually came to greet me at the door when I went home to have lunch with her!! She said the exact same thing, about their build and couldn't guarantee the outcome when surgery was appropriate. @sheshistory : Frankie just turned a year on June 28th, I have not taken her to a specialist yet, if these medications wouldn't help and she developed other or worsening symptoms then they will refer her to an ortho. I will go home today at lunch and see how she is, I am holding onto faith and hope right now. I have gained additional positive outlook from all your kind stories and happy endings I really appreciate it and will let Frankie know how much prayers & kisses she has been sent
Karen & Frankie
Seriously! In order to properly diagnose and recommend a course of treatment for hip dysplasia, you cannot rely on your regular vet. An orthopedic specialist will be able to not only manipulate the hip to give you more information but also take a series of x-rays (read by a specialist) to determine the extent of the problem and best course of treatment.
The other thing is, not to be a downer, but it's not realistic to have a one year old on Tramadol for an extended length of time. It's an opiate meant to relieve severe pain (Truman was on the same thing in the days following his diagnosis) but it's not a long-term solution. And unfortunately, if the hip dyplasia is severe, glucosamine isn't a "magic bullet" either.
The good news is that your bully is young so figuring out how bad things are now and the best course of treatment is essential because arthritis has yet to set in - and once that happens, there is no turning back the clock on that - so even though things seem sort of ominous, I am sure there are many options available but I would strongly, strongly, recommend discussing those with a orthopedic specialist.
"I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive."
Bentley (5.24.04 - 6.26.10) & Linus (1.10.06 - 7.31.13)
Karen & Frankie
I agree with Jill... Get to an ortho, that seems more than hip dysphasia. Our girl, Banks was also diagnosed with HD at 8 months and we were told she would never walk correctly. well, 8 yrs later she is a running nutcase keeping up with a 2 yr old Frenchmen. however, she also has back/spine issues that we keep under control with meds and laser therapy. there are options... And we are all here to support, send prayers and positive thoughts to help you through.
p to all
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Nitschke (2004-2011) and Banks (2005-2014) -- My angels
Thank you for all the love, fun and teachings
I totally agree with the recommendations to get her to an ortho ASAP. But also had a thought when watching the second video. It has some aspect that reminds me of scooting because of possible anal, tail pocket, or vulva "itch". Did her vet check anything like that at all?
Have you been able to speak with her breeder? Whenever duchess had an issue such her as eyelashes that she is going in for cryosurgery tomorrow - the breeder response has been " that's unfortunate I have never had any issue"! I seriously want to punch her. I never asked for anything or wanted anything- simply wanted her to stop breeding dogs with hereditary issue!
Hi, you got excellent advice from members above, and I'm sorry I don't have any experience with this, but sending lots of love, hugs and prayers that Frankie Mae gets the pain control she needs, and you are able to find a treatment or surgery that would be best for her. I would definitely get a second opinion from an orthopaedic surgeon, to get other options. Please keep us posted. Take care Hun.
LEARN A LESSON FROM YOUR DOG, NO MATTER WHAT LIFE BRINGS YOU, KICK SOME GRASS OVER THAT AND MOVE ON.
Yes they check her anal glands, not her vulva or tail pocket. I will check her tail pocket, I clean it daily to get all the hair out. As for her breeder he contacted me back and No, her parents don't have anything like this and he has never had anything like this happen either... In the multiple messages that I left I clearly expressed myself that I just would like information on her parents, grandparents etc.. I was not willing to "swap" my baby. I just would have like to make him aware and exactly STOP breeding her parents because it does run in her genetics. His reply when he finally replied was : im sorry to hear that, but since you don't want to send her back, I will give you 1/2 off another puppy". Are you serious?! I was like "wow". SHe didn't do it at all last night and just kinda sat funny like not wanting to put pressure on her rear.. SO I will go home at lunch and check her tail pocket. I really APPRECIATE all of the feedback, information and stories that there is hope for her because when I left the vet yesterday after her vet told me "shes either gonna have a short road, or a very long hard road" I was devastated...
Karen & Frankie
Well...this just SUCKS...hoping you have yet to get a correct dx and that it
will be a better one and fixable. As for the breeder, when you get a dx, I'd
ask for him/her to pay for it...or at least half. All they can do is say No.
Keeping y'all in prayers, GOD be with you, today & everyday.
My 1st bully, Brutus
RIP beloved boy.