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Musings of a Military Mutt

Health Hiatus

March 30th 2009 11:32 am
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I neglected this blog, as much as I shouldn't have.

Apollo has been very sick the past couple months, experiencing many relapses from an unknown condition. He was in significant amounts of pain and having copious amounts of medications thrown at him to try and get his relapses under control.

Apollo was diagnosed with hypertrophic osteodystrophy. It's a condition normally found in large and giant breeds of dogs, but we all know there are exceptions to every rule. No one knows what actually causes it, though they have ruled out genetics.

After several urgent vet visits, painful x-rays, sedations and everything else we finally figured it out. We also saw a specialist who must have thought I was some sort of idiot. I know Apollo has patellar luxation, I also knew it wasn't the actual problem causing all of the pain and relapses he was experiencing. He insisted. He was wrong, probably lied like the dickens trying to get me to accept $5,200 in surgery bills. No can do.

Apollo has successfully been vaccinated, neutered and microchipped. All without incident. He goes in for his heartworm test next month and after that he is done with vet visits for the next year.


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