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Really need some input - seeing a specialist Monday

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Sophie

I'm 2 years old!
 
 
Barked: Fri Apr 18, '08 7:54am PST 
I posted the other day but only got one response so needless to say my mind is not at ease. I guess not too many of you have experienced this problem my Soph has. Sophie has a growth plate in her front right paw that has closed early, causing her paw to turn out to the side. Right now it is not painful and she gets around fine, but since she is only a year old she's not done growing and further growth can push her paw out more to the side, causing her pain and possibly other problems down the road. I really don't know what to do - my vet suggested seeing a specialist in Columbus OH (MedVet) and I have an appointment Monday. My question is - do you think they will suggest surgery no matter what or do you think I'll get a totally honest opinion? Should we let it go since it's ok now or address it now so she doesn't have future problems? I really don't know what's best right now. ANY input would be much appreciated!!!!
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Mrs. Trudy

No Snoop Left- Behind
 
 
Barked: Fri Apr 18, '08 8:01am PST 
Sophie, I don't have any kind of experience with this type of thing, but I just wanted to offer my thoughts. I would hope that the specialist would offer all options to you. If surgery were the best option, they should tell you that. I would ask if it only gets worse, is surgery our only option and what are the chances for a successful surgery.

Best of luck to you....if you aren't comfy with just one specialists opinion, perhaps your regular vet can refer you to another just so that you have a second opinion?
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Arko

ah..finally a- good life...
 
 
Barked: Fri Apr 18, '08 8:23am PST 
I live in Columbus and have only heard awesome things about MedVet...they give you all the options and talk to you about everything!!!

i'd totally go there smile

btw...play date!!!!! we go to goodale almost every weekend
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Donovan'sMajesticJet of Solace

Street sweeper!
 
 
Barked: Fri Apr 18, '08 8:46am PST 
Its always best to address a problem right away. i dont know anything about this either. You may be lucky and perhaps this could be corrected by the use of some sort of prosthetic. Let us know what the vet says!
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Sophie

I'm 2 years old!
 
 
Barked: Fri Apr 18, '08 10:08am PST 
THanks for the input - more would be appreciated anytime! I think we are leaning towards surgery as a final option. If she needs it to have a better, more comfortable life then I think we will opt for it. Hopefully she won't need it and can live comfortablly as is. Arko, we'll be in town Monday at 2 - if we have to go back we should play!
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Tango

just a goofy boy
 
 
Barked: Fri Apr 18, '08 6:32pm PST 
I would really hope you would get an honest opinion.

Tango saw a specialist when he had a problem with a dislocating elbow. After a careful exam and X rays , the vet was not convinced he would require surgery and recommended trying a longer course of rest and anti-inflammatory meds while we decided. That was over 2 years ago and Tango has not needed surgery or had problems with that elbow again. If he does, I know who I will call for an exam.

Of course not all vets are created equal but if you feel you are being pushed into something you can always seek a second opinion. Good luck!
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Cracker

Dog About- Rosedale

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Barked: Fri Apr 18, '08 6:43pm PST 
I believe most vets want what is best for your pet but just like with your human doctor you need to be prepared. Do some research online if you can and prepare a list of questions/concerns you may have. Pros and cons, recovery times, future issues, financial concerns including financing possibilities, options for second opinions.
Any good vet will be happy to spend the time to answer your questions and hopefully allay your fears. Go prepared as I always found the client got home and then remembered something they forgot to ask and by then the vet was in with someone else. You have a right to know everything that may affect the outcome, comfort and lifespan of your pet. Be pro active.

And...good luck!!
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Chipper

That's MR.- Momma's Boy to- you!
 
 
Barked: Fri Apr 18, '08 6:48pm PST 
Sophie, I know it is hard when your dog is having a medical issue, but just go in with an open mind and bring a list of quesitons or different scenarios. If we do nothing...what happens? If we do surgery, what happens? Ask the vet about his/her experience with this issue. How many times have they seen it? What was the course of action for those dogs? What happened to the dogs he/she treated? Did they live a long, happy, healthy 4-legged life or did their quality of life suffer? If surgery is best, what are the hazards of doing surgery on a Newfie? Are there any special considerations of operating on a Newfie (like there is with a bulldog)? Will a diet change or supplements help?

Bring a notebook with you to your appointment and feel free to ask questions and take notes. Also, don't feel guilty about asking a vet to repeat themselves or to explain more. I ask my vet all the time "So...what does that mean in layman's terms?" Bring your notes back to your vet and see what they say. If you are still hesitant on the advice, go see another vet.

Good luck on Monday! hughughug
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Arko

ah..finally a- good life...
 
 
Barked: Fri Apr 18, '08 8:35pm PST 
well...for your sake, i hope you dont come back!!!

but a play date would ROCK!

goooood luck!!!! i'm sending you happy lucky vibes from the 5 of us!!!
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Nate

he's our angel- :)
 
 
Barked: Sat Apr 19, '08 6:35am PST 
we don't have any experience in this but lots of good thoughts & puppy kisses coming your way!!hugwisheshug i guess the important thing is to get as much info from the specialist re: outcomes, worse case sinerio, recommendations, treatment options...& then do what you're most comfortable with. maybe make a list of all the question you have so you don't forget while you're there....goodluck!!wisheshug
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