|Barked: Tue May 22, '12 4:48pm PST |
|Posh, I KNOW about HD showing up anywhere it feels like... Chaz, my brown poodle, quickly finished his championship and was set to begin his career as a desirable brown mini stud with a super tested pedigree.
Well, his OFA hip xrays were not great at all, in spite of the first FIVE generations of his pedigree all being clear...either good or excellent. He was graded borderline, but it was devastating to have to neuter him, none the less. Fortunately, he has no symptoms so is in a great pet home.
Back when I bred labs I sold a large, blocky female to an orthopaedic surgeon. At about a year old, she was slammed by a car and crushed BOTH femur heads. They did a double FHO. When I saw her about a year later I had NO IDEA she had suffered ANY injury, her gait was smooth and strong. Last I heard she was 12+ and still going strong with NO lameness at all.
I really could not believe the lack of problems with Harvey's FHO. I was convinced he would be a cripple for life! He has a LARGE, visible scar since he is hairless, but he wears it like a medal of honor!!
My vet is a bit old fashioned and didn't believe in much rehab. His feeling was that Harvey would do his own rehab, especially since I have multiple dogs to encourage him along. After about a week he was slightly bearing weight, at two weeks he was walking well and I began taking him out in the hilly areas of our fields. Worked great! I actually expected spending the entire Summer getting him walking again... within a few weeks he was out kayaking with us and being perfectly normal.
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