Lola had her visit with the specialist today, I was so pleased with the Dr. He spent so much time with us. Here's how it went.....
The Dr agreed that her HD is severe.
TPO out of the question
THR very very expensive and not really recommended
FHO possibility in the future if she begins to suffer with pain and mobility
Here is the unexpected bump in the road. He examined her knee and did and x-ray and found inflammation in the left knee...the leg she favors. He didn't want to speculate too much, put her on anti inflammatory and wants to see her in 2 weeks. Could be anything from possible ACL or OCD...regardless something is going on with her knee. I will keep you posted. Prayers for Lola please
Thanks for the update and sending prayers for Lola.
Thanks for the update on Lola. Sending prayers for her.
Prayers and good thoughts for Lola.
Hoping it's not a knee injury.
Strange...but the orthodogs forum that I am a member of has quite a few dogs that have both hip dysplasia and torn ACLs. Usually the limping that is characteristic of a knee injury is misdiagnosed as being caused by the HD, so the knee injury is not caught right away and gets worse. Wondering if the dogs with HD overcompensate because of the HD and that causes a knee injury more easily. Java has ED, but that didn't really play a part in either of her torn ACLs, but with HD it does seem plausible where they both involve the hind legs.
Maybe the soreness and limping that you are seeing in Lola is being caused by a knee injury and is not an early symptom of the HD just yet. So, if the knee is repaired she could stay asymptomatic for the HD for quite a while.
You should consider joining the yahoo orthodogs group....it's a forum entirely and solely for owners of dogs with orthopedic issues. There is alot of knowledge and support there, great advice and people can help with so many of the questions you probably have. Many dogs there have had these HD procedures and tons (the majority) are dealing with ACL issues and the procedures to repair them .
Fingers are crossed for you.
Prayers on their way
Sending good thoughts for Lola
Melissa, Remy & Brooklyn
I def agree with all that you said..I wonder if the knee is causing her limping and lameness in that left leg and all along I just assumed it was the HD. I never can really remember a time specifically that she injured that leg..but you know how they play, it could have been at any given time. I hate to even let them move now for fear they will get hurt.
The vet thinks that the knee may be her bigger problem right now and that it may be causing her limping on occasion. He knows her hips are bad, but thinks the knee may be what is giving her more trouble as of right now.
Lola sends a great big thank you along with a bunch of really sloppy kisses for all your good thoughts and prayers