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    Hello ladies and gentlemen. I am very new to the forum, and just got a lab about 3 weeks ago. Duke is an 18 MO chocolate. I just had a 110lb Chessie die. He had swallowed a rope. After two surgeries to remove it and then go back and fix some intestinal adhesions he didnt make it. It was very emotional for me because he was a faithful friend. Duke is my first labrador to own. He is so eager to please and learns things very very quickly. I think the previous owner might have knocked around on him a little bit because if I raise my voice he is afraid Im going to hit him. So I habe started making quick motions when I do get aggravated, and intentionally acting as though Im coming at him quickly, but when I get to him gently handling him to the position I want and loving on him. He is really really relaxing, and his cowaring and fear is quickly going away so now he realizes that though I get very upset about something Im not going to hit him. He is much less defiant than my Chesapeake was, and doesnt smell like butt either. Chessies are STRONG smelling!!
    The situation is that he seems to have a weak wrist. I have watched him to see if it will straighten up, but he limps after working a little while. So Im taking it easy on him until our vet visit. My question is, has anyone here had experience with a younger dog with arthritis? I ordered him a carpo-flex X this week to brace and hopefully strengthen the leg, and Im sure his vet will give information. This has become more apparent since Ive noticed that its not just going away. Any advice would be appreciated.
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    I think I read somewhere that weak joints are caused by bad diet lots of times,don't know what he was eating before you got him or what you're feeding him but thats a thought.

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    Other than to keep working w/your vet, I can't offer any real advice. But just wanted to congratulate you on rescuing. Duke sounds terrific and I'm sure it will be amazing to watch him come out of his shell.

    Condolences, too, on the loss of your Chessie....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Take Em View Post
    He is much less defiant than my Chesapeake was, and doesnt smell like butt either. Chessies are STRONG smelling!!
    OMG this is soo true! Our friend has one and he stinks so bad all the time! Even after a bath lol!
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    Thanks for the condolences! Rimfire was my buddy for sure! Though he was an INCREDIBLE dog, I think he taught me more than I taught him.

    As far as diet, I dont even know the guy that my friend got Duke from. He traded a gun to the guy because when.I told him that Rimfire died he started looking for me another dog. I always feed Blue Buffalo natural fish because 1. Its considered a 4 star food (Dog Food Analysis - Reviews of kibble) and as I understand it the fish oil is good for the retrievers joints. His stomach was a little tore up the first couple of days, but it quickly straightened out. Thanks for that advice. This could be a journey, but we are taking close care of 2012-05-18_15-24-24_510.jpgthat joint. Ive had friend's dogs with wounds that wouldnt heal. One from a snake bite and after antibiotics and medications and treatments for a year no healing. One week on Blue Buffalo and the wound was healed and his ears stopped draining. Im a believer, but what works for one may not work for another.
    He is progressing so awesome in his obedience training!! I will try to upload a photo. Doing this from phone.

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    No advice, but welcome to you and Duke. My chocolate is also named Duke

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bookwormbiker View Post
    No advice, but welcome to you and Duke. My chocolate is also named Duke
    Thanks for the welcome! There is a lot of great information here! Duke is my first Lab, he is great. I got the Carpo Flex X in today. He wasnt sure what to think of it, but I think its going to give support. We are going to the vet next week.

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    I don't have any advice either but wanted to say welcome, congrats on your new buddy and I am so sorry for your loss. It sucks to lose a friend and I am so glad you opened your heart to a Lab. I have a feeling you will be hooked in no time!
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    It has been a few days since I posted to this thread. I thought I would share the information about Duke's wrist.
    The joint will move completely in and out of socket freely, and you can bend his paw back double like with his foot pad laid on his forearm and he shows no discomfort nor pain. The vet said it was the first time in his practice that he has seen anything like it. He took x-rays of the leg and there are no new or old injuries, no evidence of old brakes... nothing. The xray of his left leg look identical to his right. We may be meeting with a bone specialist at the University here due to the uniqueness of the condition.
    He told me that we could have an expensive surgery done to fuse the wrist straight but this would present several probable problems. 1. Activity would bring risk of braking something because it would eliminate the cushion provided by the wrist. 2. Since he shows no pain other than favoring that side after work, such a surgery could cause chronic pain in the area for the rest of his life.
    I have a Carpo-Flex X brace on it which is one step down from an orthosis that makes the wrist stationary. This really provides a lot of support. He looks at me funny at first, but has now gotten use to wearing it and seems to understand that it really helps him out a lot. The Dr. just recommended to continue to use this device when he is playing and working.
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