I have a 8 month old puppy named Zeus....When he was about 3 months old he started to limp, after crating for weeks on end to limit activity and then steroids for 2 weeks from the vet he was still limping. I took Zeus into another vet who rayed him and found that he had an Ununited anconeal process that was going to require surgery. At about 5 months old Zeus went to the specialist for more x- rays and surgery consult. The specialist found that he did indeed have the Ununited anconeal process but was also concerned that he may have skeletal dysplasia. Basically his bones are not growing properly...he will stay small forever. My question is do any of you know anything about skeletal dysplasia and do you know how big he might grow? I can't seem to find any information on the internet on this. Thanks in advance for you help.
Oh I almost forgot he had the surgery, recovered really well but has arthritis in his elbow and still limps. My poor baby!!!!!
I don't have an answer for you - just wanted to say how sorry I am that your dog has such a significant problem.
((could you use a different color for your posts - that yellow really hurts my eyes to read))
Here are some things to read:
http://www.citeulike.org/user/sjakov/article/2633848 This last one might be helpful if you could somehow track down the whole article. Just one thing to consider, have your dog's eyes checked...to see if it's related to this condition...
http://www.vmdb.org/dx.html This is interesting because they are saying that in Labs there could be a connection between retinal folds in the eyes and pups being born with skeletal problems. Just curious, was your pups mom CERF'd?
Yes both Mom and Dad are ofa Certified, they had all their test done and evrything was good. Both Mom and Dad are champion show dog and AKC certified. The Vet did tell us to keep an eye on his eyes because he can go blind from the skeletal dysplasia. Thanks for the reading material.
I wanted to let you all know that even though Zeus has serious skeletal problems and has had surgery on his elbows he is still a VERY happy boy! He is extremely lovable and is incredibly smart! Zeus plays with his brother Diesel just as if nothing was wrong at all. He lives a very happy and normal day to day life. I enjoy my boys VERY VERY much and would be lost with out them, they are my world! Just like having 2 more children in my family, LOL!!!!! We are hoping to add one more lab to our family at some point!
CYNLABS didn't ask if they were OFA'd... she asked if they were CERF'd (the eye exam we are supposed to do annually) as puppies. Most of us in my area anyhow, try to CERF our whole litters before they leave at 8 wks. The presence of Retinal folds is indicative of carrier or Affected status of retinal dysplasia. Sometimes the folds disappear by 6 mos or so but in that case, the dog is still a Carrier. You don't want to breed a carrier to a carrier, or you'll produce affecteds. Some RD affecteds have skeletal deformities, some are born w/ detached retinas (have a friend who rescued one born blind). There is now a RD gene blood test available thru Optigen, btw... www.optigen.com if you are concerned about RD.Originally Posted by gizmoegirl
WindyCanyon Girls, August 2014
The liter was not tested however both the mom and dad are tested and are certified. They had that optigen testing done before breeding them.
So the parents both tested clear for the RD test? Somehow, I doubt it... the test just came out not long ago... maybe July? I think you have it confused with the PRA test. The company is Optigen, and they have several gene tests available.Originally Posted by gizmoegirl
The parents would have needed to be CERF'd prior to ~4 mos old and be found free of retinal folds if not tested w/ the new RD test the way I understand it, anyhow. Since retinal folds can be due to things other than RD, the new gene test is to help sort that all out should you find them in your puppy CERFs.
PS, if he were mine, and my vet indicated that the skeletal dysplasia was linked to RD, I'd be having him gene tested..... for the benefit of your breeders if nothing else. Sorry you are going thru this, btw. Anne
WindyCanyon Girls, August 2014