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post #1 of 40 (permalink) Old 02-10-2011, 11:58 AM Thread Starter
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Rare Bone disorder

We finally found out that Maddie has a rare bone disorder. I have been trying to look up on the internet to see if there is a name for it. We took her to one of the top elbow specialist here in the portland area and he said in his whole carrier he has only seen two other dogs with her problem.
The Bone on the left called the Radius is not attached at all to the Humerus it is on the out side of it. he said as pups developed their bones They fuse together and attach to the Humerus at about age 4 to 6 weeks. And that it is a genetic disorder .
I was wondering if anyone knows of any other dogs with this same problem? He said the two he treated have lost contact with him so he really doe not know what the out come is. He talked a lot about pain management with pills. And even amputation Gulp
I have included a picture of the three bones it is the one on the left . Maddies is growing on the outside of the Humerus. I asked him what if it grows more and he said by 7mo she has stoped growing he said unless havanese are different than other small breeds .Please let me know if he is wrong about that.
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Suzy, I am so sorry to hear about little Mattie. Hugs

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I'm so sad to hear this. I would definitely try to get more information about it. The vet didn't give you a name for the disorder?

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Thanks Robie, I really don't know what to do she loves running. We are thinking to let her run but only on a soft flat surface.

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I'm so sad to hear this. I would definitely try to get more information about it. The vet didn't give you a name for the disorder?
No he didn't. The only thing I can find on the internet is Elbow Displacia And their is three differant things that can go wrong, but their is nothing I can find about her condition .

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Oh I feel just horrible. She is such a sweet little thing.

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No he didn't. The only thing I can find on the internet is Elbow Displacia And their is three differant things that can go wrong, but their is nothing I can find about her condition .
One of my parent's labs had elbow dysplasia. I think it is typically a large breed condition. Their dog was treated with arthroscopic surgery (not a major surgery at all) and did really well for many years. Hopefully, this is all it is. It is so hard to think about our babies having to live with a painful condition.

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Suzi, I'm so sorry to hear about this condition. I know how much Maddie loves to run and jump! Did you ask him if there is any type of surgical procedure that could at least help? It would help to research more if he had given you a name for it. I think I would call back to the office and ask. Surely, there has to be a name for it. I know when I am shocked by something I sometimes don't always hear everything they say after that! Please keep us informed. I will be praying for you and little Maddie.

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One of my parent's labs had elbow dysplasia. I think it is typically a large breed condition. Their dog was treated with arthroscopic surgery (not a major surgery at all) and did really well for many years. Hopefully, this is all it is. It is so hard to think about our babies having to live with a painful condition.

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He didn't think surgery would help her. With the exception of latter in life fusing the elbow or amputation for pain management. She is already compensating and favoring her left leg because it has more muscle. The left elbow is not very good either.

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Well here's a thing, our eldest son use to get pains in his legs when he was a child, anyway the doctor took xrays and he to had missing bones on one side of each knee, there wasn't much to be done about them other than to keep an eye on how he grew. Well he grew big and strong and was/is a good athlete and has had no problems.We were told sport was good as it strengthened the muscles on each side of his knees therefore keeping the knee caps in place.

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