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I am a very sad mama today! I took my Havanese pup who is 10 1/2 months to the vet today to get an X-ray of his front leg. Awhile ago he had injured it and limped a little bit, but not too long after he appeared fine and not in pain so I didn't think much of it. He still acts as if there is no pain except for when he has been playing/running extensively.
Anyways, I took him to my vet and he concluded that he had Premature Closure of the Distal Ulnar Growth Plate. Basically, his growth plate was injured and his ulna bone stopped growing. His radius however, continued, which created a bowing of his leg and caused his paw to be turned 90 degrees outward.
My vet recommended a joint supplement and to see an orthopedic surgeon. He said the specialist would have a better idea of the severity of the injury as well as the different measures to take to fix the injury. He said there was conservative measures (medication) and radical measures (surgery). I started him on a joint supplement and am planning on making an appt with a specialist this week.
Does anyone have any advice or experience with anything of this sort??
Preventative measures, costs, anything?!? Arthritis? Ambulation? I feel like I have had the world dropped on my head :-( Thank you all for reading!!
Shelby & Oliver the Havanese
(1) You can see his right leg is the one that is turned out. :-(
(2) Oliver just being nosy :-)
(3) Oliver and his best friend, Bella, the black lab mix
(4) He gets so tired from playing video games all day! ;-)
(5) They both needed a snooze!