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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


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(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!
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Sorry for the sad news. Hopefully you'll get this fixed. Surgery is always scary but with todays specialists ,quite successful ... The biggest pain will probably be your pocket book. Hey, it's only money. LOL. What a doll. Don't worry, he'll come out fine. Hugs Dave and Molly.

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Sorry for the sad news. Hopefully you'll get this fixed. Surgery is always scary but with todays specialists ,quite successful ... The biggest pain will probably be your pocket book. Hey, it's only money. LOL. What a doll. Don't worry, he'll come out fine. Hugs Dave and Molly.
I can vouch for the effectiveness of surgery. Yes; it's scary. But each of my two Australian Terriers had surgery to repair ruptured cranial cruciate ligaments - it was a LOT of nursing. One at a time; one one year; the other, the next.

Neither dog had ANY trouble with their knees after that!

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No advice, but I hope everything turns out great, and your dogs sure are cute!

Beth, Pixie Puff and MiG too
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Sorry to hear he has to have surgery...no experience with that. The pic of him with the controller and your comment is hilarious..thanks for sharing. Keep us posted on his progress.
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My Shelby just had surgery to repair a cruciate ligament. Not to make light of it, because we all love our furkids so much, but she is doing great. She went from hopping on three legs and I would say she uses it 80% of the time now. She still as a way to go, but it was worth it.


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