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Rocky's shoulders

It's taken me a long time to post this ~ I'm still just sick over it.

In January, Rocky started limping. (8 mo. old) Any type of running and he'd end up lame in his front right shoulder. The vet, with x-rays, determined he had a bi-lateral strain to his shoulder. We limited his activity, to the point the hasn't walked up or down my stairs since, and on anti-inflamatory medication. Fast forward 3 months. Rocky is not any better. More x-rays and an orthopedic vet has shown that Rocky's shoulders (the right worse than the left, but both affected) are extremely shallow and can not hold the leg (femur) in place. Ortho vet does not feel this can be surgically repaired.

Vet feels it could either be a birth defect or genetic. Hard to say. Either way - we're done showing, I've cut his beautiful beautiful show coat off to get a better look at how he's moving. He's shortened his stride quite a bit to compensate. He takes short little steps.

We're on a physical therapy type routine to see if we can get the inflammation down. He gets 1/4 mi. walk a day.

Has anyone heard of this? It's a first for my vet with a Havanese. He's seen it in Corgi's several times.

Thanks for letting me ramble. I'm on the search for the perfect dog stroller! I'll walk Rudy, and stroll Rocky.
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So sorry to hear about this Cindy. Best wishes.
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Oh Cindy, I'm so sorry. That is so sad. Give Rocky kisses from me and hugs to you.

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Oh Cindy, this breaks my heart!! I am always thinking of Rocky as in the picture here from the Havanesefest where he was practically flying through the air!! I can't believe how quickly this came about and I hope that the pain can be limited for him, poor thing!!

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Cindy, this is really so sad, for you and for Rocky. Does the femur pop out of place and cause pain for Rocky? It sounds painful, anyway.

He looks pretty cute in his cut, though! I'm sure he'll look adorable in a stroller and be thankful that he has a great mom to care for him!

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Wow, Cindy, that must be so upsetting! Your 2 boys are simply beautiful. I've never heard of the shoulders being a problem in Havanese, but I guess anything can happen. What does your breeder say? Rocky is so young. I hope there is something that can be done for him. I'm so sorry to hear this.

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This is something new to me too. Sorry, I wish I had some answers for you. Give Rocky a big hug from me the poor dear. I hope you can find out more about this. He looks beautiful in his show coat and his cute new 'do.
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I am so sorry- I am not familar with this but maybe search on some of the other long back breed dogs like the corgis that you mentioned. How scary for you though. Maybe there are some natural supplements that can really help?


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Oh,I'm so sorry to read this. That must be extremely disheartening...

I do not know anything about this condition,but hopefully someone will be able to help you.

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Oh Cindy, I am so so sorry. I can't even imagine how badly you must be feeling! I was going to ask the same thing Amanda did - if there is anything natural like a supplement that might help?

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