Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Cape Cod, MA
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Karen's explanation is right on! Tyler has bowed front legs and at 16 1/2 years old, he's never had any health issues attributed to the defect. He's been a very, very healthy dog. In fact, when he tore his ACL in August, I was told that he would develop arthritis in that joint and would probably have to take Rimadyl for the rest of his life. Well, so far that hasn't happened. He shows no stiffness or lameness in that or any other joint. I have had him on Cosequin DS for about 4-5 years now and perhaps that's what has helped him not develop any stiffness. The vet was happy and amazed. He does have compromised vision now, but that is age related and he does have a slight heart murmur which was first noticed about 3 years ago or so just before having his teeth cleaned. It has not impaired him in any way. He can still RLH and never has any symptoms. Hope my experience helps relieve you a bit.
Mary (miss you, Bailey-1996-2011 and Tyler-1997-2015)