Join Date: Jan 2008
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Degenerative joint problems in Jackson
I have not been on much this summer as it has been busy . . . we have also been trying to figure out why Jackson kept having an on and off limp for several months. We thought he had sprained his leg playing . . . it got better . . . and then it would keep reoccuring. My vet was out of town, but the other vet could find nothing wrong . . . Jackson would not even wince no matter what she did.
After he started obedience class last month, I started noticing his gait seemed off and then by the end of class he would be limping. There is also a precious 6 month old Hav in the class who has such a nice prance that Jackson seems to never have had . . . he would act like he was hurting by the end of class and would rather sit. I finally insisted on x-rays, and sadly, Jackson has some degenerative bone disease in his wrist and shoulder joint in one leg which she assumed was probably an improper growth structure in the joints. The radiologist did not think he needed surgery, but my vet suggested mild use of Previcox (1/4 to 1/2 pill for pain) and Cosequin for supplements (my suggestion actually!) I have been pretty down about this as I am now worried that if he is not even two yet, what will it be like five years down the road? He has been on the Cosequin for two weeks, and the directions say it can take 4-6 weeks for results. I had hoped to do therapy with him, and wasn't even considering agility (thank goodness), but he only seems to be totally pain-free when he takes the Previcox. The vet is cautious about too much of that, and so am I, so I guess I'll just need to be a little bit more patient to see if he improves.
I have not contacted the breeder yet, but am considering it. At first the vet thought he had mild CD which totally freaked me out, but the radiologist said no. His blood work was also perfect (whew!) I did see somewhere that 40% of all Havs had some kind of irregularity in their front legs??? I have not had the back legs x-rayed but am now considering it when he's two just to make sure. He bounces around all the time on those, so I think they're OK, but am still nervous.
Has anyone else had experience with young dogs having with shoulder and wrist problems? It's odd to me that Jackson could run like the wind until he was 1 1/2, and then all of a sudden he started limping. I would love any suggestions anyone has . . . you all are always so full of wonderful advice. Thanks!
Kathy and Jackson