Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Ruston, Louisiana
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We just got back from the specialist in Baton Rouge. Poor Jack it has been a very long day for him, but he was a little trooper as usual. We made him a play pen in the front floor board of the car and he slept most of the time, there and back.
The Clinic was actually quite impressive, as were the doctors and residents. I am really glad we went, and we have our answer. There is nothing they can do for Jack that would not be experimental. The orthopedic vet told us he had seen approximately 4 dogs (including Jack) in his 23 year practice that had this problem. It is a birth defect that is very rare and it can afflict any breed. It is so rare that there is no treatment for it.
The vet told us that he had a friend with a doxie that was just like Jack and he did 3 or 4 surgeries trying to enable the dog to flex his back legs. All of the surgeries were unsuccessful and the dog walks just like Jack to this day. The vet also said that they had a cart for the doxie, but only used it occassionally.
The vet asked me if I was OK with Jack being like this the rest of his life. Now you guys know what I said, LOL! Of course, I feel in love with him like he is and as far as we are concerned he's perfect just like he is. Jack doesn't know any difference and the vet said that he never would because he was born that way.
We talked about Jack's future and the vet agreed with us that as long as Jack is not having any pain (the vet confirmed that Jack has no pain in his hips or back legs) there is no reason to pursue any further treatment. He told us that Jack seemed happy and healthy, but not to let him get overweight.
The only issue the vet warned us about was that if the quadraplex muscles contract to the point that they cause Jack's hips to be popped out of the joints we will have to take him back to LSU. For now, that is not happening.
Jack has retained testicles and an umbilical hernia but the vet said to let him get a little older before we worried about that.
Thanks for all the support,