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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 05-21-2011, 02:08 PM Thread Starter
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Jonesing for a Jack update

Susan, how is that precious Jack doing. I'm in desperate need for a pic of that face.

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Hi,
He is doing great! He is walking on his back legs without bending his knees. He weighs 5 pounds now, kind of pudgy, LOL! We bought him a area rug so he is able to walk around inside. Unlevel ground is a challenge, but he keeps on plugging at it. We have an appointment at the LSU Teaching Vet Clinic on May 30th with the orthopedic specialist. Yes, they are open on Memorial Day, I called and double checked. Baton Rouge is 4 to 6 hours depending on the route we take to get there, but we are watching the river situation down in South Louisiana.
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Good to hear Jack is getting around on the rug. I just emailed you and you've answered most of my questions right here - should have waited another couple of minutes!

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Good to hear Jack is getting around on the rug. I just emailed you and you've answered most of my questions right here - should have waited another couple of minutes!
No Big Deal, LOL! Working from home today, I'll answer your email this evening.
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thanks for the update Susan, good luck with the doc and the river. What a great page 1, Jack and McGee looking up at me.

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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,
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Susan, I'm glad your trip went well today. It sounds like the vets knew what they were talking about so I'm sure it relieved your mind that you are doing all that can be done. Just giving him a happy life where he is loved and accepted as he is will be the perfect gift for him! He's like McGee and doesn't know anything different so he's happy as a little lark and I'm sure that Jack is, too!

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Sweet Jack... Thanks for the update Susan. I'm glad you were able to get down there and get a solid answer. So good to hear he his healthy and in no pain.

Here's to a happy, loved and long lived Jack! :cheers:

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All in all, it sounds like rather a positive report! Jack may be a bit different, but he's happy, healthy and not in pain. So you can just go on enjoying him and loving him to pieces! He has the cutest little expression with those bright button eyes of his!


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I thought I would post a new picture of Jack. He's 6 lbs now. A little pudgy, but we are working on getting more exercise and I don't know if it's me or he's really growing like a weed. LOL!

thank you guys for all of your support for Jack, he's a special little guy for us. We feel fortunate to have him in our lives. My husband has told me he is glad to have him too.
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