I have some news about Miss Mouse today on her 6mo birthday~
She has to have ulnar surgery on her bowed leg.
I am so sad and so scared. I took her to the vet the week before the Nationals because she has been limping every day for a few weeks. We did x-rays and a full check up. The x-rays showed that her growth plates are still open, but her bone is very bowed and her joints are out of whack in both her wrist and her shoulder. The vet feels that this is injury related (meaning at some time since she was born, or even during birth her leg was injured) and she doesn't feel this is CD or heriditary. The vet said surgery was her best bet, as it will hopefully allow her joints to fall back into place and not cause her so much pain. We are bringing in an orthopedic surgeon from another vet practice to do the surgery. Even after the surgery, Mouse will always have a bowed leg, and will probably always have a limp, but hopefully the surgery will help her be pain free and help ward off arthritis as she gets older.
Up to this point I was not fully convinced that surgery was necessary. I just thought so what
if she had a bowed leg and a little limp. I was hoping she could still live a long full healthy life with a crooked leg and a limp. I talked to a few people at the Nationals that have had the same surgery done on their dogs. They helped me see that there is a benefit to doing the surgery. And since I have been home, I can see that she is getting worse and worse and limping more and more. She is holding up her leg now when she stops running or is resting. I now know the surgery needs
to be done.
It's scheduled for the 12th of Sept. It's going to be a long couple weeks for me leading up to the surgery. And recovery is very long (up to 8 weeks) and very slow. I am so scared for my baby girl~
I know they say God doesn't give you more than you can handle. But I just wonder sometimes why God chose me
to handle so much...