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Old 12-03-2012, 02:50 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Hi all, I'm new to this... I have an 8 month old basset Dewi, bless him he's going through the wars a bit. He had 'cherry eye' which he has had a small op on to remove it, they gave him met calm and eye drops, 2 days after he had vomiting and diarrhoea, starting on Saturday, this morning he has had diorrhea through the night and it has blood in it. He seems fine within himself, probable a bit more quiet this morning but he's had a rough night.
He is also bow legged and due to him going under anaesthetic last week they said he should have an x ray to look at his leg. The x ray showed that one of his growth plates has fused to the other making one bone grow and the other to stop growing, causing the bone which is growing to arch. They have recommended surgery to straighten the bone. This will avoid arthritis later in life as the joints are out of place.
I'm worries that its unnecessary surgery but one that has been recommended?!
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Old 12-03-2012, 04:08 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Do you have a photo of him where he's facing the camera so his legs can be seen? There are some very knowledgable people here who will be better able to advise you if they can see the problem.
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:14 AM   #13 (permalink)
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He is also bow legged and due to him going under anaesthetic last week they said he should have an x ray to look at his leg. The x ray showed that one of his growth plates has fused to the other making one bone grow and the other to stop growing, causing the bone which is growing to arch. They have recommended surgery to straighten the bone. This will avoid arthritis later in life as the joints are out of place.
I'm worries that its unnecessary surgery but one that has been recommended?!
He's probably a bit loose because of the anaesthetic - but if this continues, get back to them

Secondly, this premature closure of the growth plates. I have a basset here who I bought, from a good breeder (!) at 4 months, with the intention of showing him. He started limping (front), so I immediately went to Pano. My bone-specialist vet checked him over, and decided that as he was also not really moving well behind either, we really needed to do full x-ray, front to back. His hips and elbows - fine. Wobblers was ruled out (and I'd gone there too). What he did find was prem.closure of the growth plates, ulna, both sides. And already his front had started turning, much as it was 'even' We talked about surgery (he was 7 - 8 months by then) but he warned me that it could take more than one surgery to get these bones properly sorted out. He wasn't in any severe pain even if obviously feeling something as he was lame (more than could be said for me as it was pretty obvious that any show career had gone out the window ) and the full x-ray plates had cost me a fortune. This growth plate closure thing isn't unknown in the breed by a long way ........ but I don't think was helped in his case by being fed a product with what I considered a very high protein level - too much, too fast.

The message is, he's now 3 years and although bowed, his front isn't causing him any problems (and he's no way as affected as the one at the beginning of this thread). I'm glad we left well alone (he's had enough other problems!!!)

If your hound isn't in trouble at the moment, I'd not be in too much of a hurry to go for surgery. Just my opinion.

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Old 02-05-2013, 04:18 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Our girl, Sophie, has legs that would make a seal jealous, but they don't slow her down one bit. She's still active, happy, and gives no indication they bother her in the slightest. We keep her weight well-managed, nails trimmed, and lift her in/out of the car, but our house has stairs which she charges up and down without a hitch. Her left leg has a tendency to 'pop' into a more knuckled over position if she's sitting, but she doesn't seem to care or be bothered by it.
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