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Old 12-03-2012, 03:17 AM   #1 (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 metacalm 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, probably 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, 05:41 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Any time a vet recommends major leg surgery I recommend a second or even third opinion, preferably from an orthopedic specialist that's familiar with Bassets. Although there are some cases that do need to be fixed, most Bassets with crooked legs go through their lives with no problems.

So yeah, in my opinion *most* (not all) of the time the surgery is unnecessary.
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I agree with Soundtrack, get more opinions. My Edee's front leg is bent and she is fine. I did not get her as a pup, so I don't know exactly what the issue is, but she runs and walks fine.
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I had to take him to the emergency vet this morning due to diorrhea and I asked about the op again, she said the orthopaedic vet looked at the X-ray and said it was necessary to do it ASAP as the joint is out of place. On a brighter note, his diorrhea seems to have stopped!
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Talk to an experienced BHCA breeder in your area and have their vet look at it.

Many vets scream in horror and reach for the knife even when looking at *normal* Basset x-rays.
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If you are anywhere near western Virginia, I know a top-notch ortho vet who would not operate unless truly necessary. If you want his name... IM me.
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Sorry to hear about all the problems you've been having - I'm in the same camp - I'd check out another vet. That's one of the things I like about mine so much - I've been through a lot of serious medical issues with all my kids - and surgery has always been a last option, not a first. So if someone were to come out of the gate with surgery - I'd look for another opinion.

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Dewi my 9 month old basset has to have surgery Wednesday on his leg. After speaking to the vet she said bassets are prone to bowing legs but in Dewi's case the joint is being pulled out of place which is causing the bowing of his leg. His growth plate has fused together causing one bone to growing the other to stop, causing the bone to be pulled from his joint. So he has to have surgery :-( they are going to break his leg :-( :-(
Anyone had a basset with a broken leg? How long do they take to heal? Are they able to walk? I need to prepare myself! I haven taken two weeks off work and then christmas break il be off...
On the bright side his gastrointiritus has gone!!!
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Old 12-09-2012, 06:19 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Hey Sarah,

Myself and one other on here have had to do a similar surgery for our pups. I understand what you're talking about with the growth plate issue. My Olive had a surgery at 7 months old and she's doing beautifully now. The other Basset on here had the same surgery and is doing well, also. Bowing is normal, but not when it's making your dog lopsided! Feel free to message me if you fin yourself in need if some reassurance!


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Our youngest started to limp (front right) at an early age, he was rested & caged for some weeks/months. Ended up at an orthopaedic specialist who after viewing various X rays suggested that he was operated on as his growth plates had closed too early & the difference in length between his Ulna & Radius was painfully pulling his knee joint apart & distorting his feet badly. Surgery consisted of cutting his ulna in half so it could part to accommodate the length of the Radius, his leg was not splinted but supported by a thick bandage, his Radius acting as a splint. When we collected him was informed to expect further surgery on both legs, after recovery we kept in contact through videos & his chiropractor (where he went swimming & water treadmill) & eventually returned to discuss the options. Thankfully he is someone who looks at things from the dogs point of view & not 'what might' be achieved through further surgery & decided to leave him as he was. He has ended up with the most spectacular 'Queen Anne' legs that wrap around his chest ending with his feet pointing out at 45% & almost resting on each other, he walks across his ankle joint (if I can call it that) rather than through it, his toes are very tightly bunched & we have to manage the surfaces he walks on as too much on hard pavements & he scrapes his middle nails down to the quick. There is a lot more going on with him than this & when we asked the why it happened suggested genetics or an injury/accident similar to dropping him 5 feet. No injury since we had him but looking back at photos his right foot was already showing signs of turning out very soon after he joined us & we were fanatical about no stairs, jumping or playing with his older cousin for long. Surgery is a hard decision to make but ensure you find a specialist who thinks about the dog, rather than what 'he' can do.

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