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Copper has had a limp since 6 weeks and after many trips to his vet and no answers we went to another vet he said he was sure it is dysplasia. He suggested surgery where they cut part of the bone. I would never do anything that drastic without looking into every other option available.

My problem is that we live in a small town in south georgia with limited vetrinary options. Does anyone have any recommendations for a good vet that could handle this problem. My son lives in Orlando but I don't know where to start to look for the best vet. Any suggestions will be very appreciated and I don't care about the distance I have to go, I just want to ensure he have a painfree life.
 
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I have heard of an orthopedic vet here in Melbourne, Florida. I will check into it and get back with you later. My petsitter is the one who told me about him and we are seeing her today. I'll get the info.

She is actually comeing over to take Dixie on her first car ride! Fingers crossed. My other one gets carsick ...but I've been told that Dixie likes the car. We're going to Petsmart.

I'll be in touch.
 

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Copper just turned 1. The only reason I would even consider this surgery is to alliviate his pain. He has some days where he is in pain and does't put any weight on his leg at all.
 

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I tend to be opposed to surgery, except in life or death matters. So I tend to agree with Dean on this.

Be mindful that dysplasia does not have to ruin a dog's life. Lady's dysplasia is fairly advanced. Thanks to Rimadyl, she's now a crazy lady (?) dog again and easily keeps up with Yogi who may be middle aged, but plays rough and crazy like a puppy.

Although I'm not sure of Lady's age (she was given to me a couple years ago by a former neighbor who was going to dump her), she is an older girl. The way things are going, I anticipate she will stay very active for a very long time.

The important things are to manage pain and keep the pup active, so they maintain good, strong muscles.

Definitely talk to a good surgeon. I'd also try to find a good shepherd or labrador forum, as those breeds seem much more prone to dysplasia and you'd probably find more people who have chosen surgery or not.
 

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I would have asked for a second opinion from a vet who knew bassets very well. Bassets are known to limp from time to time until they are 1.5 years old, I've even heard about surgery like that done to dogs without any faults.

This is from The Daily Drool:

Paneosteitis Sometimes referred to as "growing pains" or "pano", occurs as a rotating lameness, usually in puppies up to 18 months. Many veterinarians are not aware that this is prevalent in basset hounds and will sometimes misdiagnose it, often with costly and unneeded surgery options. Pano IS prevalent in basset hounds as we've seen many, many of our members' hounds diagnosed with this over the years.
 

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Jackson had the same problem,,,around the same age,,,and after a visit to the vet,,,and realizing that it wasn't caused from Jackson jumping on and off the couch...we decided to give it some time,,let him grow alittle older and take it from there....sortly after,,the limping stopped,,,and apart from a slight bow legged-ness on one leg,,,the vet seems to think it was just kind of growing pains...no problems,,,Jackson is now almost 2 years old...
Hope the info helped...
 

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Thanks for all the in put. Surgery would also be the last resort for me too. I am certainly going to get another opion from someone more experienced with this breed and this problem. The last vet I talked to said Rimadyl could cause liver problems and we should use it as little as possible. Has your dog had any problems with the medicine? About the only thing the two vets I have seen agree on are that it is not pana because the femur head doesn't fit tightly into the socket. I saw the x-ray and there is some space there.Thanks everyone for all your suggestions.
 

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Willie used the rimadyl on and off for pano- Our vet recommended "watch and see" with his limp- He could not confirm a diagnosis of pano by xray- but felt it was worthwhile to see if he would outgrow it. When the limp returned a couple months later... on another leg... he said it was most likely pano and we treated conservatively with the rimadyl as needed. He outgrew it completly around 18 months-
 

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No problems with the Rimadyl at all. In fact, I have yet to hear of anyone who has had problems with it and, from what I have read, most of the problems there were were in labradors, which suggests some kind of breed specific sensitivity.

The people I know using Rimadyl have had similar experiences to mine --- that is, it's been like a miracle drug. Lady plays like a puppy, running around like a maniac and doing this crazy throwing herself on the ground game she and Yogi have. She's so much happier, she smiles all the time and just LOOKS good.

It's also important to know the number of dogs who had problems was statistically very small --- very small. Aspirin, it seems, is a more dangerous drug.

I would also try the flaxseed oil, but only a good one. It really does seem to make a difference. I use it, too --- I have a messed up hip because I got hit by a car when I was a kid. I developed horrid bursitis in it a few years ago, but have had zero problems since I started taking flaxseed oil.

One of the most impt pieces of advice my vet gave me about dysplasia is you do NOT want them to go down --- because once they do, it's very gard for them to recuperate. So, whatever you can do now to keep your pup painfree and active as possible is going to benefit her in the long run. The muscles seem to make up where the bones fail, so the point is to build up that muscle and let it do its job.
 

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I met a couple with a dog who had an artificial hipjoint, and was supposed to changed the other too. The price on the operation here in Norway wasn't that bad either.
I have also seen somewhere that they can inject some stuff that will take up the superfluous space in the joint, but maybe that's still on the experimental stage.
I've used Rimadyl for a longer periode on a Rottweiler, it could be tough on kidneys and liver, but the vet then prescribed it for long term use on old dogs.
 

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Here is some info on dysplasia and different treatments from VetInfo.

Hip Dysplasia

The info is a bit out of date, but seems to be meaty enough that itmight help you make a decision about this. VetInfo is pretty reliable, unlike a lot of the stuff on the internets.

He also has a section on surgical options for dysplasia which might be helpful for you.

If you're seriously considering it, though, I'd sure find some people who've gone that route and see what they have to say.
 

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If the surgery is done when the dog is young it can eliminate the pain and problems in older dogs. if the HD progress to the point of damaging the joint the surgical options are less incouraging so management may be a better option given pain levels and such. HD is one condition in which it is far better to bite the bullet an do the surgery earlier rather than later.

1 would agree however a second and third opinion by an orthopeadic specialist is inorder to conform the source of the problem is actually HD and not something else.
 

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I agree with Mikey T. Get another opinion or two to be absolutely certain that it is HD.

Our lab was diagnosed with HD at around 1 year of age and it was already bad enough to have done some damage. We opted to have a surgery called a TPO - triple pelvic osteotomy. This surgery is an option on dogs around one year of age or less. It worked out well for us. He is now 7 years old and that leg is his stongest one. This may be the surgery your vet was referring to. If you Google "Triple Pelvic Osteotomy" there is a lot of information.
http://www.gcvs.com/surgery/triple_pelvic.htm
 
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