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Pearly woke me up at about 2am. She was whining and crying and was lame on her left front leg. Even when she was laying down she was moaning, crying and shivering. I took her to the vet and he has preliminarily diagnosed her with OCD (osteochondritis dessicans). This is the 3rd time I have had her in for lameness in that shoulder since last March. Last time x-rays weren't conclusive but now she is having pain even at rest. He prescribed Rimadyl,Cosequin DS and rest for the next 2 weeks. If no better then the next set of x rays will have to be under anesthesia. If we can't control the pain she will need surgery. Has anyone here had any experience with this? I have been looking at things on the web and I understand the process. I don't want uneccessary surgery but on the other hand I don't want to make things worse by waiting. I hope the Rimadyl kicks in soon. She beside me and whimpering. yvonne
 
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Poor Pearly. I have nothing on this but hugs and drool from Wilson and I. Take care of both of you.

Susan and Wilson
 
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Oh poor baby, I'm sorry I don't have anything constructive to add but our hope that she will get better soon.
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I (thankfully) have no experience to lend, but offer hope and prayers for a speedy, surgery-
free recovery! Poor Pearly, give her lots of love for us!

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My Samantha Arabella Rose has OCD in her two front legs. You can actually hear the "mice" in her joints.

Unfortunately she can not take Rimadyl,Cosequin DS, or any other drug like that - bad, bad intestinal upsets (like diarrhea on the ceilings, furniture, etc). We just live with it and try to keep her weight down. Her OCD doesn't seem to bother her that much except in damp cool weather. Then watch out! She will try to bite you if you try to dry her poor little misaligned leggies off.
 
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Oh! poor baby. :( Tummy is sending tons of drool.
 

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sounds like the pano Lexie had a few weeks back - she couldn't walk on her leg from the pain. she also got rimidal. hope she gets better soon!!! what is OCD??
 
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Thank you for all your healing drool. OCD is a tear in the cartilage that covers the head of the bone. My vet said that no two bassets were alike in their joint make up, he said they were like snowflakes(!). When the fit of the joint is not perfect it can wear and tear that cartilage. The tear can then make that joint very painful especially if the cartilage moves out of place. I found some interesting articles on the web that explained it pretty well. Pearly is better. The rimadyl lasted about 12 hours and she was cautious but wasn't limping nerly as bad. She woke up at about 5am today so we may need to increase her dose. He said the Cosequin will take about 8 weeks to begin to build cartilage. Just keeping my fingers crossed that we can delay surgery. It just makes me nervous. Luckily we have a really good ortho surgeon close if she does need surgery. Also this surgeon has his office at a pet ER and will have blood on hand if she has problems like Sabian did. Like all of you and your hounds I just love her so much I hate to see her hurt. yvonne
 
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I am sorry to hear this! Our black lab has had ongoing issues in one of her back legs, a problem caused by her cruciate legament (unsure if I am spelling this correctly). So I truly can relate to your feelings right now!
Good luck!
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I haven't yet. I will but I was waiting the 2 weeks for the next set of x-rays to confirm. If she is better she will not need the x-rays but I will inform the breeder anyway. Her breeder isn't breeding anymore. In fact Pearly was from her last litter. Someone backed out from purchasing her and the breeder called me on my birthday! She was ment to be mine. I know she will want to inform others. yvonne
 
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Copper and I are so sorry to hear that Pearly is having this trouble. We are wishing you a speedy recovery.
--Was wondering.... is this (OCD) associated with extra crooked front legs? Copper's are more crooked than average, I think. Could this cause him trouble in the future? He hates his feet touched, but his mobility doesn't seem to be affected. Is it possible that he is hurting a little? Should I be on the lookout for problems with his front legs as he ages?
 
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Poor baby...here's hoping she doesn't have any more pain.
 
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I am sure Copper is a risk. There is a hereditary element but the way the ball fits into the socket is the important issue. I think I am going to put Sabian on Cosequin as it builds cartilage and I wonder if this will decrease his risk. I am planning on asking my vet at next visit. yvonne
 
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