For the past few weeks Maggie has been limping so we just thought maybe she has been playing a little too rough with Miley and somehow twisted something. So off to the vets she went and they thought it could either be lyme disease or her achilles tendon. Lyme test came back negative so they decided to keep her over night and do a complete x-ray exam in the morning.
Yesterday we received a call from the vet, the news was worse than we thought, her right hip is 3/4 out of the socket, she has hip dysplasia. Not only that, her right knee is in terrible shape with signs of arthritis. We were devastated and in shock to say the least. How could this happen to an 8 month old puppy? They believe she was born this way, the thought of her being in pain all this time and we didn’t know it absolutely kills me. After hours of tears and disbelief we met with the vet and discussed her options and decided we will first start with pain management, see where that takes us and get a consult with an orthopedic surgeon to discuss what can be done down the road as she is young right now.
So for the next 4 weeks she will be getting Adequan injections twice a week and the pain reliever Zubrin as needed. Then hopefully we will be able to space out the injections a little further and see how she does. A supplement called Dasuquin was suggested to us by a nurse in the office. It contains Glucosamine, Chondroitin and MSM so of course I scoured the internet and found some very promising information and stories. We are definitely going to try it and hope for the best. I also came across some success stories with the vitamin, Ester C. Something to think about and discuss with our vet, I guess.
In meantime we will be making sure Maggie’s weight stays where it should be, taking her on some easy walks and best of all she can swim all she wants. Unfortunately living in the northeast that only leaves us with a little more than a month before we have to close up the pool. And as for her aspirations to be a frisbee champion…that is totally out of the question, jumping is off limits for her.
~If anyone has any information or advice I would truly appreciate anything that you can offer! Thank you!
Thought I would share some pictures of Maggie in her glory, these were taken over a month ago…
poor Miley is about to get torpedo’d!!!