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      Sassy’s vet called

      It is in her elbow, but at this point the radiologist wouldn’t commit to calling it actual elbow dysplasia, because they think it actually may have been trauma induced and the damage seems very minor. So the plan is to manage it conservatively, and if it clears up we’ll see what happens with her OFA evals when she is two. If it doesn’t, we’ll go to a specialist.

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      Darn, ditto your damnit. But at least you could find something and take preventative measures now that might help for later on.

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      Ugh! I hope whatever it is heals up with no further problems for young Sassy!

      Lark had elbow xrays at about 7 months that showed possible ED, taken because she was limping. We went to an ortho vet who agreed with the radiologist's interpretation and were prepared to do surgery but had to wait 2 months because of a work commitment and then an additional 6 weeks because she ate something and had to have surgery for that. Early in that time, her limp went away, never to return, and her xrays taken 5-6 months after the originals were read as normal. She's 3 years old now and we've had no reason to do any further xrays, but she has had no problems. She never got pain meds but has received Dasuquin, Vitamin C and fish oil daily since the original limp was seen. Whatever magic happened for Lark I wish for Sassy.

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      Ah, rats! Hopefully a minor injury that rest (that makes me laugh with all the tales of puppy zoomies) will take care of.

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      Crap. Not what you wanted to hear. Hoping it's just a little owie and heals up with some rest.

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      Oh, nuts...I was hoping that this wasn't going to be what was going on.

      OK...not to be Debbie Downer here but I'm going to share my experience with Baffle for you to keep in the back of your mind (not that you won't be watching her like a hawk anyhow).

      I don't know the origin of Baffle's elbow dysplasia. He never limped or licked his legs. He had issues but the only physical ones we saw (and had diagnosed) related to his hips...HD. It was when we went to an ortho to have his hips evaluated about 6 months after the HD diagnosis (PennHIP by our vet at 6 months of age) that we found out that his elbows were a mess. The ortho x-rayed them after watching Baffle walk...he didn't think what we were seeing was purely hips.

      Long story short, at the age of approx. 1 year, Baffle had no cartilage left in his right elbow and very little in his left. We had that surgery and delayed doing anything for his hips...the ortho said those elbows were critical. He couldn't believe that Baff had given no hints of front leg pain. (he internalized it all and I'm convinced that that is exactly what led to mental difficulties)

      Baffle never seemed to recover from the surgery pain despite meds and PT. And that's all I'm going to say here.

      My point is to please keep an eye on Sassy. If Baffle had given us a clue, he could have had surgery before losing all of his cartilage and things may have turned out in a more positive way for my boy. His was diagnosed as fragmented medial coronoid process and just kept getting worse over time. Inherited? Trauma? Don't know.

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      Quote Originally Posted by smartrock View Post
      Ugh! I hope whatever it is heals up with no further problems for young Sassy!

      Lark had elbow xrays at about 7 months that showed possible ED, taken because she was limping. We went to an ortho vet who agreed with the radiologist's interpretation and were prepared to do surgery but had to wait 2 months because of a work commitment and then an additional 6 weeks because she ate something and had to have surgery for that. Early in that time, her limp went away, never to return, and her xrays taken 5-6 months after the originals were read as normal. She's 3 years old now and we've had no reason to do any further xrays, but she has had no problems. She never got pain meds but has received Dasuquin, Vitamin C and fish oil daily since the original limp was seen. Whatever magic happened for Lark I wish for Sassy.
      Thank you! That is very hopeful!!!

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      My point is to please keep an eye on Sassy. If Baffle had given us a clue, he could have had surgery before losing all of his cartilage and things may have turned out in a more positive way for my boy. His was diagnosed as fragmented medial coronoid process and just kept getting worse over time. Inherited? Trauma? Don't know.

      Good thoughts for Miss Sassy!!!
      Thanks for sharing your story. Our first lab, Scully, had horrible elbows too, although she wasn’t diagnosed until around age 6 or 7, so we are very sensitive to elbow issues. At this point, essentially what they saw was a tiny hairline fracture of the coronoid process, but no signs of other damage. Apparently it can fracture because the bones don’t fit together right (dysplasia) in which case it gets worse with time as the dog continues to use the joint and pieces of bone and cartilage break off and float around in the joint, or it can fracture due to a sudden shearing motion (such as your sister yanking your leg sideways while playing), in which case as long as that motion isn’t repeated it can heal. We are obviously hoping it was due to rough play, not joint incongruity, but only time will tell.
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      Oh no, I am so sorry! Sending good thoughts this issue clears up like Lark's did.
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      Paws crossed it is nothing that crate rest and leashed potting cannot fix. Yip it sucks having a young dog in a crate ... for weeks.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Annette47 View Post
      It is in her elbow, but at this point the radiologist wouldn’t commit to calling it actual elbow dysplasia, because they think it actually may have been trauma induced and the damage seems very minor. So the plan is to manage it conservatively, and if it clears up we’ll see what happens with her OFA evals when she is two. If it doesn’t, we’ll go to a specialist.

      Damnit.
      I thought ED was bilateral as opposed to unilateral?

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