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 Posted 1/23/2014 10:31:44 AM
 

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I have a 7 year old lab who for the past year or so has been getting pretty limpy in one elbow after a long day of running/hunting ect..

Took him to the vet today for X-rays and was told he has severe arthritis in both elbows.  He recommended I take him to an orthopedic surgeon for a consult, i made the appt, and other than that there is supplements and pain meds.  

Curious if any of you folks have any advice or experience for dogs this late in the game with similar problems.  This dog is a crazy bird monster, and even more so my best friend, just want whats best for him and to keep him in the field as long as possible.    
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 Posted 1/31/2014 11:22:37 AM
 

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Go to a reputable orthopedic and do what they say. There is a huge difference from the vet you go to have your annual check ups and shots, and the orthopedic doctor. I am speaking from experience. Not sure where you are, but I have used www.vosm.com and I know they see dogs from all over the country. 

Good luck to you, but please take a deep breath and do what the specialist says. 

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 Posted 2/5/2014 2:33:05 PM
 

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Thanks for the reply. Specialist recommended arthroscopy.  If I chose not to go for it, it would be a legend shot and pain management.  I am going for the procedure in the hopes we can bust the field for another few years, if we do it will be worth every penny.  This vet is highly recommended and has the background to back it up.  Every one has been amazed at how rugged and stoic my boy apparently is, cause we are out running down game all year and besides a hitch in the step after a long day he is all smiles and ready for the next adventure.

Surprised no one else has much on the subject, I'll repost as results progress so if anyone ever does there will be some info.
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 Posted 2/8/2014 5:42:22 PM
 

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Truthfully, there is not much to be said. I learned from experience to do what the specialist said. My now retired dog had TPLO done a few years back at a cost of $4K. That is essentially a procedure where the angle of intersection of the lower leg bone and upper leg bone are changed to compensate for a torn knee ligament. They change the angle by cutting the bone in two and placing it in the desired angle and screw it in place. It's a lengthy recovery, but one that my 9 year old has recovered from and is more like a puppy today then she has been for years. 

Mine too was stoic to the point it was near almost impossible to detect injury. She too presented with an occasional limp that I disregarded as being overworked. I will never forget the wet August morning a few years back when she was running around the front yard and she slipped. I heard a blood curling scream from her and she was on three legs trying to get back to me when she saw me walking to her. She had what I later learned was a partial tear that presented with an occasional limp that became a complete tear in a blink of an eye. I wish you never hear that, and that you follow what the specialist says. Good luck.

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 Posted 2/8/2014 5:49:14 PM
 

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One more thing as I reread your mention of arthritis. One of the things I was told about arthritis from my dog's orthopedic surgeon is that it is not a byproduct of age. It is the result of injury that often presents as mine did, as occasional lameness. This is the reason they often perform an arthroscopic procedure to rule out greater injury. 

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 Posted 2/21/2014 2:25:50 PM
 

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Procedure went great.  It has been 10 days since the surgery and he is doing really well.  Crating for 8 weeks is going too be a challenge as he is already getting antsy.  The doc removed a pea sized bone spur from inside his rt elbow, that alone is going to make a huge difference plus the other junk she cleaned up.  The real results will not be apparent for a spell but I am hopeful and know I have done all I can for a dog who always has done all he can for me.    
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Update:  Been a challenging road but the boy is looking good and ready for the season. 
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Glad to hear he is doing well. Hope you both have a great season.
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