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    Default Jenna's Hips - JPS

    I went to see the specialist with Jenna yesterday. He is Richard Mitchell who, after much internet research, has a fantastic reputation and people seem to travel far and wide to see him so I am very grateful he is just down the road from us. He observed Jenna walking and did various hip manipulations. He cannot detect anything wrong with her hips at the moment but it's still early days. She is going to have the PenHipp xrays on Tuesday morning and depending on the results of those he will give me a call but proceed and do the Juvenile Pubic Syphysiodesis if it is indicated while she is still under the anaesthetic. He will also de-sex her at the same time. At 4 months this is earlier than planned but I am told this is not a problem. At least it means only one surgery and one recovery period.

    Will let you know how she is Tuesday

    Here's a couple of links to more of the story, for anyone who is interested

    http://www.dogforum.com.au/general-d...ory-sorry.html

    http://www.dogforum.com.au/dog-healt...hsiodesis.html
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    Fingers crossed for you both. And hugs for Jenna for her big day.

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    Well, Jenna had her PenHipp x-rays done yesterday and the results were not good. Her distraction index was 0.6/0.7. On Richard's advice we went straight ahead and had the JPS proceedure done and she was de-sexed at the same time. She is exactly 18 weeks old so hopefully in time for the JPS to be beneficial.

    Over the last week I have been searching the internet for someone who has had this JPS done on their dog and have not been able to find any so I really want to post on here and continue to do so with Jenna's progress over the years so people can see how she develops. This proceedure is in it's infancy so it is hard to know if we have done the right thing. We will probably never know for sure, but the studies so far seem to be encouraging. We are also making sure she doesn't grow too fast and are limiting her exercise til she is 12 months old. It is hard, as all I really want to do is take her for a good run on the beach like I used to with Holly but I know it will be worth it in the long run if her hips develop normally.

    Fingers crossed
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    Just thought i would do an update on Jenna's progress, for my own records and anyone else who may be interested in the JPS proceedure.

    Jenna is now 6 months old. It is 2 months since she had the operation. You can't even see a scar now and, although it has taken ages, her fur has nearly all grown back on her tummy. We continue to restrict her excercise. She has 2 10/15 minute walks a day, the occasional trip to the beach but she does have a tendency to get too excited and jump up when the waves come. It's cute but, as jumping is the one thing to avoid as much as possible we do not go very often and never stay more than 10 minutes.

    We have took her in the swimming pool a number of times as swimming is supposed to be an excellent form of exercise for her, she is still not keen but is an excellent swimmer. She then runs around like a lunatic when she gets out though, so not all together a good thing

    Most importantly, no signs of any problems yet. She walks great, no limping or head bobbing. She is quick to rise from a rest, no sign of any discomfort at all. I realise it is still early days but so far so good.

    It appears she is smaller than other similar crossbreeds (14kg at 6 months) so I'm hoping that goes in her favour too.
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    That is great news TKay. I've obviously missed all this...what exactly was the problem with jenna's hips, please?

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    TKay, I'm familiar with hip dysplasia (unfortunately) but no other disease in the hip region, that's why I was wondering what Jenna has been usffering with/from.

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    Thanks DA. I have added links to my original post now to make things a bit clearer.

    I have kept in touch with Monique, and Jenna definitely came from the same breeder as her poor Snowy. We have exchanged many e-mails to the breeders and I am in the process of reporting them to the NSW Fair Trading people. Long story which I should probably not go into on a public forum. Snowy's hips are getting a little better but, unfortunately his elbows are in a bad way from overcompensating for his hips. So sad
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    Thanks for links. Know what you are dealing with now. So Jenna is now about 6 months and is showing no signs whasoever of hip discomfort?

    That IS GREAT!!! Not every puppy in that litter may be affected by it. Let's hope Jenna lives a long and happy life.

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    Thanks DA

    Yeah, no signs at all so far
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    I think I've said it before, but that particular siggy of Jenna is simply stunning. I just want to cuddle her. Lots.

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