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    So Sorry to hear you're having problems with Ziggy again. Holly had an intermittent limp on her front leg and the vet said it could be because there was actually something wrong with her hips and she was overcompensating. We never got to the bottom of it as she got ill not long after. Just a thought, has Ziggy's hips been checked?
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    Well something is screwed together the wrong way in Ziggy I think. She walks like Marylin Monroe, her butt shaking from left to right and back. But it is not HD. When she lies down she streched her legs straight back, which a dog with HD can't do. Also when we saw the specialist the first time he checked her movement of the back legs because he was worried by the way she walks. But that was all fine. She wasn't x-rayed though.

    I will let you know Friday evening how the vet visit went....

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    So sorry Hippo. Hope things go well on Friday and it is nothing that needs a drastic intervention. and big hugs to both of you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hippo View Post
    Well something is screwed together the wrong way in Ziggy I think. She walks like Marylin Monroe, her butt shaking from left to right and back. But it is not HD. When she lies down she streched her legs straight back, which a dog with HD can't do. Also when we saw the specialist the first time he checked her movement of the back legs because he was worried by the way she walks. But that was all fine. She wasn't x-rayed though.

    I will let you know Friday evening how the vet visit went....
    My sister's black Lab, Pepper, does exactly the same. She just flops down and slides out her back legs. It's so funny to see. Jenna does a similar thing but her back legs look more like she's doing breaststroke. Pepper also suffers from an intermittent limp in her front legs, especially after a long run on the beach, but her vet also thought HD was unlikely given how she lies.
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    Thinking of you for tomorrow Hippo. I hope it is not too serious. Please keep us posted

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    OK, we have a diagnosis. She has arthritis in both her elbows According to the vet only very mild and he thinks we will manage with cartrophen injections. So at least not another surgery. I am checking the internet now for anything that might make her more comfortable but I think we do most things already.... Well, another look won't hurt and if anyone has suggestions please let me know
    Ziggy is sleeping now. She was totally stoned from the sedation which was very funny (for us) but I am glad she is finally on her mat and asleep

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    So glad to hear, she does not need surgery!! But she is soo young for arthritis.
    so I guess just keep doing what you are doing with her at the moment??
    Poor little button! Sweet dreams Ziggy....hope she feels a bit better after the anesthetic wears off!

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    Hippo, so glad Ziggy doesn't need more surgery! Arthritis is quite manageable these days. Poor little thing. So much so soon!

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    Glucosamine might help. It turned my aunt's whippets from cripples to athletes again. Vet should be able to advise on dosage, and given it is shellfish derived no good if dog is allergic. There are different kinds too - so if one compound doesn't help, try a different one but try each one for about 6 weeks to 3 months before you give it up as a bad idea.

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    Sorry to hear that Hippo
    Poor Ziggy.
    My Maxi used to be on cartrophen injections from the age of 1.5
    but got to the stage where she only needed a shot every few months.

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