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Thread: Disaster has struck my Katy-bear, sorry long

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    Katy was out playing and running with the other dogs when I heard a scream......The only way to describe it was scream, i ran out and found her limping. Holding her right hind leg up and not a very happy girl.......

    I have been worried about Katy since about nine months of age, even though she has had x-rays at 18 months and a MRI (just because it was free) I have not been happy about the action in her rear end. I think it is because she is too large.

    We have kept her extremely lean and her main exercise is swimming. the vet has said to give her rest after todays episode. She walked better after an hour. But I am still worried.....She just seems so loose in her back-end. And she is a very sad girl right now

    No-one has been able to diagnose anything wrong, but to me it is wrong. This is so frustrating.

    I have been given info on a place that does Stem cell injections at Monash University and I am thinking of contacting them. Katy is after all fully insured.

    Australian Veterinary Stem Cells Pty Ltd

    Vet-Stem Cell Therapy: Arthritis in Dogs & Cats | Tendons, Ligaments & Joints in Horses (USA)

    But I think people think I am being over anxious and that she is not a proven problem.

    I just feel like crying and don't know what to do.......

    I am going to have to do a lot more reading.......

    ..She is lying down now and won't get up......The vet had a look at her, but wants to just give her some time. I might be over neurotic....I have just always had this feeling about Katy's back end.......No-one seems to see it, except me.
    That is why I have always been so disappointed in how large she grew. She has had the best food, every additive to prevent/support.....Parents have been health checked all her known siblings and other relatives have been seen and checked ( seen their health checks too) by me. She has always had her exercise limited when she was young, not raised on shiny floors, no jumping..........it is not all about shoddy breeding, sometimes it is just bl**** bad luck. It is times like this i wish i had fallen in love with Border Collies and not newfies
    (sorry letting of steam)

    I have been worried about her since she was about nine months...She had a MRI, which is just as good as a Myelogram. her discs were good. I think it is hips or maybe ligament or tendon in any area, somewhere from hip to knee. I am with a ortho vet and i know he is good. It is just only this time that she has shown a real symptom. Before it has always been my "feeling". I think it is because we are heavily into horses and gaits/conformation, that I have seen it.........She has had all her elbows and hip scoring done with good results at 18 months and I was surprised, I thought they would show a problem or two......
    She is definitely going to be desexed now. I have spoken to my Breeder, she is very disappointed too, as she thought she helped me pick a special puppy.

    I met Katy's Dad and Mom again last weekend and they are both happy sound dogs.....It is just that bad luck has struck my Katy-bear
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    I know what you meant with "get a feeling". Observing dogs gaits is something I'm extremely observant and obsessed about. I had a feeling about my Gordon. Like Katey she's a big girl and I could see a slight ladies wobble in her rear action. From generations of xray'd parents, seen by me and sent to my vet for checking. No problems with the rest of her litter etc etc.

    Got her xrayed young, younger than you would, they picked up a bone infection. Fixed that up but I still suspected something and got her desexed and withdrew from the ring.

    To cut a long story short I took her to the vet on Thursday and the vet while manipulating her could feel how bad one hip is.

    Don't dismiss your feeling.

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    Thanks, we will be visiting again.........There is giant breed vet at Porpunkah near Bright, she has neo's and is involved with the stem cell Therapy. I think I will have to make a visit to her.........

    [url=http://alpinevet.com.au/?p=3422]Adipose Stem Cell Therapy

    Otherwise it is of to Monash
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    Good luck with the vet visit, newfsie. I hope that whatever it is can be fixed or managed without too much drama.

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    Sorry to hear that. Bad ortho things do happen to other breeds. A friend of mine has a BC with bad HD and my BC has mild HD. I have had bilateral cruciate surgery on one of my cattle dogs and surgery for mild elbow dysplasia in another. All grown lean and fit.

    I dont think stem cell therapy is covered by insurance. A friend of mine has a severely elbow dyplastic cattle dog and she had surgery and stem cell therapy. The surgery was covered but not the stem cell therapy. However she thinks the stem cell therapy was worth it.

    Good luck with your girl. I know its not much fun trying to work out what is wrong. I have been down that road more times than I would like and I have medium size dogs.

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    Damn Newfsie...!!! That sux . I love seeing pictures and videos of your dogs ...makes me feel like i have got to know them. Fingers and paws crossed for some positive news on Katy-Bear.


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