Trouble with Dillion

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Trouble with Dillion

Postby AlaskanWeed » Fri Feb 23, 2007 2:55 am

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Little history on Dillion: I am pretty sure I got him when he was about 6-8months old from the shelter. I was told by the shelter he was abused. They hinted that he was hit by a car, but also heard rumors he was beat/kicked in the rear end. He laided on a floor for many many months and didn't learn how to be a dog/ potty trained etc.. we taught him later in life and he is doing fine now. The police had to get involved and he was taken away from his last owners.

His back right leg was broken at the growth plate so it is about 2 inches shorter than the other legs, and his pelvis was broken on that side and the hip joint healed out of the socket. When he was checked out at the vet they said it was almost impossible to put back in the socket or fix the leg. They mentioned they could do some crazy surgery + physical thearpy and he might get 50% or so movement back in the leg.

As of right now he can't bend the leg in anyway, he does have muscle movement and can use it as a stand. When he is standing he can lean on that side and put minor weight on it. There does not seem to be any pain, but once and a while when he is running it crosses in front of him and he trips and falls on his face. Mareta and I looked at getting the leg removed but it was like 1200.00 bucks to do it. I love Dillion but right now he seems to be doing just fine, he loves chasing balls and his major hobby is swimming. (He has to wear a lifejacket cause the leg can't kick and he has very low body fat so he sinks.)

My Question is this... He is having trouble gaining weight and I am wondering if maybe cause he is so active and always hopping around he burns food up faster.. or maybe he might have a tyroid problem. I am planning to take him to the vet for a check up in a week or two but wanted some input. He is 2 years old now but we still have him on puppy chow cause of the added fat.

(Hope I got all the facts right.. Hugs to Mareta, Chloe, and Dillion)

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Postby mareta » Fri Feb 23, 2007 1:36 pm

correction-he is on adult food

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Postby PitFriend » Fri Feb 23, 2007 4:42 pm

I don't really have any great advice... getting his thyroid checked is a good idea, just to rule it out. It could also be the type of food you are feeding. Every food is going to affect a dog differently, so you might want to think about experimenting with a different food to see if it helps him keep a little more weight on. Remember that keeping Dillion lean is going to benefit him a lot as far as his hips and bad leg are concerned... the less weight he is carrying, the easier it is for him to move around and the less stress there is on his joints. But you also don't want him to be too underweight. Best thing would be to talk to your vet, maybe get some bloodwork done to rule out any medical issues and go from there. Good luck :thumbsup:

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Postby mareta » Fri Feb 23, 2007 6:31 pm

Ok I am going to but my two cents into the conversation…..
I don’t think that dillon is currently underweight; he is however on the low end of his ideal. He can gain weight, and did so when we upped his daily food amount as he needs more food then Chloe, who is older and less active (the lower food amount was just a stupid mistake on my part). I do think that he needs blood work done, as there was so much trauma to his hind end.
I would also like to add that the $1,200 was the estimate that the shelter gave us; they did not remove the leg as it wasn’t a health risk. The vet gave a higher estimate of $1,500 (and that is just for the surgery not any follow up). Add this to the fact that he does put weight on the leg now (he didn’t when we first got him when it was recommended that we remove the leg). I would like to see new improved x-rays (the two that were taken, before and after he was confiscated, didn’t give a clear picture of his hips) and talk to the vet about problems that could arise in the future as I worried about how his bones will hold up as he gets older.


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