Eva hip X-ray

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Eva hip X-ray

Postby Sarah » Sat Nov 05, 2011 6:56 pm

Poor Eva (Tess' daughter/Pirate's sister) has been having an off & on limp in her right foreleg for some months now. She's never limping when she sees a medical professional, and they never find anything. She's seen a regular vet, an orthopedist, 2 chiropractors, and a massage therapist.

So her owner (with maybe a little pressure for me) had her in today for X-rays and a test for Lyme disease. Lyme is relatively unlikely, this isn't a big area for it, but it fits the symptoms. Anyway, I can't read shoulder or elbow X-rays at all, and a radiologist is reviewing them (regular vet couldn't see anything). But while she was at it, they had a shot done of the hips. Look at these awesome hips!

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Too bad she's not old enough to OFA.
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Re: Eva hip X-ray

Postby MissKitty » Sat Nov 05, 2011 8:48 pm

Wow, she looks great! And an awesome X-Ray too.

How old is she? I hope they can find out what is wrong.
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Re: Eva hip X-ray

Postby Sarah » Sat Nov 05, 2011 8:54 pm

She's about 21 months. I really wish they would find Lyme disease, it's easily treated, and would explain everything. I'm the one that pushed to test for that, because it fits the symptoms so well. But it's not too likely, unfortunately, since the disease isn't that common here, and there is no known tick exposure. (she does go hiking in the woods, though, so it's not impossible)

This whole thing has been really frustrating. :(
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Re: Eva hip X-ray

Postby star_frances » Tue Nov 08, 2011 5:52 pm

Any update on Eva?
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Re: Eva hip X-ray

Postby Ilovethepits » Tue Nov 08, 2011 6:03 pm

I hope they figure it out. I think Eva is spectacular!
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Re: Eva hip X-ray

Postby Sarah » Tue Nov 08, 2011 10:23 pm

Bicipital tenosynovitis. :( Poor Eva, it's a long, slow healing process. And her owner is threatening to not do agility with her any more, though I really think this has to be unrelated to the agility.
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Re: Eva hip X-ray

Postby pblove » Fri Dec 02, 2011 9:26 pm

how is Eva doing????
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Re: Eva hip X-ray

Postby Sarah » Fri Dec 02, 2011 9:53 pm

Still gimpy. :( On exercise restriction, which she doesn't much like. Her owner was putting off taking her back in to the specialist to come up with a course of treatment, because she had health worries about her older pets, but I think she had an appointment today. Haven't heard the results, yet.
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Re: Eva hip X-ray

Postby pblove » Fri Dec 02, 2011 10:25 pm

I hope you hear some good news re vet visit today.
I know three dogs with shoulder problems right now, two are young, under one year, the third is 10y/o. Vet did rads and gave his expert opinion, 'it is like tennis elbow in people, try swimming them"
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Re: Eva hip X-ray

Postby Sarah » Sat Dec 31, 2011 2:28 am

If there's anyone interested in how things are with Eva, the orthopedist tried a steroid injection. Her limp got worse. The option they offered was to remove the biceps tendon, a $3000 procedure, and they weren't sure if they would have to do the other side. Plus the whole "cutting things out of the dog".

Owner took her to see a rehab specialist vet (http://www.backontrackvetrehab.com/). This vet doesn't think the biceps tendon is the problem, she thinks it's a symptom of instability in the shoulder. Her diagnosis is right medial shoulder subluxation. I asked, because I was anxious about it, and apparently the vet thinks it's the result of a traumatic event, and not predisposition. A huge relief to me, since I think Eva has a beautiful front, and if it turned out she was predisposed to shoulder injury, I'd have to give up on my own knowledge of structure.

So, she has some exercises to do, which she apparently gets very pouty about, and there is hope of her being able to return to normal activity.
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Re: Eva hip X-ray

Postby heartbullies » Sat Dec 31, 2011 2:52 am

That is great news!! I hope she feels better and can be off crate rest soon.

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Re: Eva hip X-ray

Postby Misskiwi67 » Sat Dec 31, 2011 9:23 am

Romeo had biceps tendonitis, and he responded AMAZING to laser therapy. He also had some rehab, with stretches and trick training (a "wave, or high five" is an excellent stretch) while I was away at a conference. He was back to normal when I got home.

I thought his agility career was over too, but 6 weeks of rest and laser therapy and he hasn't had any problems since. Its been about 8 months now... and the little brat still bounces on his front legs waiting for dinner (the most likely cause of his tendonitis).

I would STONGLY recommend laser and rehab before attempting surgery. Just like an orthopedist to want to cut something up...

OOPS, saw the failed steroid injection and didn't finish reading... hopefully everything continues to go well!
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Re: Eva hip X-ray

Postby pblove » Sat Dec 31, 2011 12:07 pm

yes I have been wondering how she was doing and am happy to hear the update.
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Re: Eva hip X-ray

Postby Sarah » Tue Jan 03, 2012 2:06 am

Misskiwi67 wrote:Romeo had biceps tendonitis, and he responded AMAZING to laser therapy. He also had some rehab, with stretches and trick training (a "wave, or high five" is an excellent stretch) while I was away at a conference. He was back to normal when I got home.

I thought his agility career was over too, but 6 weeks of rest and laser therapy and he hasn't had any problems since. Its been about 8 months now... and the little brat still bounces on his front legs waiting for dinner (the most likely cause of his tendonitis).

I would STONGLY recommend laser and rehab before attempting surgery. Just like an orthopedist to want to cut something up...

OOPS, saw the failed steroid injection and didn't finish reading... hopefully everything continues to go well!


Thanks for the information! The owner was told that laser therapy wouldn't help with this condition. I'm going to pass the information on.
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Re: Eva hip X-ray

Postby Ilovethepits » Tue Jan 03, 2012 3:13 pm

Hoping for the best for Eva. I just love that doggie!
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