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|08-13-2007, 12:41 PM||#1|
Mommy To 3 Poochies
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: New York
Cali Has LP in Both Back Legs
I want to share some sad news about my little Cali. As you know, Cali has been sick off and on for about 2 months with a really bad cold. It went away for awhile but it came back; so Jim and I took her to the vet Friday night. The vet gave her a little antibiotic shot and a new medicine which is stronger than the last one she was on. He told us to give it to her twice a day for 10 days and then bring her back in for another check-up.
Anyway, while he was examining her he said to us, "I'm amazed as how well she walks for a dog who has luxating patellas in both rear legs" … I was like WTF???!!!???!!! He said yes, can't you see how obvious it is? I said NO, I cannot see!! Granted, she walks funny (and by funny I mean she trots like a pony lol) but she has never limped the way Codie use to.
(For those who don't know, a luxated patella is basically a dislocating knee cap.) My Codie had to have surgery to correct LP in his rear left leg when he was a little over 1 year old. So I'm very familiar with this problem because I've dealt with it once before.
Anyway, he said she is walking with her knees out ALL the time. They're totally out. He showed us how easy it is to move them by simply moving both of them back and forth. He suggested we have a few x-rays taken to see the extent of the defect. Well, the x-rays show that the knee-cap is completely flat, just like Codie's was, which means it's a genetic defect. If the knee cap was NOT flat, then it means the LP could have happened from an accident (i.e., jumping off the couch). But in Cali's situation, that is not the case and this did not occur from an accident.
The vet said it's amazing that Cali can walk, period. He said most dogs would have not been able to use their back legs and would have dragged themselves on their front 2 legs (and most likely would have been euthanized after birth because of that). He also said Cali has a roached back (which I already knew, her back legs are a little longer than her front legs).
He said since Cali is so light and tiny, she doesn't put a lot of weight on those knees. He said right now she isn't in pain or having problems walking, so we don't have to worry about surgery. But we may have to have surgery in the future as she gets a little older. My poor baby. I told the vet that we are prepared to do the surgery now or in the future, whenever he feels she needs it. It's going to be expensive (more so for Cali because of the extra precautions they will have to take due to her tiny size) but I don't care about the money, I just don't want my little girl to be in any pain.
I'm going to start giving her Missing Link Plus (Canine Formula with Joint Supplement) -- this is the one with Glucosamine in it. I just ordered 2 packages on-line.
Any advice on how to keep my baby Cali PAIN FREE?
Mommy Loves Codie, Tia & Baby Cali
RIP My Precious Katie - I Love You
|08-13-2007, 12:56 PM||#3|
Donating YT 30K Club Member
Join Date: Oct 2005
Blog Entries: 6
Oh poor baby. The Missing Link should help. Also, minimizing any jumping and no standing on just her back legs.
Cali Pixie Roxie : RIP Nikki; RIP Maya;RIP my sweet Dixie girl 1/17/08
|08-13-2007, 12:56 PM||#5|
My Tiny Treasures
Join Date: Jul 2006
Blog Entries: 3
Awww you know Cali has a special place in my Heart. Rogan (my neutered 15 pounder ) had it in both rear legs as well and had the surgery done at once
The first time didn't take and they went in for another try, both at once.
Its amazing how well he's doing.
I would think if Cali was in pain, you'd know it because she'd start limping or lifting legs. Thats what Rogan did.
Sending prayers to Cali!!!!!! Keep us posted!!!
|08-13-2007, 01:22 PM||#6|
Luv my Angel, too!
Join Date: Apr 2006
Aw Jen - I'm so sorry about Cali!! I've been using ML+ for a little over a year for Sissy as she has LP in her back right leg. Her's is a fairly mild case which we found when she started "skipping" with that leg. After about two months of the ML+ she has stopped skipping and rarely skips now. I hope that Cali never has any further issues with her knees and isn't in any pain. Hugs to you both!!
Sissy & Angel
|08-13-2007, 01:27 PM||#7|
Donating YT 3000 Club Member
Join Date: Dec 2004
Blog Entries: 5
im so sorry !!
Brownie has hip arthitis and hes on this
& they work GREAT !!
my new vet just recommended this he said it works better so were gonna switch to this
|08-13-2007, 01:34 PM||#8|
YT 6000 Club Member
Join Date: May 2005
This is why not everyone should be breeding! The poor dogs and new owners suffer for it. Poor little Cali, I hope she continues to improve and she doesn't get any pain. I would most certainly be asking her breeder to pay for some of the medical bills, or to refund you a portion of what you paid for her, since you didn't get what you were guaranteed. I hope the parents of Cali get neutered and spayed, since they have multiple genetic defects that they are passing on
Mommy to Coco and Rocco
|08-13-2007, 01:53 PM||#9|
I Love My Yorkies
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Oh Jen I am so sorry. Maybe the vet can give you some pain killers for when cali has pain
|08-13-2007, 02:17 PM||#10|
I Love My Munchkins!
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: My Babies ♥'s!
Hi, sorry about Cali. I hope she doesn't start hurting but I'm glad she has a good mommy that will get her what she needs if the knees become too much for her.
I My Lil Furballs!!
Pia Mojo ~ Trixie Murphy ~ Paisley Max
|08-13-2007, 02:21 PM||#12|
YT 500 Club Member
Join Date: Jun 2006
Poor Cali. It really makes you stop and think about wanting such tiny dogs. I've always wanted a tiny but I do not want the heartbreak or enormous vet bills so I'm very glad my 3 pounder is healthy. I didn't realize how small a 1 pound 8 oz yorkie was(I saw one on a website) until I saw one in person...it frickin' scared me! Cali is very lucky to have you. I know chihuahua's and yorkies sometimes just come out extremely tiny(like Cali) but it takes a very special home to take care of them.
Heck, my 5 pound chihuahua has a cold and after a few nights of no sleep I'm a zombie, I can't even imagine what you've been through lately.
|08-13-2007, 02:53 PM||#13|
Yorkie Kisses are the Best!
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Houston TX
Blog Entries: 1
Oh POOR Cali and she's just a baby ....that sounds pretty severe What are they saying about surgery ? with how tiny she is I'd be scared to death....Oh man Jen - I'm so sorry and kisses to little Cali....
|08-13-2007, 02:57 PM||#14|
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: wiith my furbabys
So sorry about your little cali, praying she will not have pain, and will be ok
|08-13-2007, 03:20 PM||#15|
Donating YT 500 Club Member
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: S. Ca
Jenn, I'm so sorry to hear...I don't know a whole lot about LP but perhaps do some research on the web about hollistic treatments or find a vet that is really into the natural treatments, natural pain medications, supplements, and perhaps add steps to higher areas so that Cali doesn't jump off? Good luck, I know you'll take good care of your Cali. Let's all pray that it is just a mild case and the condition will not worsen as she gets older.