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One week ago today my little guy thought it would be fun to run out of the dog box and jump off the tailgate. Had X-rays taken no broken bones but their was a slight difference in the growth plates of the pelvis at the hip joint. Vet sent me home. Went back today for final shots at 12 weeks same office diff. Vet she looked at X-rays as their has been no impovement and left rear leg is clearly smaller than right. Sent me home with a 5 day supply of rimadyl. She said he needs to get back on that leg to make the growth plate develop properly. Thoughts? He is using it now. Just with this kind of investment and the fact that i really like the little guy want some opinions.?????????????
 

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Wow. 60 views man thanks for all the input good thing he wasn't dying. All im looking for is opinions not a diagnosis.
 

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I would get another opinion from from a Orthopedic specialist
 

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I would get another opinion from from a Orthopedic specialist
I agree. If this is a real issue, it is too important to leave in the hands of a generalist. I'd be at the nearest vet school or specialty hospital to see an orthopedic doc...pronto (or sooner).
 

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Thank you nancy. I will see what i can find kinda on my own in this area. Without going to Purdue.
 

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Thank you nancy. I will see what i can find kinda on my own in this area. Without going to Purdue.
I agree with Jeff-this is not something to research on your own-you need an examination. Lets just say I don't know what the long name was, but it was a growth plate problem and the outcome was not good. I had 2 general vets and a specialist look at him so I don't want to alarm you, but go to someone that knows as I was told by all three the surgery is very painful. I wouldn't screw around and look for Internet opinions.
 

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Thank you nancy. I will see what i can find kinda on my own in this area. Without going to Purdue.
Purdue is only 100 miles from Union Mills...correct?

I remember when you wrote this about another dog

I've got a 6 year old blm who when he was 2 hammered his knee on a trailer hitch chasing pigeons. He got over it pretty quick he's a tough one. Wish I would of gotten him looked at by a specialist now. He's not a working dog just a pet but it bothers me to see him limp around for a day or two after some vigorous exercise.
 

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Growth Plate abnormalities can be devastating if not treated early. With that said, the acetabular and pelvic growth plates are not easily disrupted without major trauma. A more common injury would be to the femoral head physis "slipped capital physis". If not corrected early can be difficult if not impossible to get anatomic reduction and prevent long term issues. IF they are concerned about a growth plate issue neither rest or activity will make it normal. If you dog is still lame I would take him to a surgeon. You can visit the american college of veterinary surgeons website to locate a surgeon. There may be one closer than Purdue. Go to www.acvs.org and "click" find a surgeon. Pretty easy to use. Good luck with your dog
 

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Professional opinion - don't mess around. If you have such a signifcant lameness that you are already seeing atrophy in the limb - that is serious. You need a definitive diagnosis that an orthopedic specialist can give you. If not a surgical problem, great, but you need to get into a rehabilitation program right away.
 

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Thanks everyone for the info. I will be pursuing a prof. Asap. And Jeff T. Wow good memory I did post that about my 6 year old Duke. This is just a hard one to read. He is very active actually chewing on my 6 year old right now. He seems to favor other leg while walking but drives off of both when running.
 

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Just got back from the animal hospital at the purdue north central campus. Not good news but better than i thought strap broke his foot. Wish i could of talked my general vet into re X-raying to include the foot would of saved some time and been alot cheaper. At least we know whats wrong. Thaks for all the advice.
 

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Glad to hear you got a correct diagnosis for your pup! I'm no vet but it is probably better than a major growth plate deal!

Good healing to your pup!

Chris
 

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Wish i could of talked my general vet into re X-raying to include the foot would of saved some time and been alot cheaper. At least we know whats wrong.
IMHO you are not expected to make that diagnosis. I would let your vet know the results of your visit to Purdue.
 

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IMHO you are not expected to make that diagnosis. I would let your vet know the results of your visit to Purdue.
I know it just bothers me i mentioned it sat. To the vet and all she did was feel and bend his foot an said nope its fine. And it is going to be brought up tomorrow . I've got a cd with the xray on it to show them.
 

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Glad someone found out what was wrong. He doesnt look very happy
They had to give him some meds just to get the leg wrapped. He's getting around quite well now. He showed no signs of pain other than favoring his other leg. Didnt slow him down at all. See what tomorrow brings. Hopefully just let it heal but might want to plates and screws.
 

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They had to give him some meds just to get the leg wrapped. He's getting around quite well now. He showed no signs of pain other than favoring his other leg. Didnt slow him down at all. See what tomorrow brings. Hopefully just let it heal but might want to plates and screws.
Here's hoping he heals without surgery.

Two questions:
- how will you know if surgery is needed?

- Did Purdue rule out any growth plate concerns (in addition to the toe)?
 

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Here's hoping he heals without surgery.

Two questions:
- how will you know if surgery is needed?

- Did Purdue rule out any growth plate concerns (in addition to the toe)?
They did not see any issues with the growth plate areas. But they are going to refer me to a specialist on monday. Im not a vet but according to them normal procedure when the center two bones of the foot are broken they plate and screw it. But Straps appear to be hairline fractures that are lined up really well and appear to have begun healing. Keep my fingers crossed.
 

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That's good news.... By foot I an assuring you mean a metatarsal fracture. These tend to heal up nicely with only a cast. Make sure you keep a close eye on the bandage so he doesn't get any sores or the bandage wet. Good luck and he should be back to work in no time... Well more like 4 to 6 weeks.
 

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My dog's foot has healed nicely since his break two years ago. (He only had to wear the 'cone of shame' for a couple days because he was smart enough to leave the bandage alone.) Good luck with Strap's healing!
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