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JEEPGIRLTX- Just a couple of questions for you

1. Is the "malformed muscle" smaller than the other side, i.e. does it look like there has been a wasting of the muscle?

2. Is she putting weight on the leg that is showing a difference in the muscle?

I am asking these question because I went through a similar situation with my puppy at 10 months of age (she is now just over a year old). She was in doggie daycare and they called me in the middle of the day because Lola (my puppy) was favoring her right hind leg and would lift that leg when she stood still. I picked her up that afternoon and did notice that she was not putting the rear leg down much at all. After a week of her still favoring the leg, I took her in to see her vet (her daycare is affiliated with her vet's office). The vet thought it looked like she had a partially torn ACL probably secondary to a larger dog stepping on her the morning that she started to favor that leg(yikes!), and recommended that we give her pain meds and a week to see if she improved, the next week I took her back in (she was not showing any improvement) and the vet gave her more pain meds and said to give it another week, this happened one more time (i.e. 3 weeks had elapsed since the injury presented) and I noticed that the muscle on her rt rear quarter had completely atrophied and wasted away from lack of use.

Well, I decided that she needed to see a specialist asap, because I wanted to fix whatever was wrong with her, not just keep waiting to see if she would get better, because that route was obviously not working. And it was heartbreaking to see her hopping around on 3 legs.

I took her to an orthopedic surgeon at a very good local animal hospital that specializes in rare and trauma injuries. The surgeon immediately said he did not think it was her ACL (knee) at all, he thought it was more likely her hip, but they would need x-rays to be sure.

Well, the x-rays came back and she was diagnosed with Legg Calve Parthesis (avascular femoral necrosis) in layman's terms the top of her femur that goes into the hip socket had it's blood supply cut off (they think this is an inherited condition) and had died becoming weak and brittle. When the dog at daycare had stepped on her her femoral head (the top of the femur that goes into the hip socket) had collapsed which caused it to rub on her pelvis and cause pain when she put pressure on it while walking or standing. The only way to fix this was to perform a femoral head ostectomy (FHO), which basically meant they would cut off the top of the femur, and she would need to rest and then work on developing the muscles in her hind quarter to stabilize the joint.

All of the information I found on the internet said this condition is somewhat common in small dogs, and that it presents around 10 months of age.

I just thought I would throw this info out there as I had never even heard of it before Lola was diagnosed. I really hope that Daisy does not have this disorder or hip dysplasia. Good luck at the vets and make sure they take x-rays so they can give you an accurate diagnosis.
 

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Lola had her surgery back on August 19th and has been a real trooper. When I brought her home her entire rt rear quarter had been shaved in addition to her front leg because they gave her an epidural during surgery and had an IV drip in her front leg. She was able to come home the day after she had surgery and was so tired that she just slept and slept. I was really worried about her as I am sure you can imagine. Slowly but surely over the next month she got her pep back and wanted to play again. She had staples in her suture for 2 weeks and did noticably better once those were removed. The surgeon had suggested that I let her swim in the bathtub to help strengthen the muscles in her affected leg, as the faster she could build muscle the faster the "joint" (it is actual a false-joint because the bone was removed during surgery) would be stabalized and she could go back to her pre-injury level of activity. All of her hair has now grown back and she is still building the muscle back up on the right side, and one leg will always be shorter than the other, but she has adapted in is getting along very well.


The bump you are describing on Daisy does sound like the lumps that can occur after the vaccination shots. Lola had one on her neck when I first got her, and the vet assured me that the little dogs sometimes develop them and that I shouldn't worry. On a side note- she also gave Lola her shots just behind her shoulder, which Lola did not seem to mind at all. In fact, she didn't even cry. When we went back for her 2nd set, she saw one of the other vets in the office and he gave her the shot in the scruff at the base of her neck and she cried like crazy! From then on I always ask that any shot be given behind her shoulder.

I think it is great that you are getting her looked at right away, a lot of the problems that crop up can be corrected if caught early enough. I wish that I would have gotten my second opinion sooner, as it would have helped Lola's recovery a lot to have not lost so much muscle mass in her affected leg.

Your not a bad mom! If you had caused an injury to her hip when you stepped on her, it would have been obvious right away, ie she would have been limping around and would not have recovered without medical intervention. Don't beat yourself up. You are taking the right steps to take care of her by taking her to see the vet.

Please keep me updated, I really hope that it turns out to be something minor.
 

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:cheers: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: Yeay!!!!!! What great news. I am really happy that nothing is wrong with Daisy's hip. And you're not an overprotective weirdo....you are a concerned mommy.

Lola was so cute swimming in the bathtub, but we have stopped it because it seemed like it was making her stressed. She would be ok at first just paddling around, but then when she realized that she couldn't get out of the bath tub she would start flailing about and splashing water everywhere. Her leg developed enough muscle that she was able to start slowly using it while walking, so it wasn't necessary any longer to make her swim when she was obviously no longer enjoying it.
 
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