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Daizy, as you all have heard is doing very well. She went through a phase where I worried again because she was gaining weight and it was getting harder for her to get up from the down position.

However she has overcome that obstacle.

I notice now, her right back leg, the long straite bone is bowing~pretty bad. She is much harder on her right legs, front and back, then on her left side. I can tell this because her nails are gone on her right side legs and not her left.

I imagine, because she is so hard on them, her growth plates and such don't have a chance. Her leg is bowing enough to be noticable, and she is 5 months old today. I know growth plates hang around and help for quite awhile, but how long until her bones are tough enough???

The vet had mentioned casting it, BUT~we all have second thoughts on this, being that she has just started to walk and become very independant for the first time, this would set her back. ~AGAIN~

Seems that the more she grows, the worse her legs/bones will take a beating, but, if we set her back in what she has learned, what are the chances of her progressing again, if at all??

We have already got our work cut out, she cannot be spayed, because the anesthesia will deter her forward progression and a 40% decrease in motor skills will be apparant when she awakens, meaning she will rapidly go back to not walking, and may never learn again. If she is crated too long, even through a full night, it takes her hours to get going again, along with massage, every morning.

You can see embarassment in her face in the am when she needs you to carry her, and she is getting so heavy, but we reassure her.

Do you think the casting is a good idea??The vet said if we leave it, they will just end up very bowed and can hinder her walking some, but prolly not as much as if we cast her legs, that will make them straight and stiff until her bones are developed, that could be what??? 2 years or so??No swimming, baths, rain, ??

I dunno. Poor girl, I wouldnt wish this on anyone, but glad GOD gave her to a wonderful caring family that will deal with it and care for her properly.

Just so many decisions!

Man, I have a handi capped dog, a pooing for ever dog and a dog that looks like an angry beaver!!!Lol,oh well!!
 

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When first reading this.... I want to say cast her... if in the end it will better help her, I think it would be best.

And yes it might set her back, but then it might leave her stronger after it is off to help her progress again
 

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What a tough decision. It is so hard because you don't know which would be worse. If she were to have a cast that long, would there be major problems with atrophy? Or is that going to happen anyways because of the way she favors certain legs?
 

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She doesnt favor, she is rough as heck on her legs. I think her right legs are not as coordinated as her left.


I have been still researching her condition. I have spent nearly 5 months researching it.

It sounds more and more like the wobbly dog syndrom. And today, I found that there is treatment.

Why cant the vets diagnose her??I dont want to take her in for multiple surgeries as a guinea pig, ya know???

This is rediculous!
 

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Kate said:
When first reading this.... I want to say cast her... if in the end it will better help her, I think it would be best.

And yes it might set her back, but then it might leave her stronger after it is off to help her progress again
I agree. It may be a setback at first, but will probably help more in the long run.
 

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It's really hard when the doctors don't know what is going on. I know that must be equally hard for them because they are trying to help. Are there any specialists around or are you allready at one? I know the first E.R. vet we went to thought Heidi had a huge rock in her stomache and was going to do surgery. She freaked out because she knew surgery would probably kill Heidi but not doing anything was going to kill her as well. She was able to get on the phone with an internal medicine guy that specializes in toxicity and he knew right away what was going on. If we hadn't gone up to see him, Heidi would be dead. I hate to keep compairing everything to my situation, but I feel like a "miss know it all" after going through what I just did. :roll: You've probably gotten second opinions allready but sometimes you can get a hundred opinions from all the wrong people and it won't help one bit. I would try to find the most specialized, qualified person you can. If you allready have, then disregard my message. :oops:
 

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Vets and nuerologists. Nuerologists and vets...been there. Even with the University of NC, thinking it may be the ataxia gene, nope, it is not.

All the nuerologist does is rule out distemper and west nile, menengitus, etc.

Nothing showed in the xrays, so they say.

But I think Im gonna have more, because wobbly dog, should show something in the spinal cord, and can be fixed, not 100% better, but much better.
 

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Have you tried talking to the vet schools at UGA and Auburn? They may have some new thoughts about it all, and they would both be closer to you than UNC. Just a thought.

If it were me, my first instinct would be to cast it. How long would it be on? She may learn to walk with the cast on - she seems like one determined little pup.
 

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sajoseph, you are in florida why don't you go to the vet school at UF. they are suppose to be VERY good and they are a teaching hospital so they have to be on top of everything both old and the newest of things.
 

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8-[ Oh yeah! Duh. I could have thought about UF, couldn't I? Heheh - I didn't even know UF had a vet school, really. I've just dealt with the other two.
 

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i JOINED A yAHOO GROUP RE"WOBBLER SYNDROM, BUT IT IS A HARD GROUP TO UNDERSTAND. iT IS NOT LIKE A MESSAGE BOARD. wE RECEIVE EMAILS WHENEVER A POST IS MADE, AND i KEEP RUNNING ACROSS THE PHRASE "wHEN (SO AND SO) GOT THE GOLD BEADS, IT HAS WORKED WONDERS"

I CANNOT FIND A MESSAGE OR BEGINNING TO THE REPLIES, TO FIND OUT INFO ON WHAT EVER GOLD BEADS ARE.

AND YES, MY CAPS IS STUCK!!!LOL..
 
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