Hi!! I'm new here, and will head over to the introductory forums shortly, but I actually come with a question.
Does anyone here have any experience with dogs who have a cartilage injury? Tuesday of last week, I noticed my 70lb, 4 year old pit had a slight limp. Him and my other dog play pretty crazy most of the time, so I kind of shrugged it off as something that would pass. Wednesday, my poor boy was still slightly limping. I did some things here at home, check his feet, squeeze his toes, look for any obvious signs of trauma but there was nothing, I also noticed that standing still he was full weight bearing on the leg, only walking seemed to bother him. I crated him so he'd stay calm and quiet, and I went to work. Wednesday night after work I didn't notice the limp. By Thursday, it was back. So, I called the vet who told me that this could be any number of things, and they could make him an appointment for Monday. With no obvious signs of trauma they didn't figure it was an emergency, neither did I. So we booked the appointment for Monday. Over the course of the weekend I tried to keep track of what he was struggling with, which turned out to be nothing, while he was still limping, he was able to come up the stairs to bed, get on and off the couch, and even tried to play with my other dog which I put a stop to right away by baby gating them in different rooms. Whatever was wrong I didn't want them to make it worse. But I was happy to see that he at least wanted to play, and it didn't seem painful for him to do so. Fast forward to Monday, I took the day off for his appointment. We get to the vet, and he has no limp what so ever. Even though, he limped out to the car to even go to the vet. The vet told me he probably just wasn't thinking about it because there's so much excitement and he's so happy to see the other dogs, and people there. They moved his feet and his legs all over, in every direction, no indication of pain what so ever. Ran him up and down the hallway, still no limp. The vet remarked that his gait is actually very good, exactly what they'd look for in a healthy dog his age. Great news!! So why is he limping at home? I decided to go ahead with the x-ray, expensive but it was going to be the only way to really find out what was going on. At the very top of of his shoulder joint there is a piece of cartilage that is torn. The spot was so small, we could barely even pick it up on the x-ray. The vet did say we could get a better idea with an MRI but to the tune of $1,400 I decided to skip that, for now. I asked the vet a lot of questions, about healing, surgery, other options. My vet has been my vet for 15 years, maybe longer, and he's great. But I thought it would help me to reach out to other people who may have experienced this with their dogs. If he's not better in a couple of weeks, I'll have to do the MRI followed by an almost $3,000 surgery.
I guess it's a good thing I used my taxes to pay off my credit card debt this year. I might need it. I'm wondering if any of your dogs have actually healed from an injury like this on their own? He is taking Deramaxx and Dasiquinn now, the vet sent home yesterday. I'm also wondering if anyone has done the surgery, what that was like and how the healing process went.
Any stories you'd like to share, or advice you have would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!