Wednesday, 3 September 2008

It's confirmed.

Holden does indeed have OCD. Definitely of his right shoulder, probably of his left as well. We got a referral to the orthopedic surgeon in Dallas so we will probably be scheduling that when we get back from CA. The GOOD news is that the Vet says that if we intend on doing the surgery, then it wont really do any harm to let him be a puppy on our trip instead of keeping him kenneled the whole time. She said that the only thing it might do is irritate the joint a bit and cause more limping, but that it will be self limiting so if he has pain he should calm down and rest himself.

Here's a couple of the x-rays. If you click on them they should get bigger so you can see where I noted the problem.

Here's a link to a page about half way down on the right side there is a video that shows actually inside the joint, the cartilage flap, and the surgeon removing the flap.

Shoulder OCD Arthroscopy

Poor Holden Dog. He's such a sweet puppy! The other good thing is, recovery from surgery is only 2 weeks, and he will be good as new. It has a very high success rate (in thge 90-95% area) so this should fix him up good with no side effects since we caught it early enough. So, that's whats up with that!

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