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 #2240769


KrazyKelli
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So once in a blue moon, one of Yukito the corgi’s front legs would pop out. I believe it’s purely genetics as he’s always had this problem, more so when he was obese. Nowadays it happens maybe twice a year, like when he jumps on the stairs and lands wrong.

Anyway, the vet told me to bring him in when it happened next and she’ll see what’s going on mid-limp to get a grasp on the situation. I’m cool with this.

And on Saturday morning it happened. He randomly didn’t feel like using his one front leg. I called the office. The vet I normally use isn’t in, but some male vet was... So they told me to let my dog suffer for four hours, then take him in on an expensive ’emergency’ appointment.


... I normally don’t let my dog suffer. What I normally do is massage his leg until it pops (quite dramatically) back in place...... Then he walks perfectly normal again. Letting him suffer is foreign to me. Why? I don’t understand.

Over the four hours he was miserable, but he gradually started putting some form of weight back on the paw again. When I brought him to the vet, he acted like nothing was wrong, but it was noticeable that he was still somewhat lame. Mr. Vet flexed Yuki’s leg, told me it wasn’t pieces of bone or tissue glomped up in the joint, then instantly concluded it was ’degenerative arthritis’ and prescribed me expensive liquid painkillers. He told me it was pointless to do an x-ray as it wouldn’t fix anything, and to come back in 2 weeks to give my dog permanent old-dog medication.


I took the pain killers, but man... I should tell you up front that I don’t like this Mr. Vet. My mother use to go to him when the evil dog was still alive, and he fully intended to milk her for all she was worth to keep the dog alive as long as possible. I know his type. My cats once had ear mites and he told me to give them flea-tick medication to the back of the necks to get rid of it. 40 bucks per cat. It did NOTHING for the earmites... That was when I went to my current vet, who is blunt, honest, and truthful with me... So now you know a little history leading to my current situation.


Since I took so long to massage my dog, his muscle is cramped up and he’ll probably be a little lame until I either find the problem and pop it back into place correctly, or it goes back in gradually on its own. I think that Mr. Vet could have worked it back into place incorrectly as well, which may have made the issue a further pain in the butt.

Yuki hates the medicine and refuses to take it. It also spaces him out. Any idea of what kind of food I can combine it with to make him eat it? Mr. Vet told me that the cheaper pills were a pain in the butt for getting correct dosage, and would be hard to get the dog to take.........

When I’ve been giving deep-tissue massages, I’ve felt a little bit of tense muscle or something in the front upper arm. If I move it in a circular motion, I feel a gentle pop up either in the elbow or the shoulder. When I massage him, he tends to put more weight on the leg when he walks. Should I do anything else? Or just give him very hardcore massages until it 1. pops back in place or 2. heals itself?


I’m peeved by this whole situation. And I’m stuck. What can I do? I’m expected to come back in 2 weeks to get more medicine. They’re going to empty my wallet over this, unless my good vet comes up with another diagnosis that makes a little more sense.



10/16/11  07:40pm

 #2240776


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  Message To: KrazyKelli   In reference to Message Id: 2240769


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Go to a different vet a 2nd opinion wnt hurt if anything it might actually help sorry to hear about your dog tho



10/16/11  08:25pm

 #2241184


KrazyKelli
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  Message To: Bob and Yoshi   In reference to Message Id: 2240776


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Thanks, Bob, thanks Yoshi.

I’ve decided that, when the painkillers are over with and I’m forced to take the dog back, I’ll see the vet I trust. His shoulder currently looks a little inflamed, and I feel a very slight pop when I do a hard massage. I’ve also read up on arthritis in older dogs and what to expect. I may have my vet do an x-ray just to get another, more internal look at what’s going on.


Meanwhile, Yuki has been running around with toys, eating up all the attention he’s been getting, has had no trouble on walks, and his limp hasn’t gotten any worse... Fact, outside of him favoring the one leg and the shoulder poofiness, he’s not limping at all. The only thing he has had some hesitancy on is going down stairs... Only down. No trouble going up them.



10/19/11  10:08pm

 #2241217


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  Message To: KrazyKelli   In reference to Message Id: 2241184


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you might to ask the vet about ccosequin to get an opinion on that as well I heard that its for joint and bone issues like arthiritis



10/20/11  08:34am

 #2241278


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  Message To: Bob and Yoshi   In reference to Message Id: 2241217


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Its his hip coming out of place its called a clicky hip. A lot of dogs can be born with problems like this which are first caused by the pup being pushed out the wrong way. Or it can be caused by the dog falling and badly dislocating his hip and it not healing properly resulting in it being weak and the problem happening whenever he falls or bangs his leg



10/20/11  04:26pm

 #2241341


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  Message To: Lizardloveruk87   In reference to Message Id: 2241278


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But this isn’t his hip. And isn’t hip dispasea. It’s his shoulder. Two or three years ago he had a full xray to his shoulder and arm when he sprained his lower arm and they didn’t find anything weird like that then. But telling me this is cool, I’ll take it into consideration for when I see the vet I trust and bring it up. I do want to consider every avenue.

On the by, I don’t know if I brought this up before... But what if Yuki sprained or pulled something up in his shoulder? When he sprained his arm before, I was told not to walk him for 2 weeks and to keep him from stairs... He healed fairly quickly. With this recent vet visit, I was told to walk him constantly and get his arm moving. It’s completely backwards to last time is what I’m getting at. Do I run the risk of making his arm worse by getting him to fetch the toy and walk around the block?


Bob&Yo, isn’t Cossequin for humans only? I’ve never heard of it for dogs.



10/20/11  10:19pm

 #2241372


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  Message To: KrazyKelli   In reference to Message Id: 2241341


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Ignore the last cosequin comment. All drugs sound alike to me on the tele. I now know what you’re referring to. I’ll bring it up to the vet.



10/21/11  06:45am

 #2243498


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  Message To: KrazyKelli   In reference to Message Id: 2241372


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Dog’s been seen by the better vet, and today he’s in for xrays to make sure he has no weird bone chips up in his shoulder. He also has a new nerve-problem in his back foot, which they attribute to either him also piffing his spine when he hurt his shoulder, or the limp miffing with his spine a little. She told me the nerve thing was common in dogs like Yuki.

I’ve also been given Dasuquin.

The xrays are also being taken to see if he has arthritis and to what extent.



11/08/11  09:35am

 #2243561


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  Message To: KrazyKelli   In reference to Message Id: 2243498


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Random update again. They found something with the x-rays and sent them to an orthopedic bone specialist for another professional look at it. He has these bone growths, like spurs, coming off both of his elbows. They’re immediately guessing that it’s genetic as he’s had problems with his front legs popping out since he was little. Dunno what step they’ll recommend next, though I did look up elbow displasia.

The good news is that his shoulders look great and they said he has no signs of arthritis.

They’ve yet to get an x-ray of his back, which will probably be done in the far future. Right now we’re focusing on his front legs, cause the vet I trust said that was more urgent.



11/08/11  08:19pm

 #2245978


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  Message To: KrazyKelli   In reference to Message Id: 2240769


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hey, long time since i’ve been on here! first post i see is yours lol! wow...sounds like you’re having some issues here. firstly...the earmite situation; it is true that earmites don’t only live in the ear but they also live on the coat as well. so therefore putting a flea medication on the cats will help prevent reinfection but does nothing for the ones in the ears (so i’ve been taught). so they should’ve gotten the flea med AND actual medication to put in their ears as well.

just wondering...has an x-ray ever been done to diagnose anything going on with his leg before? if it is in fact arthritis (which it could very well be) then i don’t think long term pain meds is the solution. i would say keep some pain PILLS around for cold/bad days he has. and i don’t see how giving a pill is hard at all...we do it all the time! however the very BEST medicine for him, if that is what he has, is going to be a high quality glucosamine chondroitin. not all of these are made equal so it’s important to get a good one. he needs to be on this for the rest of his life. the brand we carry is called dasuquin. it’s a treat that’s given daily. this helps the joints produce what they need to in order to help them function and ease the pain of arthritis. arthritis isn’t a problem to be cured...but has to be controlled.

also...what kind of food is he on? you probably told me a long time ago. but sometimes food is the best medicine for them. a high quality dog food not only helps their skin and coat, but it also helps their immune system, bone growth and joints.

i don’t see why an x-ray wasn’t done. i mean my friend just took her lab to the vet who tried to tell her that the dog’s hip was out of place. i told her if the dog’s hip was out of place she wouldn’t walk on it and to go back for an x-ray. so she did...and the vet found the dog just had arthritis. of course i know you already know that corgis have genetic problems and it sounds like yours is no exception. i would recommend an x-ray just to be sure...and a good joint supplement. hope this helps!



12/02/11  11:08pm

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Rae rae
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  Message To: KrazyKelli   In reference to Message Id: 2240769


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hey, long time since i’ve been on here! first post i see is yours lol! wow...sounds like you’re having some issues here. firstly...the earmite situation; it is true that earmites don’t only live in the ear but they also live on the coat as well. so therefore putting a flea medication on the cats will help prevent reinfection but does nothing for the ones in the ears (so i’ve been taught). so they should’ve gotten the flea med AND actual medication to put in their ears as well.

just wondering...has an x-ray ever been done to diagnose anything going on with his leg before? if it is in fact arthritis (which it could very well be) then i don’t think long term pain meds is the solution. i would say keep some pain PILLS around for cold/bad days he has. and i don’t see how dosing a pill is hard for the vet...we do it all the time! however the very BEST medicine for him, if that is what he has, is going to be a high quality glucosamine chondroitin. not all of these are made equal so it’s important to get a good one. he needs to be on this for the rest of his life. the brand we carry is called dasuquin. it’s a treat that’s given daily. this helps the joints produce what they need to in order to help them function and ease the pain of arthritis. arthritis isn’t a problem to be cured...but has to be controlled.

also...what kind of food is he on? you probably told me a long time ago. but sometimes food is the best medicine for them. a high quality dog food not only helps their skin and coat, but it also helps their immune system, bone growth and joints.

i don’t see why an x-ray wasn’t done. i mean my friend just took her lab to the vet who tried to tell her that the dog’s hip was out of place. i told her if the dog’s hip was out of place she wouldn’t walk on it and to go back for an x-ray. so she did...and the vet found the dog just had arthritis. of course i know you already know that corgis have genetic problems and it sounds like yours is no exception. i would recommend an x-ray just to be sure...and a good joint supplement. hope this helps!



12/02/11  11:12pm

 #2246274


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  Message To: Rae rae   In reference to Message Id: 2245979


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Did you read the entire thread before writing all that, RaeRae? I put a bunch of updates over the xrays taken and results later in the thread. ^^` They told me he has no signs of arthritis and other stuff. It’s all up there.

I use to give him a brand of food that was just chicken, and just rice. Recently I’ve switched to a similar brand, but with extra stuff for senior dogs. Then I give him baby carrots, broccoli, and other vitamin-rich stuff for treats. He’s a healthy weight for his size and age. And yes, the vets gave me Dasuquin.


He has up and down days. But every day he runs back and forth with toys and takes a decent walk. His newly found weird neurological problem with his one back foot is only causing him issues when walking on the slick floor (and this is rarely), and not at all on the carpet or concrete.



12/05/11  03:21pm

 #2247111


Rae rae
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  Message To: KrazyKelli   In reference to Message Id: 2246274


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Ok, well I do apologize because no I didn’t see those at all. My computer/internet has really evidently been messing up. As you see...everything I post seems to post twice for some reason...i don’t know why? Don’t know what in the world happened there! When I looked at your post it showed that nobody had commented...weird I know! Anyway...I’m glad it wasn’t anything too severe...and I’m glad that you do have him on dasuquin.



12/14/11  01:10am


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