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I am so very sorry Jill, for you and poor Tango. I know how much you review pedigrees and breeders for health, temperament etc. Some things you just can't predict.
Tango is in my thoughts and prayers for a safe surgery and good recovery.
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So sorry to hear your news.

Has anyone suggested adequan injections starting right after surgery to minimise arthritis? I've know a few people use it after acl surgeries, and hip surgries with good results. It doesn't seem to be effective once arthritis has set in, Ive tired it with arthritic and dysplastic rescues.
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Originally Posted by Ljilly28 View Post
Thanks everyone. It was definitely not the year to quit teaching! The vet bills are bigger than the morgage, and I gave Tango's crate away to little Fenway. On the brighter side I made the orthopedist xray Tally too, and he has elbows completely normal and hips either good or excellent depending on OFA, so that is one relief. I was so paranoid about every move Tally made all week once Tango's elbows looked so bad, that I just had to know. I hope Tango is not going to be in pain long term- the surgery is her best chance at a normal life. She will have arthritis though, no matter what is done to help her. Breaks my heart to think about. . .
Financially it might have not been the best of decisions, but you'll have the time to devote to her recovery and rehab which is a HUGE positive. Once she's through surg and rehab, you might want to look into various modalities to keep the arthritis at bay..... hydrotherapy, supplements, accupuncture if needed, etc. You know we'll be saying our prayers....

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I'm SO sorry! Hugs to you and Tango! Hope things are manageable.
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Originally Posted by Ljilly28 View Post
Poor Tango has moderate/severe elbow dysplasia with no OCD but "kissing lesions", and will have double surgery at 6:15 am( early bird specialist). I am devestated bc there really isnt so much a cure as there is managment. I just don't want her to be in pain. I did so much homework and clearance checking in choosing her, made sure she took only "puppy class" in agility and field work so no jumping, and kept her really trim- but still, she has it. I am pretty crushed about my girl and fearful about the future.
If you were in New Haven Dr. Pond is now doing elbow replacements. I posted the info on here a while ago. I'm so sorry about this diagnosis, but I'd contact him. I emailed him before Shadow needed his THR and he was kind enough to email be back and we were not even clients!

Dr. Melvyn Pond B.V.M.S., M.R.C.V.S., Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons, one of the foremost Board Certified veterinary surgeons in the region, performs orthopedic and general surgery at Central Hospital. Dr. Pond graduated from the University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine and has held teaching and research positions at the University of Pennsylvania, University of Georgia, University of Glasgow and the Yale University School of Medicine

In 1982, he established a surgical referral practice in Connecticut and has been associated with Central Hospital since that time. He does the majority of his procedures at this hospital. Because we are staffed with doctors and technicians 24-hours a day, we are able to provide his patients with the highest level of monitoring and treatment both before and after surgery. Dr. Pond's patients are generally referred to him by the veterinarian responsible for their routine care.

Dr. Pond performs a wide range of orthopedic procedures including, but not limited to, Anterior Cruciate Ligament Replacement, Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy to manage anterior cruciate ligament tears, Total Hip Replacement, Fracture Repair, Spinal Surgery, and Arthroscopy. Dr. Pond is one of twenty veterinary surgeons in the United States performing the recently introduced Total Elbow Replacement surgery. Also, general surgery of the chest, abdomen, head and neck is regularly performed by Dr. Pond at Central Hospital. When appropriate, he will use minimally invasive surgical techniques.

Dr. Pond is available for consultation in person and by telephone to discuss your pet's problems, help with diagnoses and guide you through the process of deciding the most appropriate treatment.


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My Kaycee Had Luxating Patellas---both Knees--and There Was None In Her Family History. She Had An Enlarged Heart--none In Her Family. There Were Other Things As Well. My Vet Said She Was A Fluke--but How I Love That Fluke And Would Have Taken Her Even Knowing What Was A Head.

I Am So Sorry Tht Your You Poor Tnago Has To Go Thru This And I Dosay Start On Jointsups Right Away. Believe It Or Not, Knox Nutra Joint Plus Glucosamine Is Great. My Buck Developed Arthritis At About Age 11 And He Was Slow Geting Up And Down, Coulnd't Sretch His Back Legs Ut Behind Him. Etc. Now Once Up, He Would Trot Instead Of Walk, It Was Just The Getting Up And Down. On An All Breed Forum One Talked Abut How It Had Helped Her And She Used It On Her Old Dog And It Helped Him. Several Used It And Said It Worked. She Told Me It Would Take Abut 3 Months Before I Would See The Difference.

To Be Ruthful I Was Not Not Really Expecint To See A Change, But In 2 1/2 Months Thee Was A Change--hewas Getting Up And Down Faster And Then Oe Day He Stretched His Back Lets Out Behind Him A Sort Distance--something He Had Not Done In Months. Hubby Came In Offthe Road And I Neer Thought To Tell Him And Suddenly He Wa Shouting At Me That Buck Hd Sreched His Legs Behind Him. Jery Was Thrilled That Our Old Man Hd Done That. And He Wa So Impressed Tht He Started Taing The Pill Version--i Used The Powdered For Buck, 1/2 Scoop Over His Spper, Andwa Also Giving It To Kaycee. She Hadhad The Knee Surgeries At 16 Months And 14 Months Alter. She Was Not Showing Signs Of Arthrits At 7, But I Started Her On It Anyway. It Can Be Found In The Joint Sup Setion At Walmart.

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Healing thoughts and roooooooooooos to both of you. Please know all of us will be thinking of you both tomorrow and keeping all paws crossed.
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I am so sorry, Jill. I know this is so worrisome for you, but you are doing your absolute best for her. This seems very unusual to me, as most Goldens I know who have elbow dysplasia end up with it in only one elbow. Poor Tango-her bad luck. You know that it is nothing you have done, especially with it being in both elbows, and you are going the extra mile for your girl.

Keep us posted on her progress.

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oh no Jill.... I'm so sorry....
Please know you and your Miss Tango will be in my thoughts and prayers....

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At least she has a wonderful mother like you who is doing everything humanly possible to give her the best chance at a long and rich life. A good surgeon and meds go along way. I know that you will suffer more than she will but I also know that she will come through with flying colors and enjoy her life dispite this issue. Let us know tomorrow as soon as you can how she does.

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