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It started with an intermittent hind leg limp, most often occurring after resting after playing hard, the limp quite noticeable on rising but fading as he used the leg. Thinking it was an injury, that would heal in time, he was put on restricted activities for a couple of weeks, and he seemed to heal, but soon the limp was back again. A vet exam and two sets of x-rays about 6 weeks apart, revealed no discernible cause and he was given anti-inflammatory and rested again, he improved, then it returned again. Our vet, determined to find the reason for the recurring hind leg limp, requested that we have another set of x-rays done about a month later, in the meantime Cache had developed an intermittent front leg limp, the x-rays revealed a preliminary diagnosis of Osteochondritis Dissecans, in both his front and hind left leg, and we were told to get him seen and evaluated by an orthopedic vet. A physical exam and all x-rays viewed by the orthopedic vet and forwarded to another specialist for a second opinion revealed that OCD is indeed what we are dealing with, and he is (most likely) going to be needing surgery. Heart breaking news to hear.
So our journey begins. Cache was put on anti-inflammatory medication for a week, as well as pain management which he will continue to take for as long as necessary. His 'wings' have been 'clipped' no more chasing ball, no running, jumping or playing with his best friend, leash walks only and lots, and lots and lots of 'brain games'. The second specialist will be seeing Cache soon for a 'hands on' exam, and to answer the many questions ripping through our minds and ultimately see us, along with the other orthopedic vet, through the whole process of getting Cache well and back on his feet and 'flying' again. Fingers crossed all goes well!
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I'm so sorry, I don't have any experience with this either.

Hope the surgery goes well, wishing Cache a speedy recovery so he can get back to what he's meant to be doing. It's got to be a challenge keeping him quiet and immobile.
 

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I am so sorry that Cache is going through this. If anyone can best help him manage this, it's you. Get well soon, Cache.
 

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Poor Cache.Good luck with his treatment.

Honey had surgery for OCD before she was a year old. A piece of cartilage smaller than a piece of rice caused all her pain. She's been fine since.

Thank you!
Good to hear there was/is such a good outcome for Honey!
 

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The hardest part was keeping her quiet, leash walked to do business only then rest for 6 weeks! All her fun toys were hidden away. We're forever thankful to the vet who performed the surgery. Honestly, she hasn't had any lameness/limp since, she just turned 8.
 

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The hardest part was keeping her quiet, leash walked to do business only then rest for 6 weeks! All her fun toys were hidden away. We're forever thankful to the vet who performed the surgery. Honestly, she hasn't had any lameness/limp since, she just turned 8.
Thank you for sharing your experience with this surgery, having an idea what to expect is really helpful.
I can imagine it will be quite a challenge, though he is on week two of restricted exercise and so far, has done well with extra short walks and brain games. He is truly not happy that his favorite toys disappeared, his coffee can and jolly ball have 'vanished', the fetch balls are all up on a shelf.
We have an appointment Monday, the 17th with the specialist for his pre-op exam, and then we take it from there.

It is hard on the heart to have to put a puppy through something like this, but, if it gives him a chance at a pain free future, it will be worth it.
 

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We had our pre-surgery visit this morning, and Cache is scheduled for surgery in early January. The shoulder surgery will be done via arthroscopy, if it is confirmed by x-rays (taken the morning of the surgery) that he needs surgery on his left hock as well (right now it appears that he does) it will be done at the same time and (most likely) be an open surgery due to the complexity and size of the hock joint. The prognosis for the shoulder surgery is good, most dogs do really well after they have healed, he said the hock surgery is a bit more iffy, dogs tend to get arthritis in that joint once they get older.
So for now, we keep him comfortable with pain management, and continue to restrict his activities.
 

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It was tough to hear, to have no choice, no other option, but to do the surgery, that is for sure, but at least now we have an idea what direction this journey will take and will do everything we can to make it a successful one - for Cache's sake!
 
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