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Just writing this as I currently don't know where to put myself! Bailey the school dog (see Working Dogs section) was diagnosed with OCD and FCP in both elbows at Fitzpatrick Referrals yesterday. Noel Fitzpatrick kept him there and then to operate but phoned me yesterday evening to say that Bailey had begun to vomit so they had to bring him out of anaesthetic. He was kept in and they are operating on him again today. All I can do is wait to hear something!

I would love to hear from anyone who has experienced positive outcomes from such operations. Bailey is only 23 weeks old - I wasn't expecting to be going through such traumas with him just yet!
 
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Hope everything goes ok with Bailey today.I can't help you as Roxie is only 13 weeks but I'm sure someone will be able to chat with you soon.
Please let us know how the op goes.
 

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Only that it's one of the best places to be!!!

Ruby has been treated so well there, Bailey is in good hands, tell him the guy with the funny t shirts says hello!!!

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Oh Poor Bailey, such a young pup to have problems already.

As Gareth said, he really is in the best hands though and if anyone can fix him, Noel can.

My Mojo has FCP, although hers wasn't diagnosed until she was 14 months old. She was seen by Noel and he did the Arthroscopies. Thankfully, nothing had actually fragmented off into the joint, so she didn't have any reconstructive surgery and she was just sent home on cage rest and restricted exercise for a few weeks, until the hairline fractures in her elbows had healed.

Mojo is 5 years old now and lives a very active life. She does have Arthritis but we keep this in check with Cartrophen jabs and supplements and it is only if she really overdoes things, she goes a little lame. Other than that she lives the same life all my dogs have done, so there definitely IS life after and Elbow Dysplasia diagnosis. :wink:
 

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I havn`t experied OCD/FCP but from what I`ve read here the dogs go on to lead great lives afterwards, sounds as though Bailey`s has been caught early and hopefully he`ll be fine after the op, I`ve only heard good things about Noel too, everyone who`s seen him (or rather their dog has) has sung his praises.

Thinking of you and sending ~~~~~~~~~~~Healing Vobes~~~~~~~~~~ to Bailey and hope he has a good recovery :)
 

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Just wanted to say that hope Bailey's op goes well and he bounces back to health soon.
 

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Charlie has had an arthroscopy on both elbows. He is fully recovered with no limp.

Our specialist said the op has the best success rate in a younger dog so I'm sure if you follow the after care programme to the letter Bailey will lead a full and normal life soon.
 

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Thank you so much for all of your kind replies. I'm afraid that the news is just about as bad as it would be. Noel told be that Bailey's is a very bad case and he would have preferred to perform more radical surgery (Sliding Humeral Osteotomy) but can't until Bailey is fully grown. As it is, having been through fairly invasive surgery, Bailey is now likely to have to go back to have this more radical surgery in a few year's time. Given the state that the poor little feller is in at the moment, I just don't know whether this is something that I could put him through. Gutted, as they say...........
 
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I'm sorry Noel didn't have better news for you.

Try not to think too far ahead at the moment, just get Bailey through this op first. He is still growing, so there is always a possibility his joints will alter slightly in his favour as they grow.

I was also told Mojo may need more surgery later on in life but so far (and I'm touching wood while saying this) we seem to have got away with that one.

What did Noel say Bailey had.....FCP? Have you informed Bailey's breeder too as they should know, in case they repeat the mating? Were both parent dogs Elbow Scored, btw? I couldn't find any pups from 2 Elbow Scored dogs when I got Mojo and I often wonder what their elbows were like, as Noel was adamant FCP was an hereditary condition.
 

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Thank you Jules. Bailey has OCD and FCP - a pretty bad case according to Noel. His parents had been hip scored but not elbow scored. Of course, I didn't understand as much about all of this when I got him as I do now; having gone through this with Bailey, I feel very strongly that something needs to be done about the perpetuation of such debilitating conditions in these wonderful dogs. As you say, Noel is adamant (and I would like to meet the person who would argue with him) that these conditions are genetically inherited and definitely not the result of over-exercise or diet as some would suggest.
 

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Nothing useful to add other than very best wishes and healing vibes to you both.

Keep us posted to how he gets on. Hopefully he'll be back at school soon.
 
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having gone through this with Bailey, I feel very strongly that something needs to be done about the perpetuation of such debilitating conditions in these wonderful dogs.
I know exactly where you are coming from. I was so angry at the world when I found out about Mojo's elbows. Now I've had time to to calm down and find out more, I'm not so sure Elbow Scoring ensures good elbows anyway. Like Hip Scoring, you can get parents and grandparents with good scores, yet they occasionally throw a completely Dysplastic dog. There seems to be an element of "Luck" with joints. :(

I initially got my knickers in a twist over the whole joints thing, so much so I very nearly bought a Labradoodle as my next pup because I wanted to get as far away from Pedigree dogs as I could but still roughly know what I was getting.

To date I've had no luck with Pedigree animals, although I'm truely hoping to have a healthy pup this time. Pickle's breeder certainly did all she could to ensure it and I'm doing all I can this end too. If I'm unlucky enough to end up with another Pedigree pet with genetic problems, I shall be going for Mongrels all the way in future, as I've never had an ounce of problems with them.
 
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