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Hi all,
I haven't been on here in a fair while! life has just seemed so busy! Well last time i was on i had told you all about my vet saying that Lulu no longer has HD! As Lulu seemed so well with no lameness or discomfort at all i held off from getting a second opinion as i didnt want to put her under a GA for an x-ray if she was ok. Well a week ago friday i took her back to my usual vets for a review and for more anti-flams and painkillers and the vet decided to reduce her meds from 20KG to 10KG. We went on hols and Lu had the time of her life (even bumped into another LF user!! small world). Reducing her meds hadnt seemed to make much difference. Well this friday i noticed lu seemed a bit stiff so have been keeping an even closer eye on her. Took her for a walk up the woods yesterday and when we got home she collapsed :( her back legs just gave way. She's not been able to put any weight on her right back leg, which the vet told me was her worser one when first diagnosed, and has even been whimpering when trying to get up :( I immediately up'ed her dose again and will with out a doubt first thing tomorrow be phoning for an appointment to see a specialist. I dont care what my vet say or if it pisses her off! She told me Lulu was fine ffs! sorry just really cross :(

Not really looking for advice just needed to let off steam where people would understand how i feel

Hope everyone has been enjoying the summer

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vicki & lulu
 
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It does make me rather cross that your vet first told you she had HD and then told you she didn't anymore, when no X-rays had been taken at all. You can not diagnose HD without X-rays......you can guess but that's as good as it gets. :roll:

The trouble with painkiller and anti inflams, is they build up in system, so not only do they mask any pain, they gradually reduce any inflammation, then once the dosage is reduced it takes a while for the inflammation (and consequent pain) to build up again. A dog can only truely be classed sound if it has been off all meds for a while without any lameness/stiffness.

The only way to go with this is to have X-rays done and depending what they show, see a Specialist.
 

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hi Jules,

The vet did take x-rays when she diagnosed her but never took any to say she no longer had it! claimed that when she spayed her she could "feel" that she no longer had any problems...
 

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oh poor Lulu. I would change vets. I hope she gets better soon, she is such a lovely lab (i've added a pic of Lulu and Jayda). x

 

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Poor Lulu and poor you. I really hope she is feeling much better soon {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{ Feel better Lulu vibes }}}}}}}}}}}}}}}
 

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well i phoned specialist first thing and have an appointment on wednesday morning. They did however want Lu's notes and x-rays from my vets so i have had to be very brave and ring to sort that out. My vets will fax the notes but i'll pick the x-rays up tomorrow so i'll actually get to see the x-rays for the first time. The consultation alone is £75!!! 8O Lulu is insured but i have to pay out first...God knows how i'll do that if she does need a hip replacement as i've heard they're about £2000 a hip!!!!!!!

so will keep u update on wednesday. Lulu at the mo is still limping badly bless her, i really hope we can get some good answers now :)
 

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Hi all,

Well Lulu went to see the specialist this morning. He was LOVELY and explained everything in great detail and Lulu liked him too! :) Well from my previous vets xray he could see she has severe hip dysplaysia in her right hip...even i could see it! He gave her an examination and has booked her in for the hip replacement op next wednesday! He'll take an xray first but feels that she will almost certainly need it replacing.

Thank god for insurance as its at least £3,500!!!

So thats our update...im cacking it now! lol
 

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If it showed up that much on xray how on earth can the first vet have thought it had gone!, HD doesn`t just go away sadly, sometimes it can be managed others it needs an op and replacement.

Hope all goes well with the op and Lulu can get back to being a happy pain free girl again :)
 

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Hope all goes well with sorting Lulu out. Sounds like a bit of a mess of a diagnosis from other vet.
 
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claimed that when she spayed her she could "feel" that she no longer had any problems...
8O 8O Beggars belief really. I wonder how on earth they thought a severely deformed hip joint could suddenly get "better" with just Painkiller and Anti Inflams. Yes you can control the pain but the joint won't remould itself.

Which Specialist did you see? Just wondered as you're in Kent if you were referred to Noel Fitzpatrick in Surrey.
 

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Which Specialist did you see? Just wondered as you're in Kent if you were referred to Noel Fitzpatrick in Surrey.
Nope its a guy called Andrew Wills in Faversham. Lovely guy, seemed really gentle and told me all the good points and possible bad out comes :)
 

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Oh no :( :( So sorry to hear poor Lulu probably has to have a hip replacement,it's so annoying what you've been told by your vet about HD getting better.Still at least now you're able to get things sorted and hope you're vet feels ashamed.Lots of people here been through replacements as you know so lots of advice.Wishing you and Lulu all the best for Wednesday keep your chin up Vicki,Lulu will get sorted
 

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Sorry to hear about Lulu's hips, but at least you now have a diagnosis, and know that you'll be able to sort it out so she can live a happy and pain free life after her operation. ~~~~~~~~~~ Loads of vibes for her op, and a speedy recovery ~~~~~~~~~~

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Poor Lulu, but at least you have a solution now. Thank goodness.

{{{{{{{[[[[vibes for Lulu}}}}}}}}}
 

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vick1 said:
Hi all,

Well Lulu went to see the specialist this morning. He was LOVELY and explained everything in great detail and Lulu liked him too! :) Well from my previous vets xray he could see she has severe hip dysplaysia in her right hip...even i could see it! He gave her an examination and has booked her in for the hip replacement op next wednesday! He'll take an xray first but feels that she will almost certainly need it replacing.

Thank god for insurance as its at least £3,500!!!

So thats our update...im cacking it now! lol
Hope it all goes well, you get what you pay for.

Rubys left hip was £4500 plus VAT

Hope she's doing well.....


Mega hugs
 

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Just caught up with this. So sorry that the second vet was wrong and she does have HD.

Sounds like you have a good specialist and Lulu will be in good hands. there are plenty on here whose dogs have gone thru the operation so any advice or questions.. just post and you'll get good advice :D

Fingers and paws crossed for next wednesday
 
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