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Hi All,

Rolo has been to the vets and he believes that he has OCD
Young large and giant breed dogs are particularly prone to a condition called Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD), which is caused by problems in their joint cartilage. The disease causes considerable pain and lameness and may need surgical treatment in severe cases. However, the incidence of the disease can be greatly reduced through responsible breeding and careful nutrition and exercise of growing pups.

He is going back ti the vets in a week or to for Xrays and an endoscope, has anyone's pups had this?
He's on pain killers and is looking a lil better but im still really worried about him.

Also please send him your get well vibes!

Thanks All x
 
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Oh Paul, Poor Rolo!

Sorry I don't have any advice as I'm very new to all this, just wanted to send lots of {{{{{{{{get well}}}}}}}} vibes for Rolo and ((((((((hugs)))))))) for you.

Keep us updated with how he's getting on.

Anita & Rueben
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Oh I'm sorry to hear this. That is what my vet thought Mojo had but it turned out to be a different form of ED, called FCP (Fragmented Coronoid Processes). There have been a few OCD cases on here and after they have had their ops they have been fine. It's just a bit gut wrenching when you first find out.
 

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So sorry to hear this. My first Lab, Tarka, had OCD in his elbow. He was operated on, and with the help of homeopathic remedies lived a good and full life, including picking up on the shoot until the end. He was the sweetest most loving dog, everyone adored him, and he had a great life.

Do not despair, although it is a horrible thing to find out, Rolo should still have a full life ahead of him, with careful management.

Best wishes

Katy
 

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KMH said:
with the help of homeopathic remedies lived a good and full life,
Katy, what remedies did you use? id like to start preparing and im also reading up on it.

Cheers everyone :)
 

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Poor Rolo, hope all goes well when he goes back to the vet sending lots of {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{be ok }}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}} vibes.
 

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Wait until your vet has a full diagnoses. Then follow their advice. Tarka had an op, and was on Rimadil post op. Then he had an assortment of homeopathic treatments until the homopathic vet found the ones to suit him. To be honest I can't remember now as it was years ago and the remedies changed as he got older. The last few years he had rimadil daily, and lots of supplements too. Accupuncture also helped as did swimming.

Take it bit by bit. There is no rush. I know it is really overwhelming at this stage but it will fall into place depending on what the vet sees when he looks in depth.

Try not to worry - Tarka was living proof of a dog with OCD, a good vet, and a full life

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So sorry to hear that Rolo has possible OCD. Mac has elbow dysplasia in both elbows and the term elbow dysplasia covers OCD (Osteochondritis Dissecans), UAP (Ununited Aconceal Process) and FCP (Fragmented medial Coronoid Process). Mac had OCD and FCP in both elbows. He started limping at 5 months old, had his left elbow operated on at 6 months old and then the right elbow three weeks after that. The operation involved an arthroscopy (camera and scraping out of the joint) of each elbow but also Mac had his ulnars broken and 2cm of bone removed. It seemed devastating at the time. However the good news is Mac is now over 2 years old and his legs are great (he has other health issues but that is another story!). He even managed to climb to the top of Snowdon in May this year and back down without any limp and there wasn't anything even the day after.

A lot of OCD can be managed conservatively without the need for surgery but if surgery is recommended I do think from our experience it is worth it. They will limp afterwards, need restricted exercise and sometimes even crate rest but it is worth it in the end.

My big bit of advice to everybody is surgery or no surgery is hydrotherapy. It did wonders for Mac...it is no impact, burns off all that lab/puppy energy and builds muscle to help the joint function better.

Really hope it isn't OCD but it isn't the end of the world if it is.

There are loads of other LF people who's labs have gone through the same with very good results.

Please let me know if you have any more questions

Healing vibes being sent Rolo's way

Juliet and Mac
 

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Healing vibes for Rolo.

Coal had a different sort of problem - with his knee but i'd second Hydrotherapy as something to think about. It helped build him up before the op without putting stress on the joint and then helped him recover and rebuild his muscles and movement after the surgery
 

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Sorry to hear this, no experience of it myself but wanted to give you my good wishes and hope all goes well for Rolo :)
 

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Sorry to hear about poor Rolo
Have you been to see a specialist? I know you're in Derbyshire so I would really recommend Charlie's specialist who is at Hucknall, North Notts.
It's called 'East Midlands Referral Ltd'. It was part of Buckley House but they've just moved the referral part to fabulous new premises (we've been tonight with Charlie).
Graham Oliver will give you the best advice for the best treatment for Rolo. Charlie has had both his elbows operated on and they are perfectly fine now.
Let me know if you want a phone number
 

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Oh sorry to hear that Rolo has OCD :( I have no experience of this but I know many members have, sending Rolo massive {{{{healing vibes}}}

I do hope your boy recovers fully :? Which I am sure he will :)
 

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Ruby was diagnosed with FCP too, she is walking great just 5 weeks after the op, she only needed the equivalent of a hoover out of the bits of bone, so it could all be very simple, or just a bit more work 8)

I'm sure everything will be fine
 
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