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Hi everyone,

First of all, thanks for all the amazing posts over the years about elbow dysplasia. They've already helped ease my mind a bit.

Our little Pepe was diagnosed yesterday with ED in both legs. He has had surgery today to remove fragments and a fissure. The vet said the surgery went well but his joints are in a bad state. When he talks to me he uses the voice people use when they are delivering VERY bad news. I know that there is a chance we may have to put Pepe to sleep if things get really bad but I can't work out if he's talking to me in that voice because he thinks that's likely for us or just because it is really bad news that Pepe has ED. What are other people's experiences? Do we have reason to be hopeful or should we be preparing ourselves for the worst?

Thanks for your help.
Katherine (and Pepe)
 

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I'll come back later to fully respond but goodness... Luna has lived a life any labrador would love and she turns 9 next week and is still planning on having many happy days yet. When we last saw her specialist there were 7 options for is try yet and number 7 was the PTS option a LONG LONG way down the line yet.
How old is Pepe?
 
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Christ on a Three Wheeled Bike!!!!

Please don't mention PTS in the same breath as ED - whatchya trying to do to me?!??
I appreciate there must be really, really, REALLY extreme cases where this happens but I look at it like this.... If I had them and my kid had "x" would I ask the Doc's to go down the PTS route? I doubt it but it does all boil down to a) pain and b) quality of life.
Read this board. ED is not the end.

My heart goes out to Pepe and you, I mean that sincerely. But please be positiive and let's hope Peps recivers strongly and quickly

Good luck
 

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Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! You have made us feel so much better. As you can imagine, we just adore our little furball so much, the thought of living without him made us panic.

We went to pick him up yesterday and, although he was quite cross with me yesterday (not with my boyfriend, just me), he is now back to his joyful self. A bit of crying but that's understandable after surgery. Our main problem is clearly going to be keeping him quiet for the next six weeks but I have already seen lots of excellent advice on that on here and we have stocked up with treats, a clicker and games.

Pepe is six months old. The vet said his joints are in a bad way but that there is still plenty we can do after surgery.
 

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That's sounding much more positive! :D

Hope he recovers well and you don't have too much trouble keeping him quiet. x
 
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Oh he is young to have surgery bless him. But it's good that you know what you are dealing with now. He will keep you smiling through the worrying I promise.
If you can find a hydrotherapy pool near you then it could be worth speaking to the vet about whether he can swim. After Luna's second arthroscopy (she only had one at a time) the specialist gave us the ok to swim carefully and controlled after about a week which made resting so much easier even though we only went once a week if that.

Have you been given some pain relief for him to take while he recovers?
Luna had an anti-inflammatory with Tramadol as well for after surgery. Saying that recovering from the GA often leaves dog whiny.

DO stay around and give us updates and ask for suggestions if needed. xxx
 
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I asked about hydrotherapy but the vet said he didn't want him to do anything until after the six weeks. We will definitely try and do it after that. He doesn't like the water at the moment (!!) so it will be a good opportunity to get some proper help with that, too.

He's got Carprieve for pain relief. He seems to be okay most of the time although we have had two screeches (one in the car and one when he was, ahem, 'loving' his favourite pheasant on the floor).

All things considered he seems to be adjusting to house arrest pretty well. We're paying him loads of attention and playing lots of games. He has managed to jump on the sofa a couple of times and has a zoomie about once a day but he is a puppy I guess!

Thanks again for your reassurance. Thank goodness for the internet!
 
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