Poor Coco!

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Poor Coco!

Post by Coco and Annie » 17 Jun 2016, 12:46

As we speak, I am sitting in a rainy Tesco car park 100 miles from home killing time before I pick up my gorgeous Coco from an orthopaedic specialist vet.

Some of you may recall that Coco was diagnosed with mild/moderate hip dysplasia/laxity when she was a 5 month old pup. She has had two X-rays since then, and is seeing a specialist today for a second opinion. Although her HD isn't terrible, she has a very weird gait when she walks and trots. She has a real bum wiggle and splays her legs out to the side on trotting. She doesn't seem to be in a huge amount of pain......

Anyway, fast forward this morning and it appears the specialist thinks her hips aren't the major problem and suspects something's wrong with her spine. He is currently doing another hip and spine X Ray to see if he can see an abnormality. He believes it is congenital. When he applied pressure on her lower spine, it clearly hurt and when he turned over her back feet, her recovery reflexes weren't as quick as he expected.

I don't really know what to think...I'm a bit numb really as I wasn't expecting this.

If it's her spine itself, it's unlikely to be operable. If it's her spinal cord, he won't see anything from the X-ray anyway and it may mean a trip to Glasgow, three hours away for an MRI scan.

I'll keep you updated.

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Post by susiet » 17 Jun 2016, 13:18

Poor you Annie (and Coco). What a worry. I do hope it isn't such a major problem as they first thought. Sending you positive vibes and hoping you and Coco have better news soon.

Keep us posted.

Love from me and my doods Flo and Ruby x

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Post by We5Kings » 17 Jun 2016, 13:24

Ooh my goodness, my heart goes out to you. I so recall the feelings I had when Dude was so ill in his 1st year. Sending love Anny

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Post by linny » 17 Jun 2016, 20:18

:( Just to say that we are keeping everything crossed and sending positive healing Coco's way.
Let's hope they can sort this out for her .
Do post when you have news......I know you must be so worried .
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Post by Doodle Dee » 17 Jun 2016, 21:50

Keep us posted and sending hugs xxxx
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Post by Sarahdol75 » 17 Jun 2016, 23:00

So sorry to hear about Coco, please keep us updated.
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Post by We5Kings » 18 Jun 2016, 20:51

I keep thinking about you Annie. I so hope Coco is doing well. Mr Dude and all of us Kings send good vibes. Anny xx

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Post by Bid » 18 Jun 2016, 21:44

Poor Coco - was there any more information when you picked her up?
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Post by Coco and Annie » 18 Jun 2016, 22:03

Thank you so much for all your concern and best wishes.

I'm feeling a little happier today after a good nights sleep. I'm still unsure whether to be relieved or more concerned than I was originally. I had got used to the idea of future hip replacement surgery and the ensuing recovery. However, it looks like my doodle doesn't have hip dysplasia, nor arthritis. Her hips aren't perfect, but the orthopaedic specialist said the quality of hips was average and wouldn't even preclude breeding. N.B she is spayed and he knew it wasn't a consideration of ours, but rather a comment to back up the reasonable quality of her hips.

HOWEVER.....her spine is another issue. She also had a spinal X-ray yesterday which came back with no issues along the spine itself, so he believes she has some abnormality in the spinal cord or tissues.

We would only know for sure, if we arranged a CT or MRI scan at a specialist hospital. However, he did say that surgery would only be considered (due to risks of paralysis) if Coco was in a great deal of pain, or was unable to move freely. The orthopaedic specialist used to perform spinal surgery, so I'm sure he knew what he was talking about.

Coco is currently able to run, jump and play freely with very little obvious pain. It's her odd gait and lack of coordination at times which shows she has an underlying problem. The upshot is we are going to leave our imperfectly perfect Coco alone for the time being and hope her condition doesn't develop further. The vet said there was every hope that she wouldn't get worse and that she may only feel minor back ache, as many of us do.

I hope we are making the right decision by leaving things be.....only time will tell.

Love to you all and your doods.

Coco and Annie

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Post by stout » 18 Jun 2016, 23:10

Bless her little cotton socks.

It is good that she is not in pain and is able to be her doodly self :D

I am sure it is not the same, but I had a back op 6 years ago, and it was a long slow recovery and I know I wouldn't recommend it unless it was absolutely necessary. Fingers crossed she continues to live life to the full without the need for any ops.

Hugs to you both :D
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Post by Bid » 19 Jun 2016, 08:05

It's good to know she isn't in pain, and no decision is a permanent one - if things change you can take a different route in the future, but for now how good is is that she can carry on being her happy little self!
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Post by Doodle Dee » 19 Jun 2016, 09:53

Hopefully that is a phew. At least they have got to the bottom of everything

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Post by linny » 19 Jun 2016, 12:33

I think you have made a sensible decision after considering all the information that you have.
If things change you can rethink.
At least you know that the hips are not her problem.
Ambrose was diagnosed with HD and at first we followed all advise given by the vets ie: gentle exercise ,lead walks etc and he was absolutely miserable, so we decided to let him live his life as normally as possible and enjoy everything to the full. he will be 8 in August and so far has been fine. :)
I'm sure Coco will be too. :)

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Re: Poor Coco!

Post by Coco and Annie » 21 Jun 2016, 08:45

Thanks guys for all your support. It means a lot!
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