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Friday, May 14, 2010

Standard Poodles and HD


We are a mess right now. Igor is showing obvious signs of distress, it  began late yesterday. He is babying his rear right leg, and I'm scared to death it could be HD rearing it's ugly head. Hip Dysplasia is a common problem with Spoos, and we're bracing for the ugly reality.

Canine Hip Dysplasia and the Standard Poodle

We noticed yesterday on the way to Delavan, a 20 minute ride, he never sat down once in the back of the Blazer, until we insisted that he sit, for his own safety. But then it was only if he could reach out and give me paw so I could hold his hand while we rode. Same on the way back.
We are a mess right now. Igor is showing obvious signs of distress, it  began late yesterday. He is babying his rear right leg, and I'm scared to death it could be HD rearing it's ugly head. Hip Dysplasia is a common problem with Spoos, and we're bracing for the ugly reality.
 

Again today, we went back to Delavan, to make a return, and the same thing happened. He's obviously not feeling well. He's eating fine, but he is not rightHis back right leg trembled a little when Mike and I tried to inspect it, and while we could find no hot-spots that would indicate inflamtion, he never complained except by his stance, which favors that leg. He is also finding it difficult to sit or lay comfortably...
 
One day last week, when he went to jump up in bed, he faultered, which is not normal. He has legs like a kangaroo, he can leap straight up in the air 4 feet from a stand-still, but that night, it was different, like a spring was sprung...
 
We are going to keep him inside over the weekend, and not allow him to run with the Monster next door. She is the very bain of our exsistance as she has taken Igor down repeatedly in the past, a couple of those crashes were not pretty-none are, for that matter. She's a tank of of a yellow Lab that weights more than Igor, and is half his size- and she's got the personality of a rock.
 
She has a nasty habit of going for his rear shin or Achiles or hamstring area of his leg and we've put a stop to their runs because of the danger to his long legs. She and he go so fast, that they often times will tumble and roll when she goes underneath his hind end,  and that is not good for his long legs either. She likes to trip him up too. This has to STOP!!!
 
We gave him a Baby asparin at the Vet's suggestion, and will keep him on low activity for the next 5-7 days so that any flare-up will have a chance to calm down.

 I am in tears just thinking about this. He won't leave our side, and is glued to who-ever is closest.
Pray for us, please.



Igor says, "Mom's just being silly, I'm just FINE and DANDY, I'm outside prancing around now!"


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