ocd in hock of labrador retriever
after nearly 3 years of on and off lameness. my dads black lab zak has been diagnosed with ocd in his hock.
has anyone dealt with this before? surgery estimate at michigan state university is between 1700-3000. my dad isnt going to spend that kind of money on his dog, although my mom is persueing the matter and thinking or doing it anyhow.
they would do a ct scan to determine the extent of damage and if surgery is even going to be beneficial to his long-term health.
im fairly upset because our dogs mean everything to us. but there is a line to draw at the cost of this. the line was 1200 dollars. not 3000!
he is being started on deramaxx, a pain reliever and anti-inflammatory. as well as glyco-flex stage 3 joint supplement. hes on a sedative to keep him relaxed during this downtime.
zak is a majorly hyper dog. constantly on the go to the point of being obsessive. so quality of life is a major problem here. hes not going to be happy being a couch potato that cant go outside and run.
those of you that have had dogs diagnosed with this, what was your plan of action? did you have surgery? just rest and medicate? what was the dogs life like when they got up there in years?
zak has had on and off lameness for almost 3 years now. tuesday he injured the leg so bad he was not placing weight on it for 2 days. today he walks almost fine but still favors that leg.
hell be 4 years old in august, and this started when he was approximately 6-8 months old.
oh yes, there is heat in the hock, swelling, and the vet could feel 'boney changes' to the joint.
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Last edited by CLaPorte432; 05-13-2013 at 11:20 AM.