All doped up after getting x-rays.
After River recovered from her infection, I took her back to get her annual vaccinations and to get some x-rays of her hips taken. Her hips click very loudly and she does not like to/will not jump. She has no problem running and does not seem to be in pain, but I wanted to get them looked at anyway.
Anyways, the vet took multiple views and came back with some bad news. River’s hips have about 1/2” of luxation and her hip joints indicate some nasty dysplasia.
Basically the vet explained that the hip is a ball and socket joint. River’s ball is shaped very well but the socket is almost flat, leaving nowhere for the ball to go. This results in the luxation, grinding, and clicking.
Because River is so young (just 15 months!) the vet recommended talking to some orthopedic surgeons about correcting this as soon as possible.
In the meantime, I’m going to send her x-rays off to the OFA and get them officially graded. :(
, thank you for the kind words!
River will definitely be getting some extra peanut butter! She loves peanut butter anything. :)
We are hoping to get her into surgery within the next 6-8 months after we’ve consulted with our vet’s referrals and saved enough money. The vet said that will be a good time frame for her to still have a hip-healthy life after surgery. :)