Mar 20, 2012

Dysplasia update

It was a couple of weeks ago when Pluto was diagnosed with Hip Dysplasia. For those who do not know what the condition means, here's an excerpt from Wikipedia... "Hip dysplasia is an abnormal formation of the hip socket that, in its more severe form, can eventually cause crippling lameness and painful arthritis of the joints. It is a genetic (polygenic) trait that is affected by environmental factors. It can be found in many animals and occasionally in humans, but is most commonly associated with dogs, and is common in many dog breeds, particularly the larger breeds."

For some time, I was very very very upset. And very angry. Both emotions ingrained as job description of being a mom... Couldn't see the pain he was in. Initial medication was not working and he was having difficulty getting up, walking...he was not in mood to go out and play (which probably will be a case if your hip was in such a bad condition) When a week from starting his medication, I heard him moaning while sitting (or rather throwing himself down on floor); I took him back to doc. She gave us anti-inflammatory meds and prescribed a new high power powder for hips.

Its 15 days since we are on new medication and happy to report...that we are almost normal now. We have stopped bunny hopping, and are more willing to climb stairs. We have also started chasing crows again. We run behind other dogs on the road and have started demanding more attention from family back at home. We are still not fully back to our old food habits and need cajoling and hand-feeding but we are back to begging food when everyone sits for tea or dinner.

We know there is a long way to go, but we are pretty sure about safe sailing. We thank you all those who sent love and advice our way and also all those who kept us in their prayers.

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