Hi everyone,
Wanted to keep those who were interested abreast of Frankie's recent health problems.
Took Frankie to the vet today. After picking him up from doggy day camp he was limping quite unhappily, favoring is back legs some. He had had some mornings a few weeks ago where his front legs were a bit stiff upon waking, so we wanted to get him worked over. This morning, though, he'd been moving just fine with only minor problems on his back right hip.

The orthopedic and neureological exam were just fine, but he showed pain in his hips. The x-rays showed de-generation, most likely arthritis. He's now on
2 weeks r&r and glucosomine treatment. His rear left leg has a luxating (sp?)patella, too, so he might have future problems there. The vet is hopeful, though, that these problems will go away with some rest, though there might be future deterioration.
Unfortunately, the exam also revealed two other problems. Frankie has a heart murmor. Type 1 of 6, the most mild. They did a chest x-ray and an ekg. The ekg was normal, and the vet is looking over the chest x-ray tonight. From that we're going to decide if and when to have a vet. cardiologist do an ultrasound, and whether the murmor needs to be medically treated.

Also, the hip x-rays showed that frankie has a couple of bladder stones. She's going to do more examination of the x-rays tonight and talk it over with the other vets at the practice to decide how to treat them: either through diet or letting them pass or surgically removing them.

All this, and he had to lumps aspirated. The vet is not concerned about the vomiting the other day, as it was an isolated incident.

Ugh. He gets extra treats tonight.

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Ugh. He gets extra treats tonight.

Poor Frankie! Give him a few extra scritches and hugs from us. I hope all this medical stuff works out without any major intervention.

Suja
Hi everyone, Wanted to keep those who were interested abreast of Frankie's recent health problems. Took Frankie to the vet ... not concerned about the vomiting the other day, as it was an isolated incident. Ugh. He gets extra treats tonight.

Poor Frankihead. Tell him we hope he feels better so soon!!
For some reason I always thought little dogs were healthier than big ones. Between Frankie, Toby and some of our other small dogs, I guess I was completely wrong.

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Poor Frankihead. Tell him we hope he feels better so soon!!

Thanks! I shall.
For some reason I always thought little dogs were healthier than big ones. Between Frankie, Toby and some of our other small dogs, I guess I was completely wrong.

Well, for a one-eyed, repaired-spined, heart-murmured, bad-hipped, bladder- stoned pooch, he's extraordinarily happy and affectionate tonight.

I think he's a good example of bad breeding, most likely. Poor pooch.

I'll let yas know what the vet thinks about the heart and stones tomorrow.

Chad

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Ugh. He gets extra treats tonight.

Poor Frankie! Give him a few extra scritches and hugs from us. I hope all this medical stuff works out without any major intervention.

Thanks, Suja. I hope so too. A few of the shih tzus at STRAES have murmers too, as did DW's erstwhile shih tzu Mookie. I wonder how common it is.

The bigger question for the moment is the bladder stones. I'm really hoping that we can tackle it medically or through diet. I'll know more tomorrow.

Chad

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It's good to hear about Frankie, Chad, though we'd like to have seen a shorter list of problems. You're being pre-emptive about them, though, which bodes well for Frankie. Do keep us informed.
I think he's a good example of bad breeding, most likely.

You're probably right about that, unfortunately.
But at least Frankie's been blessed with having a really great owner.

Good luck, Chad!

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Chad,
I hope Frankie feels better soon. FWIW, I have had a mild heart murmer all of my life and it hasn't kept me from doing anything I enjoy. Hopefully the rest and glucosomine will help his luxating patella. And may his bladder stones be disolvable. (Sounds like it could be a traditional toast.) Beth
I hope Frankie feels better soon. FWIW, I have had a mild heart murmer all of my life and it hasn't kept me from doing anything I enjoy.

Me too (it's "murmur," btw). I'm notably unathletic, but it could have as much to do with crappy genetic material from my father's side as to do with the heart murmur. I still enjoy getting out and skiing and bicycling and running and all that crap, although I'm self conscious about being slower than other people (otoh now that I'm solidly middle aged and more active than my peers, I've caught up to and passed them). Fortunately dogs don't worry about what the other dogs think about such things.

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