Since I don’t know any other way to start off my blog, I’ll write a post about my sweet baby girl, Myla Penelope (yes, I gave her a middle name). She was born April 17th, 2014, and she was a spitfire from the day one. I went and met her in mid July, she stole my heart, and brought her home at the end of August.
There were the countless nights of her howling in her crate, waking up 4 times a night for potty trips outside, and lots of accidents to clean up. But she was nothing but full of kisses and cuddles all day long. It was all fun and games until she was just about five months old. We noticed she was starting to limp and favor her left hind leg. We figured she played too hard, Cooper (our 30 pound Cavachon) ran into her, or that she just pulled a muscle. We figured we’d just keep an eye on her, and that she’d be better in a week. Well, fast forward about 3 weeks later. She was still limping, and there were not signs of her getting better. We talked to our vet, and they suggested we take her an animal chiropractor. We semi-joked at the thought of bringing her in, but we decided it couldn’t hurt. So we scheduled her an appointment, and the chiropractor figured it was a pulled muscle as well. We brought her in for multiple adjustments, did the therapy exercises with her at home, and we still weren’t seeing any progress. When she was just over 6 months old, we made an appointment to have her be spayed, and asked the veterinarian to do an x-ray of her hips to see if there was something more serious going on. We got a call from the vet not too long after we dropped her off, and they told us that the top of her femur bone was essentially rubbing directly onto the bone of her hip socket. They said it was called Necrosis of the Femur Bone (it also
has a few other names, but I can’t remember those at the moment). Basically what happened is that while she was growing, there wasn’t a large enough blood supply to her bones, which caused the cartilage and other fibrous tissue around her femur bone/hip socket to die and deteriorate. The vet told us our only option was to have her undergo surgery to create a synthetic cartilage from her existing muscle. I was in tears; my six month old baby puppy had to have surgery. I knew it could have been worse, but she was just so young to experience something so painful! Her surgery went very well, and the vet said she expected very good results. Fast forward about a month, and she began to take her first few steps on her ‘surgery leg’ as we call it now. I was so proud and happy to finally see her starting to walk normally again. It’s been over 6 months since her surgery, and she’s basically good as new. She walks normally on a consistent basis, but you can tell her right hind foot is turned in slightly from the months of holding all of her hind weight on it. She still limps a little when she wants to run, but we’ve been told it’s because old habits die hard, and it’s not because she’s in pain. We have to be careful and make sure we don’t let her climb too many stairs, play too rough for too long, or wrestle to hard with big brother Cooper; her right hip has a higher chance than normal to develop the same problem. But we’ll cross that bridge if and when we get there. Until then, I’ll watch my sweet girl enjoy her carefree, painless life.