Friday, April 21, 2006

Joint mouse

Bondi has had problems with his left foreleg for nearly 2 years. To date it has been treated conservatively with glucosamine pills, cartrophen injections and occasional non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) such as rimadyl or metacam. Given the longevity of his breed, and the potential for better quality of life, I decided that it was finally time to get some X-rays done of the problem joint (left shoulder). From there we could determine if there was an operable condition such as osteochondritis present.

Today Bondi had those X-rays. He's still a bit woozy from the anaesthesia (often the most expensive part of the operation), but is otherwise fine, and reported to have been very well behaved during the procedure.

The X-rays showed that the elbow (as a comparison joint) was OK, but that there was evidence of mineralization in the shoulder - perhaps of some torn away OCD flap - known as a joint mouse.

Next step is for the vet to locate a surgeon who can perform arthroscopic analysis/surgery to move things on a piece. From what I've read (see above links), the prognosis following such surgery is usually quite positive.

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