Mafia, is 8 Years young. In Feb 2016 Mafia had a dog run into him full speed, while at the dog park. He bambied all four legs went out from underneath him. After about a week I noticed he was still stiff and sore. I made an appointment with our regular vet. He had x-ray’s, she than diagnosed him with hip dysplasia, arthritis and placed him on rest for 6-8 weeks with medicam for the pain. He was doing great getting around a little stiff and sore after an active day, or if laying around for too long but overall good.
This last week, he hasn’t got up. Not even for food! Anyone who knows him.. knows how he loves his food. He no longer greats me after work with his happy wagging tail. He sits in his bed and waits for me to come to him.
Right away I booked him an appointment to see an orthopedic specialist. Yesterday he has his appt, Dr. Scott poked, shoved maneuvered the sore leg all while Maf sat there patiently.
He’s determined he does not have hip dysplasia. He figures if it was dysplasia, there would be a lot more corrosion then he’s seeing on his xrays. He needs knee surgery, the reason for him being unable to walk is because of the pain in his badly built hips. The reason for the curving in his spine is because he’s been compensating on his front two legs causing the spine to curve. If surgery isn’t done sooner than later it could be crippling for him.
I am often too proud to ask for help but at this time I need it or I wouldn’t ask for it. The money I did have set aside I’ve put into pearl and his other appt with xrays medication and so on. I was unprepared as the vet had told us hip dysplasia and arthritis. Rest was to heal him and seemed to have. , We looked into pet insurance after he had his first knee done (3 years ago). Because he’s had one knee done, it is considered a preexisting injury and if were to happen again. They would not cover it.
Although we own 4 dogs. Mafia has been with me through thick and thin.. I am very involved with not only my own pets but I try to help others too. It kills me to think, while taking the others, to the dog park, swimming, romps around the farm, pet events, and many other dog adventures. There mafia will sit at home not only alone but sad. Even before all this.. I go to work and he stays on that bed of his till I get home. He won’t even go outside for anyone but his momma.. Trust me Cody tries and he is so stubborn he will hold it 12 hours..
Don’t feel obligated to help! But it is appreciated! Thank you All for taking the time to read this!