Emailed the breeder tonight with an update and request for our refund. We'll see what she says. I don't have time or energy to rewrite so I will copy and paste the pertinent parts of my email to her so you can see what the vet said today. It was mixed news, but I was braced for the worst, so I'll take it.
The vet today had some good news and bad news. He does not recommend surgery for Zeke or really any young dogs anymore. They haven't done the TPO surgery in his office for more than 10 years because it wasn't worth the risk for the dogs they used to do it on. Now they have good hip replacements available so they don't need TPO as an insurance plan. He palpated both hips with Zeke awake and was able to subluxate the right hip easily, but the left hip stayed in the socket. My regular vet said both hips come out when he is under anesthesia.
The specialist said that if we were to submit Zeke's xrays to OFA, the best we could hope to receive would be a score of "Fair." He has remodelling of the femoral neck on the right. Contrary to my regular vet, Dr. Cambridge does not see flattening of the femur head. He said that the flat area we are seeing in the xray is the normal flat part of the femur and not to worry about that. He does not see any changes to the socket part of the hip either. He said that he thinks that Zeke has adequate coverage of the socket over the femur and that will work to his advantage in overcoming the laxity he has that allows the joint to come apart. He believes that with proper rehab and exercise, good muscle tone will help bring the hip socket together so that it is tight and not slipping around like it is currently. It could then be like the left hip that only can come out if he's under sedation.
He highly recommended Adequan injections and glucosamine supplementation. He also recommended a course of anti-inflammatories so that he uses the leg fully and gets that muscle tone back. He said we must keep him very lean for life, and for now, he cannot do any twisting or turning movements. He said he can walk and run on leash, but not off leash yet. And when his tail is healed, swimming is ideal. He would like to see him again in 4-6 weeks to see how things have changed. He wasn't able to see the lameness as clearly today as he would have liked because Zeke's tail causes him to tuck it under him when he moves right now. But he did see it while he walks. So once the tail heals he wants to see him walk again to see what it really looks like. I may also video his movement at home and just email it to him.
So, in the long term, it is possible that Zeke's hips will not cause him constant lameness. Whether he can do sports or not is unknown. We go back to my regular vet tomorrow for a check on his tail. After two weeks of not bothering the stitches at all, he managed to manipulate his way around the plastic cone last night and chewed off his bandages and broke one of the stitches. He was bleeding again today, so we still have healing to do with the silly tail. Can't wait for it to all get back to normal.
And I went through all of my posts here to gather a timeline of his lamenesses. Not counting the possible ACL injury he had at 11 weeks old, here's what has gone on with him in the last year.
4/29/15 Front right leg, one week, pano
5/14/15 Front right leg, ten days, pano
6/2/15 Front left leg, 18 days, pano
8/18/15 Hind left leg, 21 days, pano
9/9/15 Hind right leg, 30 days, pano
10/17/15 Front right leg, 11 days, pano (confirmed by x-ray at this point, pano in both front legs, more right than left)
11/5/15 Front left leg, 14 days, pano
12/10/15 Hind right leg, 5 weeks, pano suspected, but could be dysplasia as well.
1/27/16 Hind right leg, slight favoring, still favors this leg, dysplasia diagnosed