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What Can Cause Loss Of Bone Density?


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I don't suppose it really matters what sort of dog it's for but this is to do with Ella, our 3 year old Westie.

 

When she was 5 months old, she was diagnosed with LEGG-PERTHES DISEASE and at 7 months, she had a femoral head and neck excision (rear left leg). She's never had any problems with the leg since and has run and walked normally - up until about 5 weeks ago.

 

At this point, we noticed that she was limping, so we rested her for a day or two but she still limped and occassionally held the leg right off the ground. The vet examined her and advised a weeks rest and some Rimadyl. She seemed to be OK for a while after that but then she started again so on Tuesday of last week, she had xrays done. My vet showed me the xrays and said the knee looks fine but there looked to be some 'loss of bone density' and she pointed out an area down one of the long bones. She send the xrays off to an orthopedic specialist centre and we are waiting for their report. I've phoned twice to hurry them along because Ella seems worse than ever. She's pretty much fine in herself but for the past couple of days, she's basically behaving like a tripod and carrying that leg totally :(

 

Other than the obvious (which would be really, really, really bad luck in a small breed dog - wouldn't it? :unsure ) what else can cause loss of bone density? :huh And does anyone have experience of such a thing and any treatments?

Deerhounds Darcy, Duffy, Grace & Wellington, Mutts Sprout & Buddy, Lurchers Ned & Jake plus Ella the Westie + cats. Remembering Del, Jessie, Maddison, Flo, Sally, Stanley, Wallace, Radar, Mokka, Oki cat, Tetley, Poppy & Striker.

 

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I found this on the Westie site:

 

Research project

 

URGENT! WESTIE DNA SAMPLES NEEDED FOR NEW LEGG-CALVE-PERTHES GENETIC RESEARCH PROJECT

 

The Clemson University Canine Genetic Laboratory is beginning a new project investigating Legg-Calve-Perthes (LCP) in West Highland White Terriers. We are collecting blood samples from LCP-affected dogs and normal, unaffected dogs. All supplies and shipping costs will be provided by our lab and most veterinarians are willing to draw blood samples for research at no cost.

 

We Need Your Help!

We currently have samples from 7 LCPD-affected Westies and 6 unaffected Westies. Our minimum number of samples required to complete this work is 20 affected and 20 unaffected Westies.

 

Maybe you can email the foundation and ask about the bone density. My dd's Sheltie had it and did very well with no further problems after the surgery.

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Hi :) The current situation re Ella is within this thread http://forum.greytalk.com/index.php?showtopic=241450 although the title relates to Darcy. I'll change the subtitle and keep updating there :)

Deerhounds Darcy, Duffy, Grace & Wellington, Mutts Sprout & Buddy, Lurchers Ned & Jake plus Ella the Westie + cats. Remembering Del, Jessie, Maddison, Flo, Sally, Stanley, Wallace, Radar, Mokka, Oki cat, Tetley, Poppy & Striker.

 

Please visit our web store at http://www.dogsndubs.com for our own range of Greyhound related clothing for humans!

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