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Hello all,

last night I noticed our new puppy Toro walking around with a limp on his left front paw, so we took him to emergency just to be on the safe side. I could see the joint just above his paw was considerably swollen. Well, by the time we got to the emergency vet, it seemed the swelling had gone down quite a bit, but he still had a bit of a limp. After checking all the vitals, the vet examined him closely and told us that he might have "angular gait disorder". I think that's what she called it. Basically, it means his bones are growing at a disproportionate rate. She told us it was possibly correctable, but that it requires surgery. She couldn't tell us for certain, but she estimated 3K+ for the procedure. Ouch!

Anyhow, she gave us a referral to a doggie ortho. surgeon to confirm her suspicions. I'm going to make the appt. this morning and pray for the best. If he DOES have this condition, I don't know what I'll do. No way I can currently afford such a procedure. I think I'm going to have to return him to the rescue, as much as I hate to do it. I guess that's the chance you take when going to a shelter or rescue. :sadcry:

Sad thing is, my 2yo is already bonding with "his puppy", and we just brought him home on Sunday..

Hoping for the best....:praying:
 

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Well I hope everything works out o.k. did the vet take x-rays? I also would get a second opinion. Good luck.
 

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No, this is just an emergency vet. The ortho will probably take x-rays, or our regular vet. And yeah, the ortho will be the second opinion.

thanks
 

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We are hoping for good news. Please update us as soon as you know.

Hopefully some more people experienced with this possible issue will pop in and offer some enlightenment.
 

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that's scary. you may also want to contact your rescue group to see if they have any resources to help out if you do need to go the surgery route - there are some vets that will give reduced rates for rescues. you should ask when you go - all they can do is say no. it is a lot of money, they may be willing to work with you.

I will keep my fingers crossed for you.

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Well, I took Toro to the specialist, and he pretty much confirmed that he has a condition that would require surgery to correct. Now I'm wondering what to do. I called the rescue where I adopted him from and left a message but I haven't heard back yet. Now, he is an otherwise healthy pup, but as he is, he will probably continue to walk funny unless he is surgically corrected. I'm looking at 4K+. I just don't have that kind of money right now, and as much as I'm already fond of him, this is not what I bargained for.

What would y'all do?

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There is an organization called Special Needs Dobermans that you can contact and see if they can help. That is their stated mission, to help Dobermans with expensive medical problems whether they are in rescue or have owners. I don't know their website address, but you can google it.
 

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Great suggestion Mic. I have seen then on ebay right, auctioning to raise money for dogs?? Lord knows I spend enough time on ebay...
 

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Ok,

I have e-mailed the DSN group, explaining the situation. Hopefully they can help. I don't want to give up on little Toro.

thank you all for your help and support.
 
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