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Watched the sunrise this morning at Vista Park. Tucker needed to burn off some energy before an hour-long car ride to the vet. He’s been hurting a lot more this year, so I took him in for x-rays. Turns out the lower part of his hip socket (the acetabulum) didn’t calcify as hoped.  Well, most of it did, but there’s a chunk of bone that has begun moving into the socket, rubbing against the femoral head. No wonder he doesn’t want to use that leg.  Bone is rubbing on bone. The only fixes are surgery, either a Femoral Head Osteotomy  (FHO) or a total hip replacement. The socket may be too damaged for the replacement,  so if the doctor’s ortho guy agrees, it would be the FHO. This procedure was brought up when Tucker was first injured. It involves removing the femoral head. The ligaments and muscles then form a false joint. It’s a pretty common surgery in dogs with hip dysplasia, and it removes the pain. With proper rehab, and knowing Tucker, he could be running and painfree in a matter of months. The surgery would, in effect, pay for itself because we wouldn’t have to keep buying pain meds at $85 a month. It would be nice to know he’s not hurting.  Finally.  He’s a brave strong-hearted dog, but I know sometimes it’s hard. Like today, after the x-rays.

Once again, I’m grateful for pet insurance, which will cover about half the cost.

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Of course, even hurting, he’s a joyful dog. We used the chase the stick game to run off some of the energy.  All those lines in the sand are his, chasing different sticks.

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