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    Thanks for all the good wishes and positive thoughts, they are much appreciated and I know they are working - Peaches is eating, bright and happy, enjoying little walks in the yard at the vets. They are really pleased with her progress, and we are hoping to pick her up on Friday. The staff at the vets have fallen in love with her, and it sounds like she is getting lots of attention and cuddles - she won't want to come home!!

    That was the good news - the bad news is what the vet found when they x-rayed and operated.

    Firstly Peaches has hip dysplasia - graded moderate. They don't usually operate on small dogs once they are adult - Peaches is 6 1/2. The vet thinks that once her knee is healed, she will be more comfortable, and may just have to have anti-inflammatory drugs for her hips. Basically she will develop early arthritis, which we will have to manage.

    Secondly the knee joint was much worse than anticipated. The patella should run in a groove with ridges either side. The groove was virtually non-existent, and one ridge was missing; the other was present but small. The vet has created a groove for the patella, and has carried out a tibial crest transplant – which involves moving the piece of bone the ligament attaches too, and wiring it into position. This should encourage the patella to ride in the correct direction.

    The surgery went well, and hopefully no further operations will be required on that knee, unless the wires cause discomfort – however the operation to remove those is quite straightforward.

    This is the most extreme surgery they carry out on patellas, and the vet wants to make sure everything has settled and that there are no signs of infection before Peaches comes home.

    We are not sure yet about the other knee – she may need surgery for that too.

    The vet described the whole of her rear end as a “disaster” – these problems are both hereditary and congenital.

    Please can I urge you that if you are thinking of breeding from your Cavalier, you ask the vets to check the patellas – and if possible, have the hips x-rayed and scored. I wouldn’t want other Cavaliers to go through what poor Peaches is going through.

    I’m sorry for not posting sooner – I was rather upset by the news. I will let you know when Peaches comes home and post a photo.

    Karlin, yes we did have a bit of an early start - had to leave home before 7.30am, to get to the vets for 9am. I think Peaches was first on the vets list!



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    Princess Peaches is lovely.I'm glad she had a successful surgery and I'm sad about her hips. I'm sure you've tried glucosamine...my dog had better results than I did. I had 2 dogs that had double patella surgery. 1 was a humane society mutt, 1 was a Lhasa. I was told this is such a common problem with small dogs...small knees. While it's so important to breed dogs without the problem, it can sometimes just happen. Even in humans. I am the only one in my family with congenital hip dysplasia.

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    Good to hear that Peaches surgery went well. Sorry to hear of the status of her hind end. Hopefully with antiinflammatory meds when needed her life will be long and comfortable. She certainly is a beauty.
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    Poor little Peaches. That knee sounded awful. Shelby just required a slight deepening of the groove. Gosh, to have to groove and very little ridge, makes for a very intensive surgery. Glad to hear she is doing so well though. I'm glad you were able to leave her there for recovery. But, I know you'll be thrilled to have her home. Please give her puppy kisses from Jake and Shelby, she's such a pretty and brave girl.
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    Hope Princess Peaches is happily home again. No doubt she's relaxing after the long car ride and the excitement of seeing Rupert again.

    Bet he wasn't the only one who's delighted that she's back in the fold.
    Lots of special treats & hugs.
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    Thanks for all the good wishes - Peaches is home!! icon_banana

    We collected her late yesterday afternoon, she was delighted to see us, and Rupert was so excited to see her, it was lovely.

    The vet was brilliant, he had found a model of the knee, showing the bones and ligaments, and used this to explain exactly what he had done. Basically the patella was riding along the inside of the knee rather than the front, due to the degree of deformity. The amazing thing was that she could still run and jump!!

    He also showed me the x-rays of her hips, and explained those.

    The vet was surprised that Peaches wasn't in as much pain post-operatively as he would have expected - I had sent in some homoeopathy for her, which they've been giving her, have had friends sending Reiki and our forum friends have been sending lots of positive thoughts - thank you all, I'm sure it's helped.

    We are not sure yet about the other knee – she may need surgery for that too. We will take Peaches back for a 6 month check up in September, and will discuss that then.

    We are very upset at the findings, but grateful that Peaches is doing well, and were so pleased to bring her home.

    I've been in contact with my homoeopathic supplier, and there are a lot of things we can try, so hopefully won't have to resort to conventional medicine! Peaches has been on a homoeopathic combination to prevent arthritis {for the last 14 months}, and there are no signs of arthritic changes in the hips yet. This includes Glucosamine.

    ***Nancy, I was sorry to hear about your hips – hope you don’t have too much pain.

    We had rather a rough night – Peaches settled in her crate next to the bed, but I woke up every time she moved. Then she wanted to go out about 5 am, I took her out but she only wanted to eat grass. She came back in, and vomited on the hall carpet, so I had to clean that up! Poor wee soul, she had a slightly loose tummy this morning too, and the straining hurt her knee. She is much better this afternoon fortunately.

    Special hugs for Shelby, and thank you for sharing her story and photos, they really helped. Peaches is sulking as she hasn’t got a pink bandage! The aftercare seems to be slightly different here?

    MB, it’s lovely to see you on here – special hugs for all the gang.

    Sorry for not posting sooner, it’s been a hectic 24 hours!

    Peaches sends you all love and kisses, for thinking of her and helping us through this traumatic time.




    PS Peaches has got a "lampshade" - which she hates , so when we are supervising her, we take it off.
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    It's so good to hear that Peaches is home. Hopefully, you'll both have a more comfortable night.

    {{{ Hugs }}}
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    Ahhhh, look at Peaches. She doesn't look too pleased at the moment but still very relaxed, all things considered for what she's been through. Plus at least that cone isn't on my head, I'm sure she's thinking! Hope she heals quickly now and can be up and about and her old self before long.
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    Oh Peaches you dont look too happy, I dont blame you though. Make sure you take it easy.

    I bet Rupert isnt letting her out of his site, they would of missed each other like mad.

    Hope Peaches is feeling better and on her feet soon.

    Hugs to Rupert and Peaches
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    So glad Peaches is home. I've found that aftercare definitely varies by case. We also had the cone for Shelby but only put it on when we couldn't supervise her.

    Hugs and kisses and well wishes from Jake and Shelby.
    Cathy
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