Tuesday, April 6: Tashi’s condition has deteriorated. She is unable to move her hips much and has been in the same position for more than 8 hours now. I haven’t seen my little one wag her tail or the light in her eyes for a few days now and yet we still don’t have a diagnosis.
A few days ago after being x-rayed, poked and prodded Tashi was diagnosed with hip luxation and we were referred to a orthopedic surgeon. Hip luxation or hip dislocation is when the the femur comes out of the socket (acetabulum) completely.
We sent over the x-rays to the chiropractor to see if a closed reduction would be possible, where the joint is moved back into place without incision. She said it may not be possible.
So, we proceeded onto the orthopedic surgeon. Our vet had suggested that FHO (Femoral Head Osteotomy) would be our best bet. We went yesterday, prepared with a long list of questions. See details about our findings about FHO.
After a complete exam the orthopedic surgeon has ruled out the possibility of hip luxation. He has said it is something more serious – either vascular or neurological. More than 4 hours at the vet later we still do not have a diagnosis of the problem and Tashi is still in pain and doesn’t have mobility.