Once BHRR's Maverick arrived on April 6th, 2013, it was clearly noted that he had not one deformed leg, yet two front severely deformed legs.
Many have asked what my expert positioning is and I suspect nutitional, genetics and possible improper exercise when he was younger.
He is a tall boy….and he LOVES teenage boyz! LOL Kanga-Dane! Kanga-Dane…we are working on that! 😉
He is scheduled to see the Vet on Thursday April 18th, when I am working. We will x-ray those legs, have a full exam, do bw including hwt, microchip and he is already being dewormed at BHRR. He has also been placed on Revolution.
His vaccines are not due until June 1st, 2013. We will update them when we believe he is deemed healthy enough. If he is growing and has bone growth issues, we would not feel comfortable giving him any vaccines in June. He will be with us for some time to come. He has a long journey ahead of him.
In going through his medical records sent with him:
"Maverick, 9 month old castrated Great Dane, originally presented to the OVC for evaluation of a bilateral forelimb angular deformity on September 25th, 2012. Ut was first appreciated by the owners several months ago, and has been getting progressively worse since then. No treatments or diangostics had yet been perforrmed. Maverick was sedated, and radiographs of both antebrachia were taken, reveaing bilateral angular deformity consistent with premature closure of the distal ulna physes. Surgical options for correction as well as potential complications were discussed."
"Radiographs indicate that Maverick has had a closure of the distal growth plates in both of his ulnas. This 'tethers' down that part of the carpus(wrist), and then as the radius continues to grow, resulting in asynchronous growth of the radius and ulna and the deformity seen in his forelimbs. The surgery we recommend releases the ulna, which then should allow the radius to grow normally and correct the limb deformity."
"……the surgery will need to be repeated if the ulna bridges with new bone, or the need for a corrective osteotomy after Maverick reaches skeletal maturity if his normal growth to that point had not corrected his limb deformity."
"We recommend surgery(bilateral ulnar ostectomy) to help correct Mavericks angular limb deformity. This is best performed as soon as possible to allow the best chance for the remaining growth in his radius to correct his deformity."
"On November 20th, 2012, Maverick was admitted to the care of the OVC Orthopaedic Surgery Service for surgical correction of his angular limb dermormities and for a neuter.(WHAT confuses me is that on September 25th, 2012 HE was stated above in the Vet records as already having being NEUTERED)
On presentation Maverick was bright alert and responsive, his physical exam was unremarkable other than his previously noted bilateral angular forelimb deformities. Packed cell volume, blood urea, and total solids were performed and found to be within normal limits."(I do not have a copy of any of this bloodwork being sent with him).
"On November 21st, 2012, Maverick was routinely anesthetized. A bilateral ulnar ostectomy was performed, at which time approximately 4 cm from each distal ulna was removed. A routine castration was also performed on Maverick. Post-operative radiographs were evaluated, confirming desired ulnar ostectomies. Soft padded bandages were applied to both forelimbs.
Maverick recovered uneventfully and was closely monitored. He was placed on antibiotics, analgesics, and the nueter incision site was cold packed until discharge."
On November 22nd, 2012, Maverick was discharged to the care of his owners with the above instructions and prescibed medications.
What is also confusing is that per the paperwork, it clearly states:
"Thank you very much for bringing Maverick in. He is a handsome boy and was a pleasure to work with. Please feel free to contact Dr. Tom Gibson or Dr. Evan Crawford at 519-823-8830 if ou have any questions or concerns, or if you would like to book Maverick in for the surgery."
AND, the estimate given for the surgeries was $2,500 – $3,000 for both sides and the copy of a receipt that I have was for only $1,500.
AND, per the paperwork:
"Please schedule an appointment in 6 weeks from now at the Ontario Veterinary College Surgery Service for radiographic evaluation of Maverick's ulnar ostectomies and re-evaluation of the bilateral angular limb deformities. Further surgeries(repeated ular ostectomies, closed wedge radial osteotomies) in the future may be recommended pending Maverick's clinical status and degree of thoracic angular limb defmormity."
**I have no paperwork that any follow-up was done and it is very hard to determine what was and is an estimate and what really was performed surgically for Maverick.**
When BHRR's Maverick is in with me on Thursday, we for sure, shall be doing X-Rays and go from there. They should give us some answers as to what is going on inside of him. I will place a call with the OVC yet, sometimes it is very hard to obtain
Thank you from my soul and beyond for any possible consideration to his care……even a $1 donation is super!! His Bills shall be extensive! Yet, he is as deserving as any other dog out there of a helping hand.
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People can donate to Kanata Animal Hospital (613) 836-2848 and they will take Visa, M/C and AMEX over the phone under the account of 'Birch Haven Rescue' for 'Maverick'. They will take Debit or Cash in person too!
You can also mail donations via a Bank Draft to:
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RR#1 Oxford Station, Ontario
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BHRR's Maverick's Magnificent Angels $295 donated to date & Bills $227.63
Rachel – Plus a Collar