Last week I spent most of the time trying to find out what’s wrong with Gracie the puppy. Turns out she’s got moderate hip dysplasia – a problem some Labradors are unlucky enough to develop later in life, or in Gracie’s case, be born with.
Her hips are just out of joint, which you can see from the two pictures below – a normal one from a text book, versus poor Gracie’s hip x-ray. Poor puppy was feeling sorry for herself after coming round from the x-rays – it made us chuckle as she kept whimpering for about an hour or so afterwards, even though she was right as rain!
Although that’s getting harder the more she grows! As you can see, she’s a fully fledged teenager now, in puppy years! She’ll be six months at the end of September.
Having been to the vet’s, I’m told she can be ‘fixed’ – she might have to have an op called a TPO done by a local specialist, and most dogs recover fully. It’s good we caught it so early apparently. So thank goodness for Pet Plan is all I can say.
The appointment is at the end of September – I’ll keep you informed but I’m told the op can be a huge success so I’m confident it’ll be fine in the end, poor pup!
I'm back on air for six days on the trot now, before going off on the first of my September mini-breaks. Going to Stonehenge on a walking/archaeology holiday next week – told you I’m a geek deep down!
But in the meantime do make sure you join me on air.