Bazinga The Wonder Dog Dysplasia

bazinga update


Continuing from yesterday’s post.

I’m still in shock, reeling from everything, so if I sound a bit disjointed, that’s why.

So, Bazinga has hip dysplasia. For those not familiar, it works like a ball and socket. top of the femur fits into the socket of the hip. Her sockets are ‘quite shallow’.

She also has developed thickening aka arthritis on the right side.

What all this means is that the top of her femur is grinding into her hip socket.

She’s in pain.

What we can, and are doing, is to put her on a diet, as she gained weight after she was spayed (typical to happen) to get pressure off her hips. And she’s on pain meds.

We don’t honestly know what the prognosis is, in terms of time. The vet thinks months before we can’t control the pain for her anymore.

Luckily, I have a good friend who’s pretty expert in hip dysplasia, and she’s given me some excellent ideas on how to improve Bazinga’s situation.

So, between her advice, and the vet, we’re hoping to keep Bazinga comfortable for a while to come.

Unfortunately, the only real choice we have is *when* we let her go, not *if*.

I also discovered that two of her littermates also have been diagnosed with hip dysplasia. And, as of today, one of them is slated by the breeder to be bred this year.

That someone would knowingly and deliberately breed dogs that have failed their hip exam is absolutely mind blowing to me.

I’m reeling, just completely in shock from everything.

Having to tell my kids that Bazinga isn’t going to ‘get better’, that sooner or later she’s going to be in too much pain that we won’t have a choice but to put her down is one of the hardest things I’ve had to do. Tazzie stared at me, his eyes filling with tears, asking, “But she’s going to be ok, right Mom? She’ll be fine!” and having to be honest with him, that no, no she won’t be.

We’ll do everything we possibly can, to make her as comfortable as we can, for as long as we can, but that’s all we can do. She’s not going to heal.

Reducing her weight will ease some of the pain, but she’ll need pain meds still, from what I understand.

We’ll have a clearer picture when she goes for a recheck in 10 days, to see if what we’re doing is helping.

All I do know for sure is that I live in daily pain. If we can’t ensure she doesn’t, we will have to put her down.

And it’ll break my heart. And those of my husband and children.

But what’s best for Bazinga will be what guides our decisions.

She deserves that.

So, that’s the update.

And it sucks.

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Bazinga The Wonder Dog Dysplasia — 17 Comments

  1. It’s hard to hold back my own tears right now. Based on what I think Bazinga’s breed is I was afraid of hip dysplasia. There are a lot of irresponsible breeders out there, not to mention breeders who have pushed completely unrealistic standards. Hip dysplasia is a serious, but all-too-common problem for some breeds.

    What matters is Bazinga has given you a lot of happiness and love, and, as hard as it is, you’ve begun the process of returning the favor by not making her suffer unnecessarily.

    • Yes, hip dysplasia was my first thought as well. That the breeder has listed as planning to breed a dog w/dx’d dysplasia just sickens me. We’ll do our best for Bazinga, and hopefully keep her comfortable for a while yet.

      And when we can’t, we’ll do the best for her.

      This just sucks.

  2. So sorry for what y’all are going to have to go through. Having to blink back tears myself right now. My heart goes out to you, your hubby and kids. Love for our animals is great so sorry for the pain that this is going to bring you guys. My prayers are with you and your family in the trying months ahead.

  3. I had a cat who developed epilepsy under age 2, while I was pregnant with our oldest. Because it just got worse, and the medication would have just prolonged her suffering, we had to put her down on the day my daughter turned a week old. We had to make the decision when, not if.
    I can’t imagine having to explain to my peanut why her playmate was hurting, and how our only option was to put her out of her misery. Sending prayers for your suffering.

    • Thank you, Amy

      I think we did ok. Not ‘great’, b/c there’s no ‘great’ to be had in this. But I think being honest w/the kids, w/out giving them a worst case scenario timeline, was the best thing we could do.

  4. My 13 year old Yorkshire Terrier has this, an idiot let her jump off his lap onto hardwood the first time she had it 4 years ago, vet said may or may not get better. She weighs between 5 and 6 pounds so I carried her up steps, etc. for 3 months, gradually she got all well again. Then she went down a flight of steps too fast last week, and she has it again. I had written down the aspirin dose from the other times, as I was a nurse and compulsive. Put her on it again, she still has pain, but really much less, but again I carry her and lift her up and down, she “assumes the position” when she wants lifted. I tried green beans weight loss diet, as instructed per vet, oh what a joke. She is a bit of a porky yorkie again, so no more treats for awhile. Anyway, I know you can’t carry your dog, but don’t give up too soon, you probably don’t know what she did to mess it up. Long post, but just needed to say give her some time, talk to the vet about pain meds, if it gets to that, my dog breed can live to 16 to 18 years, and I have had her now 13, not giving up yet. I have chronic pain so I understand her! Good luck, you are so funny! And brave, I had one kid, who is 33 now, hoping for grandkids someday.

    • Hey Carol Anne!
      HD is a congenital birth defect. Has to do w/the formation of the hip sockets. Sounds like your girl aggravates things when she’s bouncing, or perhaps something w/her ACL?

      I have RSD, which is a severe chronic pain disability, which is probably why I’m so absolute about not allowing Bazinga to suffer. She’s on pain meds already, but the vet was clear that there will come a point, b/c of the arthritis, that they won’t be enough. We’re hoping that her losing weight will buy us some more time.

  5. I am so sorry to hear this horrible news. I have just read your post from today, May 25. I’ve only had to take one of our animals to the vet for the last time. And the time prior to that visit is just as bad if not worse than the last visit itself. If only you could explain to Bazinga that she won’t be in pain any more, that her soul will live on.
    I have been fostering mutts for a while. We’ve only ever had purebred dogs because they were given to us. At this point I hope that you will get another dog, and I hope it will be a rescue dog of undetermined breed. That dog will love you so much.

    • At this point, considering another dog isn’t on our radar. I’m sure, in time, it will be, but not now…and not for a long time, if it were solely up to me. If it were solely up to me, she would be our last dog, but I know that in time, the hurt will ease, and we’re a dog family.

      We tried a rescue before Bazinga. It lunged and tried to bite Princess face while she was sitting in my lap. I don’t have a lot of confidence in rescues after that experience.

      Despite her hips, which is forcing us to make a choice we never wanted to make, Bazinga has been worth it all, her temperment and personality being incredible.

      But, I’m really not wanting to get into a breeder/rescue debate, as I’m sure you can understand.

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  7. I am so sorry. I know it does not help at this point, but usually hip dysplasia starts to show up abut 2 years of age. It ‘runs’ in large breeds, but can happen in smaller ones. When I buy a large breed dog, I try to get one that BOTH the parents have a certification that they did not have hip dysplasia at the time of checking. This does not guarantee that they won’t get it at an older age, but less possibility. Before I bred my Lab, I had her hips x-rayed & sent off to be checked. The sire I used for breeding had certified hips. I tried to have good, quality pups. My now 10 y/o Lab still does not have hip dysplasia, but messed up her knee with running & jumping. Since two of my children got a pup out of the litter, I know that at 7 years old, they do not have hip dysplasia. One did have knee surgery. We believe it was from her continuing to jump off a brick wall to the driveway. But have learned that we now need to also check on knee problems within the their line. Just like people, some thing are inherited.
    I did not have the knowledge back in 1993 to check on hip dysplasia when I bought my son a Lab for graduating college. She was a wonderful dog, but she got hip dysplasia at about 3 years old. Many people wanted a pup out of her. He refused & had her spade. She lived to be 11, with a lot of help from his vet and a lot of money. I was proud that I had taught him well to be a responsible pet parent.
    I am so sorry your family is going through this.

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