|Lab Partners at her home port,|
Where she will wait for 9 months
until Cally can go aboard
|Casts for 3-4 weeks.|
and declares, "We are selling the boat. If she can't go on the boat; we are not doing The Loop without her."
Our regular Vet, Doc Bassford at Four Legs Animal Hospital in Davidsonville, MD; explains Cally has a genetic disorder, Osteochondrosis, osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) and sends us VOSM, cutting edge Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Veterinarians in Annapolis Junction.
We had been there previously with her when Cally tore BOTH of her groin muscles at 7 months old (probably related and we didn't know it then). Veterinarian Orthopedic and Sports Medicine (VOSM) explains it like this on their website, www.VOSM.com:
"Osteochondritis is a disorder in growing bone where cartilage between bony areas becomes thickened and fails to grow into bone. Causes of Osteochondritis include genetic factors, trauma, and nutrition. Signs of this abnormal bone growth usually appear as lameness and are more common in fast growing, larger breed puppies."
|Can't walk past the front yard and no stairs for weeks|
|Ice packs 3 to 4 times a day for months|
|She is a trooper!|
|Rehab is Ultra Sound Therapy, high tech shots and more|
|Water treadmill for strength & exercise,|
but no swimming, yet
9 Months of restrictions, healing, rehab and love. But, at this point ... she doesn't know anything other than her sore ankles; she just deals with it like a trooper!!
|Cally ok'ed to swim on her own again!!|
She is a happy girl in the water
|Cally's FIRST boat trip! She's a boat dog, after all!!|