Tucker has been evaluated by our orthopedic vet and will be having surgery on Monday to treat the OCD of the left shoulder. This has a good prognosis following surgery. For the right shoulder, it is difficult to determine if the cause is congenital or from trauma. The recommended course of action is to wait until his growth plates mature and re-evaluate his right shoulder at that time to determine next steps. Tucker is doing great in his foster home and gets along well with the female boxer. He would love to have another dog in his forever home. Please consider making a donation towards Tucker’s surgery next week.
Tucker was surrendered to rescue due to his medical needs. He was originally purchased from a mill/backyard breeder in Pennsylvania. His owner noticed right front lameness around 4 months of age. Tucker is stiff when he first gets up, but is still able to play and be active. He will cry or whine when resting. Tucker was examined at a specialty hospital on 3/20/17. The X-rays of his right shoulder possibly show an old fracture that is healing and malforming the shoulder joint. The right shoulder will likely require surgery. What makes the recovery challenging is that radiographic findings were also shown on Tucker’s other limbs. In the pelvic radiographs, Tucker has mild hip dysplasia. On the radiograph of the left shoulder, the humeral head is flattened and is consistent with OCD (osteochondritis dissecans), which is a heritable developmental disease in which the cartilage of the humeral forms abnormally and develops a flap. This condition is treated surgically and the prognosis is good.
We have provided all of Tucker’s medical records to our orthopedic surgeon, and will be setting him up soon with a consult to determine the next steps we can take to help Tucker. Tucker is in a foster home with a female boxer and several children. He is housebroken and crate trained. Tucker is settling in well and we will update his page once we know more. Please consider donating towards his care.