Silk Road Spring 2013 - page 10

Lola’s Legacy: One Silk’s Experience
with Legg-Calve-Perthes (LCP)
by Dionne Franklin
ometimes you just know something is not
right. That is how I felt when I scrolled through the
soaped photos of my little cream girl on the digital
camera. There was nothing I could put my finger on, she
ran and played just like the other puppies and looked
perfectly healthy. But in her soaps she was consistently
leaning to the side causing her legs to look off in some of
her photos. I knew her legs were straight because in the
photos where she stood up, the front looked fine, and I
could feel that they were straight, too. No matter how
many times I looked at them, the pictures bothered me,
so I called my regular vet and made an appointment for
the next day.
My vet examined Lola and said she was just “standing
lazy.”He could feel that the joints were all in line. Though
I knew he was right about the joints being in line, I was
unsatisfied. He said I could take her to the big pet hospi-
tal to see an orthopedist, so I took her to the specialist
and brought some of the other puppies for comparison.
Five hundred dollars, a full consult, and some x-rays
later, I got, “she looks great, no abnormalities,” and an
explanation that centered around soft tissue in puppies
making things look funny if they aren’t standing up
straight and you happen to be really observant. There
was nothing to worry about because she was a perfectly
healthy puppy.
Lola goes to her new home with Cheryl
(Cheryl’s story)
“I couldn’t wait to get to Atlanta to pick up my new little
girl. My only girl, actually, so it was all the more exciting.
We got home to horse country in Pennsylvania and she
just settled right into our lives. She had a new big brother
to harass and my whole family to love and dote over her.
She was just the opposite of our Silk boy, Max, and it was
delightful having her here. They were a constant source of
amusement. Everything was going well and my only com-
plaint to her breeder was her fear of moving vehicles.
After learning that we did not get much traffic around
here, Dionne recommended that I take her out someplace
where she could see cars regularly. Otherwise our little
Lola was perfect. She was an absolute sweetheart. She was
a happy, playful, energetic, and loving puppy that was
quick to give kisses and even quicker to steal her brother’s
treats if he didn’t eat them fast enough. Sometimes she
took them right out of his mouth!
“Then one day, just a few weeks shy of her first
birthday, she was limping and not herself. I didn’t like it,
but she did get better and I thought she would be OK.
A week later she was not herself again. She just lay in her
bed and did not want to move. I knew with every fiber of
my being that something was horribly wrong. I called
our vet. I called Dionne and left an urgent message telling
her what was going on and asking for advice. I drove an
hour in a blizzard so that Lola could be seen by our vet
that day.
“The vet took an x-ray and told me that she had a spot
on the head of her femur. She suspected that Lola had
Legg-Calve-Perthes. My first question was what the heck
is that? The second was, what causes it and the last and
most important questions were, how do we fix it and is
Lola going to be OK? The doctor explained and I was
able to get the gist of what she
was saying. The bone in Lola’s
hip joint was damaged and it was
causing her pain. It had probably
been there for a while and she
would need surgery to get better.
Lola is my happy little girl. Her
tail is always wagging and she is
always smiling, how could she
Lola as a puppy
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