We were a little worried that she might have the same tick-borne illness that my dad's dog had, which was causing Lenny some leg pain as well. However, her temperature was normal and blood work came back clean. Our vet thought he heard a “popping” in her knee, but it wasn’t hurting her or inflamed at all. Her hips also seemed fine with a physical examination, but just to be sure, he took X-rays of her pelvis/hips. And then we saw the problem. She has hip luxation (hip dislocation) in her right hip (the leg that’s been shaking). He said that femoral head has been separated from the pelvic acetabulum (or the “ball” is out of the hip socket), which means her hip pops in and out of place without much effort. When the ball is out of the socket, the bones are rubbing together causing her pain. The vet thinks this was probably a pre-existing condition that she’s been dealing with for a while. But more troubling, he said her left hip looked “terrible.” She’s got chronic arthritis in that hip, which has been trying to “remodel” itself (the joints in that hip are scarred and inflamed). So, he put her on some anti-inflammatory pain medicine and referred us to an orthopedic surgeon here in town.
Femoral Head Ostectomy