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#6585493 - 12/13/16 04:24 PM Tough day.....
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On a day when everything is looking good it can turn in a hurry. Frank had just got his second win of the fall season at the Arkansas Derby Classic a little over a week ago. 45 min heats with a big race and a broke covey find out front. When released from his point he looked to be favoring his rear leg. Virgil Moore whoa'd him and checked his pads found nothing and turned him out. He finished the last 4 min. strong but on the way back to the dog wagon he carried the leg.

For those who have lost a good one, and most of us have, you know how I feel today. Sometimes you ask questions you really don't want the answer too. This was one of them. Got two vets to look at Franks xrays and the consensus is hip dysplasia or at best degenerative bone disease. Not really a fix that would allow him to be as athletic as he needs to be. Even with a complete hip replacement he would be at risk running hard in rough country. I won't use him at stud now so it's a pretty sad day.

I saw great potential in him as did Virgil and we both are kind of stunned. I may be able to keep him on pain meds and let him bird hunt sparingly but not even sure I want to put him through that. So I guess Frank is retired and will have a place in my kennel. It's going to hurt for awhile seeing him and thinking about what he loved to do but can't now. Tough day.
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#6585530 - 12/13/16 04:41 PM Re: Tough day..... [Re: Chet]
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Dang, I hate to hear that. He's such a beautiful dog. I've never heard of hip dysplasia in a pointer. My friend with the red setters got it diagnosed in his youngest dog. The medications seem to be working for him.

A lady in NSTRA had a britt that ran without a hip joint, but that's a whole different game.
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#6585534 - 12/13/16 04:45 PM Re: Tough day..... [Re: Chet]
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Tough week for dogs! Sorry.
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#6585547 - 12/13/16 04:58 PM Re: Tough day..... [Re: Chet]
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I am so sorry!
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#6585623 - 12/13/16 05:53 PM Re: Tough day..... [Re: Chet]
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I hate to hear that, for you and him.
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#6585636 - 12/13/16 06:04 PM Re: Tough day..... [Re: Chet]
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When will you know what it really is? I've had a couple of hip problems over the years and the pointers got better.
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#6585639 - 12/13/16 06:07 PM Re: Tough day..... [Re: Chet]
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Hate to hear that. How is he bred?

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#6585667 - 12/13/16 06:27 PM Re: Tough day..... [Re: bill oxner]
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Dangit Chet. Sorry to hear that Buddy. Frank sounded like one of those you get every once in a blue moon.
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#6585778 - 12/13/16 07:47 PM Re: Tough day..... [Re: scalebuster]
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Originally Posted By: scalebuster
Hate to hear that. How is he bred?


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Edited by Chet (12/13/16 07:47 PM)
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#6585953 - 12/13/16 09:22 PM Re: Tough day..... [Re: Chet]
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Sorry to hear, very disappointing news. However, it probably wouldn't hurt to get a second opponion and try to stay optimistic about the situation.
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#6586076 - 12/13/16 10:50 PM Re: Tough day..... [Re: Chet]
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Sorry Chet. Hoping there is a silver lining in there somewhere.

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#6586162 - 12/14/16 05:34 AM Re: Tough day..... [Re: Chet]
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Sorry to hear that
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#6586172 - 12/14/16 05:57 AM Re: Tough day..... [Re: Chet]
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It's certainly bad news Chet but I think maybe not the end of the dog's useful life. If you want a second opinion I know a vet who has experience with hip issues. He operated on a dog for me that was down and got him going. PM if interested.

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#6586354 - 12/14/16 09:04 AM Re: Tough day..... [Re: Chet]
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Registered: 05/13/16
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It's not over yet. Hang him up for a while and look into stem cell injection. It's not cheap but it works miracles. I see people with degenerative issues recover miraculously with stem cell all the time.

Check this out.
https://www.good.is/articles/animal-stem-cell-therapy

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#6586357 - 12/14/16 09:06 AM Re: Tough day..... [Re: Chet]
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Maybe stud him out and use the money for cure:) get creative for your boy

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