About Abbey

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Donation for Abbey the Labradoodle 


Primary Veterinarian Information:
Dr. John McLemore

Gateway Animal Hospital
8000 4th St North
St. Petersburg FL   33702
Phone: 727-577-6500

Secondary Veterinarian Information:
Dr. Douglas Bruns

Tampa Bay Veterinary Specialist
1501A Belcher Road South
Largo FL 33771-4505
Phone:  727-535-3500

Note donation is for Abbey the Labradoodle



This is Abbey's Story

Owner:  Carol
Birthdate:  August 5, 2009

Type:  Labradoodle

I purchased Abbey from a breeder in late October, 2009.  However, she no longer answers the phone number or the e-mail address.  I did not think about it, nor did she offer a health warranty.  There were other pups in the litter, and I chose Abbey and she chose me.  

Abbey was 11 weeks old.  She was perfect! Beautiful, smart, everything a Mom could want.  We took her to our Vet for an initial exam and to have  her puppy shots completed.  He did mention that she was a little boney in her hip area, and suggested we feed her Royal Canin. She’s still  eating that today.  Other than that, she was perfect in every way.  We crate trained her and took her to Kindergarten Puppy School.  Life was good.  She is such a happy girl!  I’ve never known a dog with her disposition. 

In June, her groomer noticed her hips were very narrow and suggested
we take her to the Vet to see if she had hip dysplasia.  We had noticed that she raises herself up off the floor strangely.  It became obvious
that she was using the strength of her front body to pull herself up.
We had also noticed that she never jumped up on the couch, but would
put her front legs up, then pull herself up using her rear feet
minimally.   But we just thought it was because she was growing and her legs were so long and kind of gangly. 

I made an appointment with Dr. McLemore for June 11th and he took X-rays.  He showed us the X-rays and said that Abbey had no hip sockets at all.  He suggested we take her for a consultation at the Tampa Bay Veterinary
Specialist, as they were experts and could give us a better idea of
what options we had.  Dr. McLemore prescribed Rimadyl. 

June 14th we had a consultation with Dr. Bruns.  He confirmed Dr. McLemore’s diagnosis and told us there were two options, total hip replacement at a cost of $5400 per hip or femoral head osteotomy at $1500 per hip.  I did not have that kind of money.  We discussed that Abbey has never vocalized that she was in pain. Because I don’t have the money to get Abbey the surgery she needed right away, we decided to watch her and see how she does. 

She has done okay, in her own way.  She’s always happy; she loves people and her walks.  She has even brought out the puppy in my grouchy 11 year old Lhasa Apso!  Now he plays with Abbey and he has never played until Abbey joined the family! 

In the last month, we noticed that after walking a short distance, maybe 5 minutes,  Abbey just lays down.  She doesn’t cry.  She just gives up.  Also when she’s laying on the rug in the living room and she wants to move around, she gets up into a sitting position, and then just moves her front legs to rotate herself, with her rear lying on the ground.  Now she only stands on 3 legs, with her left rear paw barely touching the ground.  When she gets excited, she keeps her back legs together and “bunny” hops to move quickly. 

Two Saturdays ago we had both dogs at the Saturday Morning Market and
 ran into several Doodle owners.  We had Abbey sitting in the grass resting and everyone was coming over asking to pet her.  As we were leaving we ran into a couple with 3 Doodles and they were asking about Abbey.  We were telling them about her medical problems.  It was they who suggested we check out The Doodle Zoo and The Doodle Messenger.

I don’t know what to do.  My worst fear is I’ll wake up some day and Abbey will have no use of her rear legs.  I know that from discussion with Dr. Bruns that of course the total hip replacement is her best option.  I do know the choice is one the surgeon makes with us the day before surgery.  And, I only know that Abbey deserves a chance to live a pain free life.  We desperately need financial help to get her what is best for her.  We don’t care that she walks funny……and she does, kind of a girly waddle that others think is cute.  I know it is because her hips aren’t right.  She has so much to give not only this family, but
every person she meets. 

Thank you for any help you can give. 

More On Abbey


Abbey joins our other Doods suffering from hip dysplasia, however, hers is different in that she has little remaining of the balls and sockets in her back hips at this time.  If untreated, she will soon be unable to walk.  It is likely her case will be resolved with ball and socket replacement as part of total hip replacement.  Again, a difficult surgery and a long recovery.  As with our others, this is a young Doodle who was diagnosed shortly after purchase.  The breeder is apparently no longer in business to help or support this lovely girl and her family. 

 Interesting Links:

Links to our other Doodles with displasia are all interesting to read and relate in some way to Abbey's case.  However, here are several that deal more specifically with Abbey's hip and socket replacement.  

 www.suite101.com/.content/treatment-options-in-canine-hip-dysplasia-a117432 -