Laurie Brooks, Deirdre Barrett, Dysplasia discussed on Animal Radio

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And here at animal radio we love us some dogs. We love us some cats and we love us some chickens. Chickens again. Chickens. We are having supermodel summer rain on today. Summer rain oaks. Lori said earlier, is that her real name? Of course it's a real name. It's on her birth certificate. What a crazy question that is. But she is unlike any model that you know. And I hate to stereotype or generalize, but let me tell you this young lady here, you're going to like her doctor Debbie. She loves bugs. Oh. She actually went to Cornell, to study edit, which is oh, I really like her now. I understand it will ask her about this. I understand in her house, she has really kind of an ecosystem where she has to release certain bugs to counteract the beneficial insects. Beneficial insects is what they call them. Which is very strange. But most importantly, she has a chicken, and this chicken is like her favorite pet friend, whatever you want to call it. This chicken is mostly with her all the time. Wherever she goes on the subways, to photo shoots. And apparently it was a foster failure situation with her. She felt like she's quick to point out too that the chicken kippy is not her emotional support animal. Yes. That she is the emotional support human for the chicken. We're gonna find out more about this coming up in just a few minutes with summer rain, oaks right here on animal radio. Also, do your pets dream. Yes, sure. Oh yeah. Of course. You see their little legs kicking and they're twitchy. Twitching in that. What are they dreaming? That's the question. We're going to try to find out with doctor deirdre Barrett. She is an author and a psychologist who teaches it. And she's known for her research on dreams, hypnosis, and imagery. She's written a book on evolutionary psychology. Remind me to ask her if we should wake them up while they're dreaming. You do that, Judy, don't you? You wake your dog up when she's having a bad dream. Yeah. Okay, I'll remind you to ask her that, okay? Thank you. Someone remind me that, remind her. Okay, I'll remind you to remind her I can't remind anybody because I'm gonna forget. Yeah. I already did. We'll also be talking about noise phobias on today's show and those noises that scare your animals and what to do about them. But first, your calls for doctor Debbie or Joey velana, yes, he's here to answer your calls too. You can also ask your questions for the free animal radio app for iPhone Android and BlackBerry. And at the bottom of every hour we do a news check with miss Laurie Brooks, or should I say doctor Laurie Brooks? Because you got to be a doctor or something, right? You're so smart. No, I'm a nurse, actually, but no. You are. Not a doctor. You smarter than some doctors. I am a nurse. A human nurse. Yes, a human nerd. We have to clarify, because we call veterinary nurses do. Do you really, I've often wondered that I heard it in one vet office and I thought, that's interesting. I've never heard that before. It's kind of up and coming. But yeah, some places do it just so people can relate to who the staff member is, that they're looking at. So that they understand nurse. Technician doesn't mean a whole lot to that. Right. Right. Well, coming up, I'm going to tell you about there is a new social media network coming out. But it is only for wildlife. And how humans will be able to participate in that, but still keep it animals only thing. It's a great idea. I'm so intrigued. I'm wondering how this wildlife likes something with their little toes and things. Without that type of thumb, that's kind of difficult. We're going to find out at the bottom of this hour with Lori Brooks. First, your calls. Let's see. Hey Randy. Hey, how you doing? Doing good. Where are you calling from? I'm calling from orange, California. Okay, listening on coast, I assume, how can we help you the whole team is here for you? Okay, well, I was calling, I just have a little anxiety. My dog, she is about four and a half years old. And she is, she pulled up limp a couple of months ago, where she wouldn't use the right leg. I took her to emergency and they did a battery of tests and x-rays and the vet said that she saw displacement in both. Oh, okay. And so then I took her the recurred me to a surgeon, which I took to and they were showing me and I could see the dysplasia in the x-rays. But he showed me these little pieces that he said were in there and said that we should do surgery, but then she pulled up. It's been over two months. So he's only had an incident like once. And it lasted like a day and a half I kept her on bed rest. But it's like she runs in place and nothing happens. And then every once in a while, so it's like, I want to make sure I'm doing the right thing. Sure. Schedule for the 12 for her surgery, but I just don't want to put her through it. It reaches well, she's young enough to do it now and so I'm just confused. Sure, now in what kind of breed wish she again? She is a golden mix. Okay, golden retriever mix. Okay, well. If I could, if I could have made a standard case description of a breed for elbow dysplasia, I would say either a golden retriever or a Labrador retriever. Just meaning I do see it a lot in those breeds, as well as some others, Germans, masks, and even dachshunds on the small side of the crew. Oh, wow. Yeah, so elbow dysplasia is kind of the equivalent of hip dysplasia, but in a different joint. And the most typical time we would notice this if we were fortunate enough to pick it up, is sometimes as young as 6 to 12 months of age. So in some cases, with young dogs that have kind of occasional limping when they're young, it could be sometimes the first hint that we have a problem. But a lot of times it really doesn't manifest at that young age. So we don't know about it until they get a bit older and we start to get the arthritis developing in there. So the trick with elbow dysplasia and what I would advise and I think please stand really most surgeons would advise is that the sooner we can intervene with surgery than the better chance of it being of benefit. And that does depend, I'm not on the ground and looking at your pet and the x-rays and so forth. But that's in general. So I would much rather recommend and follow through it with surgery in a younger than an older pet because once we're older, we typically are going to have a lot more degenerative changes in the elbow. The elbow joint isn't really a joint that we have a lot of room in there. So it's a hinge joint. So when they start to get these what we call osteophytes, which are basically little pieces of bone that start to develop associated with the arthritis, it limits the range of motion of the joint, but it causes pain. So that takes a long time for those things to develop and see on an x-ray. So we would rather catch these cases early, do surgery and we're always going to have some arthritis. We knew that's going to always be the case. But they have better return to function and less arthritis if we intervene when they're younger before we get a lot going on there. You know, her name is nunu. And trust her, which means a little girl in Chinese, but I asked our primary vet and she goes, I go, doctor vanny has got she's only four years old and she's as well as that's a lot of times when it develops,.

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