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I'm considering adopting a 4 1/2 month old dog that was t by

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I'm considering adopting a 4 1/2 month old dog that was hit by a car at 2 months, she broke her hip and pelvis and underwent an ORIF. She has a lot of hardware now. She seems great now- jumping and playing.She walks normally but has a valgus deformity (slight) in her back legs. Given her young age, i hope she'll be fine.
Should I expect major issues?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today. I do apologize that your question was not answered before. Different experts come online at various times; I just came online, read about your wee one’s situation, and wanted to help.

Generally speaking, if she is moving well at this stage and has had no damage to her growth plates, then we'd not anticipate any major issues for her with her previous trauma. That said, one issue that could arise as she ages would be arthritis at the fracture sites and the joints associated with the valgus (should it worsen with time). Both are something we do see in dogs with each issue. Therefore, we would need to monitor for this over her life and potentially consider having her on nutritional supplement (ie glucosamine, chondroitin, omega 3+6, duralactin, etc) to just support her joints as she ages.

All the best,

Dr. B.