Mandy - Rottie female, 22 months, due for total hip replacement surgery
by Nalani Craven
(Johannesburg, South Africa)
The most beautiful girl entered my life after a very bad experience with my first rottie demising from bone cancer at 6 years of age. So I was very careful not to get a puppy from an unreputable source.
So, great was my shock when I realised at 12 months that she was mostly deaf. Also, when my vet saw her walking, he was very alarmed at how bad her hip dysplasia was. She is prone to ear infections, specially the one ear and has green speckled eyes! Those eyes should have been a huge red light.
I did ask my vet how it still is possible after seeing her siblings being strong, healthy pups. He explained to me that it is possible that both parents carried a recessive gene and she was the unfortunate one. But as you know, you just completely fall in love and nothing can stop you.
So, yes, now we have to do the hip surgery and I'm researching the after care.
I will keep you updated on our experience.