10-20-16 Update: We've received some unsettling news about Bella. When we took her in for vetting, upon physical exam, the vet felt something unusual about her left femur. Upon X-rays he found that she had, sometime in her past, broken her femur. Likely from something traumatic, like being hit by a car, or god forbid, being kicked very hard or some other trauma. As the vet said, 'it's a big bone, something substantial had to have happened for it to break'. The great news is that she's showing no outward symptoms of having any trouble with that leg, and enough time has passed that it's healed the best way it can (clearly no veterinary care was received, as it healed very messy, but it healed nonetheless). I do have to be perfectly blunt that there is a potential that it may cause problems in the future, or she may be perfectly fine for the rest of her life. There's no reason to do anything about it, per the doctor.
I have worked in the vet field for 16 years and fostered well over 200 shepherds over the last 15 years and I didn't even fathom something was wrong with that leg. She runs, she plays, she zooms up and down stairs faster than lightning. She jumps on and off the bed as though she has springs :)
The vet also saw that she had a slight lameness on her left front leg, which he believes might be compensating for her femur injury. She'll be on pain meds post operatively, it'll be interesting to see if there's any noticeable change.
10-18-16 Bella is a 10 month old female, recently surrendered due to allergies. She's a typical full grown puppy with energy to spare. She's looking for an active home, and continuance with her obedience and social skills. Great with other dogs, but shows entirely too much interest with cats to live safely with them.
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