Young Lavender is suffering from Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy (HOD), which is a bone disease that occurs in fast-growing large dogs. What this means is that as she grows, her growth plates are swelling like crazy and it causes her a tremendous amount of pain. Once she stops growing, this pain will go away and she can go on to live the life of a healthy dog. Until then, it's going to be many months of care and management. We're keeping her pain at a low by using a fentanyl patch. She's also taking steroids as part of her treatment, but the type of steroids she's on causes her immune system to be very weak, so we have to be extra careful with handling her. It's going to be a long road ahead until this sweet girl is free of pain, but once she gets through it we know she's going to live the best life possible. If you can help us manage and treat Lavender's Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy, please give to her medical fund today.
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