At 5 years 9 months, Zeke was diagnosed tonight with bilateral hip dysplasia, degenerative changes more severe on the left side. I always expected he would have some joint problems as his rear end has poor conformation, I just always hoped it would be closer to 7-8 years of age before he started showing clinical signs.
I know it's not horrible, I'm still pretty upset about it
Coworker noted last night "Is your dog favoring his right rear leg?" None of us, even the doctor, could really appreciate it that well - VERY mild. I'm surprised she even noted it (yay for amazing technician
). But when the doctor palpated the hips and put pressure on the left side Zeke definitely showed a pain response and attempted to sit down. His limb extension is still good. So hopefully a little weight loss and glucosamine will prevent the need for pain medication at this point.
I'll post xrays as soon as I get done doing my hourly patient treatments.
Not really any questions, just more of an "I'm sad" post...
~Emergency Vet Tech
Berlin vom Spartanville 1/13/13
2008 - 7/23/12
"Take this trouble from me: Make sure my shepherd dog remains a working dog, for I have struggled all my life long for that aim." Max Von Stephanitz