Hello- Needing Major Support
Hello to everyone. I enjoy reading this site as I LOVE GSD's. I am in major need of friendly support right now. This is our story:
We had a great and wonderful GSD that grew up with my son. We went through personal protection training with him and he was the best dog ever. At 13 yrs old after suffering for years with Hip Dysplasia we finally agreed to let him be at rest. Felt like losing another child!
Fast Forward - I now have 2 wonderful Grandbabies and decided that we needed another GSD to grow up with them. I have had several large breed dogs throughout the years but non could replace our shepherd. So 2 weeks ago we bought Heidi. She is a gorgeous fully AKC registered GSD that was living in a 3 story apt. with some college kids. They truly loved her and wanted the best so they let her come to us for pennies compared to what they had paid for her. She will be 5 months old tomorrow and is so smart it amazes me. She reminds me perfectly of the dog we loved so much. The day we got her I noticed she was weak in her back legs but we were told by the kids that had her she had fallen and hurt herself on their floor. In the past 2 weeks she has fallen continuously, cries in pain, bunny hops when she runs, has trouble getting up,etc..... Yep, I suspected Hip Dysplasia. After trip to the vet who confirmed that is what is looks like we are set to get x-rays this week.
I don't know if I can do this again. I watched our dog suffer so much and this baby is just 5 months old. I have already put her on buffered aspirin, limited her exercise to walking and watching her diet. She is on Glucosamine supplements and etc..... We do not have the money for surgery - no way no how - that is out. So - I just need someone to help me work this out in my head. I am not trying to put the cart before the horse so to speak, I know I have to wait for confirmation but I do know she is in pain no matter what I do and I do know it certainly looks like Hip Dysplasia.
Any support or comforting words will do! I feel like this week we will have to decide how to proceed forward and what to do. Thanks -