My poor baby Dex was diagnosed by xray with HD at 6 months. Before I got Dexter I knew nothing about hd in dogs. I wasnt looking for a dog especially a german shepherd so I came in blindly at being a owner of a gsd and have learned so much from reading everyones posts here. Dexter was from a byb who had to move and couldnt keep the few puppies she had left. She was a wonderful person , from the few months I knew her and seemed to care for her dogs very much. However im not sure if she herself knew about hip dysplasia in german shepherds, as her dogs seemed to be in good shape.
From a puppy he bunny hopped and at around 5 months I noticed he didnt like playing with other dogs that would jump on him. I thought maybe they frightened him and blew it off to that. But what really bothered me was he also seemed to be in pain if he ran and played awhile at the dog park. After reading the signs here about hip dysplasia : the bunny hopping, popping hips and the fact that he didnt like me moving his legs around and other dogs around the hind area I had xrays done. The xrays showed that he had hip dysplasia, especially in his left hip. I will post the xrays. We went to see an ortho who confirmed it and said he would be a candidate for a total hip replacement down the line.
The ortho also suggested Adequan, glucosamine shot injected into the muscle. he said he uses it in alot of arthritic dogs but has been using it in dogs with hip dysplasia and seeing some good results. It was 800 dollars for one month (Adequan in short supply and also the fact he uses a little more than the recommended dose. Dexter is around 70 to 74 lbs and he gives him 2 ccs.) Being this ortho was new to me I didnt know if he was just trying to get more money or being genuine, but i thought id try it. He also gave me rimadyl for pain, which i gave very sparingly maybe four times a week. We also did 4 laser treatments to help with some irritation and pain. And I continued giving human grade glucosamine with msm and fish oil every day (had started around 5 months)
After about the 6th shot I noticed an improvement in Dex. He would take longer walks and run without showing pain after. No more rimadyl. Dexter is now on his 11th shot. I take him back every two weeks for another shot and he is doing so much better . If it wasnt for the bunny hopping i wouldnt notice anything at all. He plays with other dogs, runs really fast at the dog park and lets me move his legs around. He also doesnt puppy sit anymore, but that could just be with age.
Im not saying Adequan is a miracle drug, or has healed Dex. I know he will always have HD and will take more xrays down the line. (I have not neutered him yet.) but I just wanted to let everyone know incase this can help someone else that may be going through the same thing we are.
Please let me know if you have tried Adequan and how it has worked for you? Also I am still looking into treatments for Dexters HD down the line and am interested in learning if anyone has tried stem cell therapy. There are quite a few offices out here and in san diego that are doing the stem cell in house. ive heard the younger they are the better the stem cell therapy works.