Hip replacement or pain meds??
My German Shepherd is almost 7 and was first diagnosed with hip dysplasia when she was about 1 year old. Through the years she has been ok, an occasional limp, but most of the time she is her usual, full of energy, self. Over the last year, she has been much worse. She is having trouble walking up the steps, she can walk them but she is very slow. She doesn't jump on the couch anymore, and she has been yelping sometimes when getting up.
So we took her to the vet today and they did xrays. The vet said she has severe dysplasia in both hips and arthritis. We talked about hip replacement surgery but he said he would recommend waiting on that. He gave her pain medicine instead.
I don't know what to do. I can't stand seeing her in pain. Has anyone else been in this situation. Did you choose pain medicine over having surgery. Did the pain meds help? I'm wondering if I should try to go see an orthopedic specialist to see what they say.