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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-28-2014, 10:25 AM Thread Starter
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What would you do? Almost 8 months and HD

So over the last week I've been really anylizing Tego and watching for how he moves and acts and just trying to see where he is mentally. And I'm not happy....last night at about 2:30am was the straw that broke the camels back. But I'll elaborate on that in a moment.

I recently asked about glucosamine for him and got some good ideas there, but I need a little more insight from people that have perhaps been in my shoes. Tego will be 8 months old at the beginning of July and I believe he has HD, pretty badly for his age. He has never run full blast in his entire lifetime and he doesn't jump on things. The jumping didn't bother me, I just figured that was something that made him unique. But now I'm leaning towards it being health related. Speaking of health related, if you haven't read any of my ther posts, we have nearly lived at the vet office since he was 8 weeks old.

But on to the hips.... when he goes potty, he doesn't lift his leg, which again, I thought it was just him, not all males have to hike their leg. But then I also noticed that he doesn't squat and poo, he squats and then walks while he goes. He won't just sit still. He is unable to bound up stairs, he walks up them slowly. When he does run(at his own slower pace) he bunny hops. When he walks he is very straight and stiff legged. There's nothing fluid to his movement. He extremely weak and wobbly on his hind end. He stands very slowly/gradually from a sitting and laying down position. He is cow hocked.

This week I've noticed him whining when he tries to get up from a laying down position. And then there's the cherry on top of 2:30 this am.... I woke up to him whining and figured he'd gotten himself stuck under the bed(again) and needed help to get out. But he hadn't. He was just on the floor at the foot of the bed tring to sit up. He was trying to thrust himself up but couldn't and I had to put my hand on his side and push him over to get him up. That alone has crushed me. An eight month old should not need human assistance to merely sit up.

We have x-rays set for Tuesday morning to see exactly where we stand and I've had a suggestion to try Adequan, which I'm happy to try things to help him, but in the back of my mind I wonder how much help we can actually give him. He's very lean, actually a much smaller shepherd than normal as he's the runt. Doing hip surgery is in no way a possibility for us financially.

So with all this info....what would you do? What would your plan of action be?

If you've made it to the bottom of this post, thanks for sticking with me and reading everything!
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