9month old, hip questions
Sasha is 9 months old, weights around 55lbs, skinny but active and healthy. The vet the other day said she felt the rotation of the legs/hips and wasnt very smooth. She said it could be the beginning but its still early to early to tell. The recommend starting Glucosamine and just keeping an eye on her.
Now she doesn't ever seem to be in pain. Sasha LOVES to play ball, and shes crazy rough when chasing the ball! IE, sliding to get it. But after about 15mins I do see her rear leg limp a little. At that point I immediately stop.
So my questions...
Glucosamine of preference? Were trying the Greenies since they label the most MG.
And should I get an xray? DR said it wouldn't hurt too, but since shes still growing that the best time is around 2 years of age.
Also is her crazy way of chasing down the ball going to hurt her long term??
I'd watch her jumping in the air and slamming down if that's going on with the ball chasing. Running itself, on grass wouldn't concern me as much.
Also, without x-rays you can't tell anything.
I give my dogs the joint mix of
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Alot of pet stores have it and you can also get it online. Make sure it's the one with the silver label, that's the joint mix. It's a brown powder you just sprinkle over the dogs food and then add water to gravy it. My dogs LOVE it!
If she's going lame or limps after 15 minutes of exercise I'd get that x-ray done. You can definitely see if she'll have HD at this point. You can't get the x-rays officially graded and have an official OFA certificate...but if its bad, or if it exists it will show at this point. Dogs are really bad at showing pain. And if they've felt that kind of pain their whole life they just get used to it.
The only way to know for sure is to x-ray, if you have any doubts you should get it done.
My GSD mix was exhibiting symptoms of HD at the age your puppy is. My vet did x-rays and then when it was confirmed she put her on Glycoflex 3. We have since added Cosequin in addition to the Glycoflex 3. Another one we have used with success is Jointagen.
Just to give you a small amount of peace of mind, Rosa was diagnosed with severe HD in both hips and after seeing an orthopedic specialist we went ahead and had a THR done on the worst hip. It has greatly improved her mobility, it is like night and day. So HD is not the end of the world by any means.
But, as was mentioned, diagnosis cannot be confirmed without x ray. If you want to skip the middleman (your vet), you can go directly to an orthopedic specialist who will be very experienced in the proper positioning (important). It might cost a bit more, but you are paying for the skill of the specialist. Plus, if your vet does see something amiss and you need to go on to an orthopedic consult, they may want to do their own x rays anyway.
Thanks everyone. Ill probably do the xray during her spay.
She doesn't severely limp, but I notice a difference. But then I could be thinking the worst from all that I hear about GSD's.
I figured preventive maintenance is better than treatment of full condition.
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