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Old 11-28-2012, 03:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Stretches every time he gets up.

Some seem to think that hip dysplasia is a myth, others show that it exists. How is it diagnosed, when do first symptoms appear, and what can be done? Glucosimine/chondrotin/MSM. Is that an option? does anyone know? And does anyone ever respond to questions?
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Old 11-28-2012, 03:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hip dysplasia is not a myth. If you are conernced about it you need to take your dog to the vet and have him X-rayed.
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It's not a myth, it's very real.

When you say he stretches what do you mean? Gaia stretches like a cat whenever she wakes up, it's one of her quirks.
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If Suki has been laying down for any amount of time, she usually stretches her back legs (we call it her 'yoga dog pose'). She curls up like a cat when she sleeps/lays down, so she has to stretch to get the muscles warmed up. She has no problems with her hips whatsoever. Stretching does not equal HD.
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You would want to find a vet who knows how to properly position hips/elbows for OFA submission & review & you would get results of those x-rays.

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(my dog also stretches all the time...I am not worried)
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Who says it is a myth? It is diagnosed by x-ray, that is the only way. If you are concerned, get the x-ray. I've never heard that it has anything to do with stretching.... (my GSD has quite an elaborate stretching routine but he is OFA Good).
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I do believe I've heard that excessive stretching is a sign of hip dysplasia. As far as I know, THAT is the myth; HD is very real. I don't recall where I heard the excessive stretching part. I agree with everyone else though. If you are unsure (or just curious) get some xrays and send them to OFA. My dog's hips are rated OFA Good and she stretches regularly and often.
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Thank everyone for their responses. He stretches back legs and front, and I was concerned. Will get x-rays done, he is not quite a year so maybe I should wait? And the other question was the medication part. Anyone try that?
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Old 11-28-2012, 06:49 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I mean when you wake up you stretch? I never heard of the whole 'if your dog stretches-HD HD HD!"
Mmmh... But if he bunnyhops down the steps/or up.
Dogs with HD tend to try and not walk on their left/right leg, so it kind of looks weird.
-Look on youtube with dogs that have HD.
They show examples and etc

hopefully he doesn't have HD !
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I dont know if this a correlation: Abbi would stretch frequently when she got up. The past month we've been dealing with a muscle disorder that is blocking an injury in her thigh from healing properly. Its not hip dyslasia and as I said I dont know if they are related but just something to think about
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