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He's not on any anti inflammatories, he's on low dose vancectyl p for allergies. So we can't do anti inflammatories. I am starting him on a glucosamine/chondroitin supplement right away. I am going to wait to hear back from the radiologist on (hopefully) Monday. I am also going to get him in for some acupuncture hopefully next week as well. I will definitely hold off on any chiro until we know what exactly is going on.


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I rushed my dog to the vet when I got home from work and the tail was limp. I was almost crying. It was his anal glands. They must really laugh at me over at that vet.

I hope your dog doesn't have anything serious, but I don't like those hip x-rays.

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I'd not want a chiro doing anything until the rads have been read by an ortho. Unless the chiro can read them and know exactly where to go.
Absolutely! Which is why I recommended an ortho and have full back xrays done if they suspect compromised vertebra's.

BUT...I have a herniated disk in my neck and one bulging..the recommended treatment by my ortho is a chiro to keep things in line. Just something to consider.




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I rushed my dog to the vet when I got home from work and the tail was limp. I was almost crying. It was his anal glands. They must really laugh at me over at that vet.

I hope your dog doesn't have anything serious, but I don't like those hip x-rays.
Lol, ya my other dog gets swimmers tail every spring so I am not new to ouchy tails!

When you say you don't like the xrays, do you mean the postioning of the xrays or the hips themselves?

I just got off the phone with his breeder and she said that the hip positioning on the xrays is terrible. I guess I just wait and see what the radiologist says

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He's not on any anti inflammatories, he's on low dose vancectyl p for allergies. So we can't do antiinflammatories.
What about turmeric or yucca? Those are anti-inflammatory. Make sure to add some MSM to those supplements




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What about turmeric or yucca? Those are anti-inflammatory. Make sure to add some MSM to those supplements
Started him on this tonight, it has MSM, tumeric and yucca (used it for my senior dog with great results) Might grab him some elk velvet antler as well...


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How old is Havoc? He's an active, athletic adult dog? I think his hips are fine--there's no sign of degeneration or calcification, although that right socket appears more open/loose than I'd like. However, the xray that makes it look like his right hip is very loose is also very crooked.

I don't know about the tail/back problem--if you have no definitive results from the specialist, I'd try to find a canine chiropractor and/or massage therapist.

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He is 19 months. He is very active, lots of off leash walks, hiking agility 2-3 times a week. I have had this nagging feeling that something was wrong for a little while....nothing specific but sometimes you just get that feeling you know? He is a VERY tough dog, even as a baby puppy he would never react or show pain when he'd obviously hurt himself. It makes it tough to be able to see when something is wrong.

Thank you for looking at the X-rays, the more I look at them the more they do look a little crooked. I'm not terribly worried about his hip, fortunately there is a great facility here that does massage, chiro, acupuncture, water treadmill, laser etc. I am sure I will be getting acquainted with them soon


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They aren't positioned well, but you can still see the hip sockets aren't very deep. The balls are nice, however. You are so lucky to have that facility nearby, especially where you are located! Wishing Havoc the best!!

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Isn't he a bit young for a degenerative disk disease? I would not panic until an ortho took pictures of his entire back and gave comment.

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That Xray is not even showing the whole Lumbar area


The last time a regular vet took xrays of Jax she told me there might be an issue with her back and she needed a hip replacement...Ortho diagnosis was torn ACL.




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