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Old 12-29-2012, 06:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I was hoping to never have to post anything in this section of the forum, but I come to you all today looking for help.

Jade was spayed yesterday and while she was under I had them do an x-ray of her hips. The results were not exactly what I had hoped for.

A little background, when my husband and I bought Jade my in-laws bought her sister and litter mate Zoey. They are both very sweet dogs and get to play together every few weekends for a few hours. Zoey was spayed a few weeks ago and they had her hips x-rayed only to discover that she has hip dyspepsia. The girls are just about 7 1/2 months old. Needless to say I have been a little bit of a nervous wreck waiting for Jades results. Thankfully they are not as bad as her sisters, but they are still not good. I don't have a picture of the x-ray, the vet doesn't currently have to capability to make me a digital copy of the image and I forgot to take a picture while I was there, or I would post it for you opinions. The vet told me that the sockets are nice and smooth on Jade, but that the head doesn't fit into the socket nearly far enough. They recommend that after they turn 1 yr old we have them evaluated again, and depending on what we find, the best course of action will be total hip replacement on both sides. I am more than a little devastated.

Knowing what I know now, we would not have bought from the breeder that we did. They were very nice people and we met the father and an older bother and both dogs were very sweet and very good looking. We had planned on getting a GSD and had done a lot of research. When we asked about the parents hips they told us that the parents were not old enough to get evaluated, but that all four grandparents had good hips. I realize now that that isn't good enough.

So my husband and I are starting a cookie jar of savings for the surgery. Our friends think that we are crazy to spend most likely almost $10,000 on this surgery, but Jade is my baby and I will do whatever I need to to make sure she has the best life possible.

Is there anyone who can recommend a specialist in the Houston area? and has anyone done to surgery? Was it worth it? Would you do it again? I am crazy?

Thanks for listening to my rant and I appreciate any feedback you all have.
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hold your horses and stop worrying.

number one send the x ray plates to OFA for their opinion.
the vet may be wrong in his assessment altogether , the gap may be because of poor positioning .

If you bought from a breeder , hopefully there was a guarantee. Provide the OFA results to the breeder and have them make good. Refund for the dog?
Same with your sister . Seems like this is an obvious genetic trait in this line or combination and needs to be stopped right here -- meaning no more pups . If there is no guarantee , welllll - I guess that is what you can expect from casual , hobby (make a quick buck) breeders.

A dog can have hip dysplasia and live a totally normal , functional life without arthritic changes that would impact on mobility or enjoyment.

Look into DIET. Anti inflammatory - Omega 3 , and such .

Keep the dog fit , build ligament, cartilage and muscle .

I think you can do so without lining the vet's pocket with $10,000 -----
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Old 12-29-2012, 07:02 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Before you even consider surgery, I would highly recommend getting a good ortho vet. Hopefully someone in your area will be able to offer a recommendation.
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So my husband and I are starting a cookie jar of savings for the surgery. Our friends think that we are crazy to spend most likely almost $10,000 on this surgery, but Jade is my baby and I will do whatever I need to to make sure she has the best life possible.
I hope its not as bad as you think. I also commend you for doing everything possible to give your dog a chance at a good life
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While you are researching, look at the major universities with veterinary medicine programs near you. You are probably 1 hour from Texas A&M, 4.5 hours from L.S.U., for example, and probably close to several others in Texas. Call the ortho departments at the vet schools and ask if they have a teaching clinic -- they might have a specialist who will do a comprehensive exam, and if necessary, the operation for a whole lot less, in order to demonstrate it to students.
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I agree with all the above. However, if you end going the hip replacement route, I can vouge that my dog's was 100% succeessful. Technology has gotten even better since Rudy had his.
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hold your horses and stop worrying.

number one send the x ray plates to OFA for their opinion.
the vet may be wrong in his assessment altogether , the gap may be because of poor positioning .

If you bought from a breeder , hopefully there was a guarantee. Provide the OFA results to the breeder and have them make good. Refund for the dog?
Same with your sister . Seems like this is an obvious genetic trait in this line or combination and needs to be stopped right here -- meaning no more pups . If there is no guarantee , welllll - I guess that is what you can expect from casual , hobby (make a quick buck) breeders.

A dog can have hip dysplasia and live a totally normal , functional life without arthritic changes that would impact on mobility or enjoyment.

Look into DIET. Anti inflammatory - Omega 3 , and such .

Keep the dog fit , build ligament, cartilage and muscle .

I think you can do so without lining the vet's pocket with $10,000 -----
Just want to say.....your input is always informative and no doubt comes from much experience.. I for one appreciate it and find it normally to be very sensible. Thanks!
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Old 12-31-2012, 09:30 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Look into DIET. Anti inflammatory - Omega 3 , and such .
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Thanks for everyone input. I definitely am going to do lot of research before I spend that kind of money (which is why I came here asking if anyone knew of any specialist in Houston).

Carmspack, do you have any supplements that you recommend? Right now she is getting 2 cups of Nutro's Large Breed Puppy Lamb and Rice twice a day, and a little more than a teaspoon of coconut oil with dinner. I would definitely be up for adding some Omega 3 to her diet but there are so many options I don't know where to start.

Magwart, I am definitely going to talk to the people at A&M (that actually my Alma mater) and see if they have anything they can do. I hadn't thought of LSU though, that's a good idea.
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Keeping her lean will help her joints as well. Our pup is a little older and gets 3 cups a day...she's a little on the small side too though. Our vet recommended we not go over 3c and most days I try to go a little less because we like to give her treats


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As far as a specialist in the area, I don't have any experience with any but Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists on 610 in the Galleria area is supposed to top notch.


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