My 8 year old GSD hip questions
I am very new to this forum and before I get blasted about not searching already posted threads I've looked and looked and there's is waaay too much to sift through..
I have just a few concerns and would like to hear from more experienced owners what kind of problems she is in for if it's a problem at all.
My dog (Roxy) has no papers or anything like that and as far as I know she is pure bred. Now i got her when I was 15 and she has been around before my wife and 2 kids even came in the picture and I dread thinking of the day she's gotta go.. So her health and wellness is on the top of our priority list.
Her hips don't seem bad. The vet said they are fine but all he did was look. She doesn't hop going up steps or anything. Just sometimes it seems like she struggles when gettin up from lying down. She has a sway left to right with her hips when she walks but her running form seems perfect.
Is the "hop" in the hind legs the major sign of hip dysplasia?
And what else should I be looking for?
Any recommendations on supplements or vitamins?
I know these are basic questions I can google and find answers to. But every case is different and I'd like to know how much it differed between different dogs and owners. Thanks in advance for any help or info..
For supplements, I give NuPro Silver, K-9 Arthoflex, and Nordic Naturals Omega 3 Pet gels. If she doesn't already have one, a good orthopodic dog bed can help with that stiffness in getting up.
My dog has HD which affected her to the point of not being able to run for more than a few minutes without having to lay down.. She can run, gait, walk full burst out run for a 1.5 mile walk with having to lay down only once or not at all.
The supplements I give her for for her hips currently are: fish oil omega 3, cosequin DS, traumeel and zeel to be added soon. For now. I was also adding a new herbal from a vet but its $100 for something that will last about a month.. I might add it in again but can't afford it right now- it was called Kan Herbs - Benefit Hips and Knees. :) I will start it up as soon as i can afford it on the monthly basis. But if you can afford that one too i would give it a go for a few months to see any benefit it is giving. I do advice if you add things, to add one at at time. Not everything works for every dog chemistry, you need to figure out what works for your dogs.
Fish oil is fine to start with anything else if you havent already started that. I like Cosequin DS and do think it has helped her a lot. the traumeel has helped tremendously.
When you say 'hop' does she run with both feet together?
What about backing up out of a space - like if she went behind the furniture and there was no way to walk forward?
What about stairs - when she comes down a flight, does it seem like she can stop any time or is it look out below she's coming down?
If you take her hind foot and knuckle it over so she's standing on the furry part opposed to her pads, does she leave it there a minute or does she immediately put it back the right way?
How's her weight? Sometimes us ladies pack on a few pounds in the middle age. If you question her hips, you want her as lean as possible, less stress on the joints.
Everyone has mentioned good things. But, did the vet just "look" at them or did he xray? That is the only way to really know what is going on and what type of treatments are possible for whatever is bothering her, whether HD or some other type of issue going on.
Get an xray done if it hasn't been done already. No vet can look at a dog's hips from the outside and say if they are"good or bad".
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