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pshah0002 04-14-2014 11:26 AM

Hip Dysplasia (Video)
 
Hey Guys,

Max was diagnosed with HD when he was a year old according to X-ray. I personally don't know anything about HD and I need some of your experts opinion on it. Currently max is on 4 health grain free food (16 oz. twice daily), He also get Dasuquin with MSM daily with each meal (twice daily), and he weighs 95 pounds. I don't know how his hips are compared to regular GSD. Can you all give me a feedback by watching video what do you think about his hip? He's really active I had never seen him limping, or licking his legs, etc.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xct2boiEc_0

gsdsar 04-14-2014 11:37 AM

It is very difficult to tell anything with a video. His gait looks off to me. Can't put my finger on it. I will say, and hope not to offend too much, but he is overweight. By a bit. I would say. 10 lbs. pulling the weight off will help enormously.


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pshah0002 04-14-2014 11:42 AM

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Originally Posted by gsdsar (Post 5372721)
It is very difficult to tell anything with a video. His gait looks off to me. Can't put my finger on it. I will say, and hope not to offend too much, but he is overweight. By a bit. I would say. 10 lbs. pulling the weight off will help enormously.


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I am only feeding him 32 oz. a day and walking 2 miles a day.

what else can I do to help him to loose weight? I don't want him to go sleep hungry

jocoyn 04-14-2014 11:57 AM

I agree on the weight. You want to keep him lean and build those back leg muscles a little more. But the wiggle....well I had an OFA good dog whose but moved around like that when he walked. In the end, he did have lower back issues. We are planning on going to a sports medicine DVM for an assessment this summer for a good exercise plan even though we don't have any known issues.

They have physical therapy vets for dogs and that would be a great place for a consult and a plan for appropriate exercise for yours. [though they may try to see you on their hydrotherapy sessions, which I just said I could not do, but the plan helped me keep mine in good shape and her HD was severe]

Walking uphill is very good, going from sit to a stand, walking in chest high water, to keep him in good shape. The more you can to to keep the back leg muscles strong, the more support for the hip joint, and the less arthritis.

You can add green beans. 32 oz if you are using a measuring cup seems a lot for a dog that is only walking 2 miles a day. But go on weight. He is too heavy so needs to eat less.

Amurphy26 04-14-2014 12:10 PM

I'm no expert but his back end definitely looks weak. It's more than just a bum wiggle.
Dogs with hip dysplasia need to have good muscle to support the joints with as little extra weight as possible. 2 miles isn't a huge amount of exercise and I'm guessing it's on a lead so your challenge will be keeping him happy and content while managing him physically. If he's just a year he's still growing so you need to be extra careful. Did your vet say how bad it is? Would they consider operating? When our dog was diagnosed we got wetsuits and took him swimming and stopped all ball games and high impact exercise. It was a massive challenge having a young dog with H/D but you're in a better position to manage it if you find out early. Good luck.


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jocoyn 04-14-2014 12:33 PM

The video says he was 2.5 at the time. I think would be better to see him at a trot and a run. To me they just are not natural at a walking pace.

What I saw with my dysplatic female was she could run but it was not as flat out as my other dogs whose legs appeared to go almost completely flat behind them......The proverbial bunny hop but it was very subtle.

Amurphy26 04-14-2014 12:41 PM

Sorry, missed that he was older. Still, finding out at a year should make it easier to manage.


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