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Old 05-09-2014, 03:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello,

I took my 7 month old to the vet recently and he checked out his hips. He said that his flexion is no good. He said there wasn't really anything we could do. I know I could put him on a glucosamine supplement but after that, nothing else can be done. He also said that if he had to guess(and it's impossible to predict) that he'd say my dog would start having problems within a couple of years. Obviously my knowledge is limited because xrays have not been done.

Would would you do if this was your 7 month old that had bad flexion, doesn't run a lot, and cant navigate stairs normally. He steps up them one at a time like a toddler would.

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If it were me (lacking knowledge also) I'd get the x-rays done to see what your up against.
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Visit a board certified surgeon specializing in orthopedic work, have xrays done, and go from there. There ARE things you can do - surgery and total hip replacements for one. But don't continue to waste your money with your regular vet, visit a specialist for your best options. You have no idea what you're working with without xrays

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I would get the xrays from an orthopedic specialist and go from there.
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if your pup is not having any problems, i would wait till he is 1 year old and then see an ortho vet. he/she is still growing and things can change.
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if your pup is not having any problems, i would wait till he is 1 year old and then see an ortho vet. he/she is still growing and things can change.
If the pup is showing clinical signs - decreased range of motion - then you might want to find out what's going on. As well, there is (granted expensive) a medication called Adequan that is an injections that is great for the cartilage. I have heard of studies saying Adequan is even better to give to a young growing pup because the cartilage is still forming. If I had a young dog with sever dysplasia, I would give him Adequan injections along with oral supplements.
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