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Old 05-22-2014, 07:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Help! is this moderate or severe hip dysplasia?

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Bad news, my 13 month old has bad hips. I know some of this thread are very knowledgeable and have quite a bit of experience with GSD hip issues. Please comment on:
1) severity of dysplasia and osteoarthritis
2) best treatment at this stage / age
3) my pup's prognosis if we follow treatment


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Old 05-22-2014, 07:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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our vet just says do not show the dog the x rays
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how you handle it depends on how he is tolerating it
if he is in pain then you need to consider surgery or other options
definitely supplement either way
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Old 05-22-2014, 07:31 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I would say severe . Right socket is virtually not there, femoral head is flat, no neck at all. Left socket is pretty much the same, head is flat and although the neck is a bit longer than the right, still not good. There is already remodeling on both hips/femoral heads.
Does he show signs? Pain? A lot of treatment plans will depend on what he is showing at this point. Some dogs will show no pain and go through life barely acting like they have HD, others will fall apart and not want to move.
Yes, this will most likely get worse as he gets older.
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Default whimpering when getting up.

We didn't notice anything until he whimpered when getting up from lying down. Other than that, he shows no sign of pain. She just got back from the vet who says limited activity, but walk 2x a day 15 minutes each time, supplements and then prevacox as needed.

He said she may very well be fine but it is hard to predict.

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I would say severe . Right socket is virtually not there, femoral head is flat, no neck at all. Left socket is pretty much the same, head is flat and although the neck is a bit longer than the right, still not good. There is already remodeling on both hips/femoral heads.
Does he show signs? Pain? A lot of treatment plans will depend on what he is showing at this point. Some dogs will show no pain and go through life barely acting like they have HD, others will fall apart and not want to move.
Yes, this will most likely get worse as he gets older.
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Be sure keep him light on weight.
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They look pretty bad....is your vet an ortho specialist or has he suggested you see a surgeon? I know of dogs with hips just as bad who are still walking around at 12 years old without having any intervention but supplements and common sense management.

It depends on the dog and his tolerance and pain levels. Which, unfortunately, you have to guess about given he can't tell you....observe him, keep him lean, give supplements and take it day by day....

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I would say severe . Right socket is virtually not there, femoral head is flat, no neck at all. Left socket is pretty much the same, head is flat and although the neck is a bit longer than the right, still not good. There is already remodeling on both hips/femoral heads.
Does he show signs? Pain? A lot of treatment plans will depend on what he is showing at this point. Some dogs will show no pain and go through life barely acting like they have HD, others will fall apart and not want to move.
Yes, this will most likely get worse as he gets older.
Yes, severe, and ditto to everything wyominggrandma said, she analyzes it well. Keep him on the thin side, and let him decide what he can or cannot do, within limits. Some dogs have a high pain tolerance, they live with it day to day, and it's pretty much the norm for them, which means they will push past it and overdo. Watch him closely for signs of stiffness, little winces when he gets up, slowness in climbing on a couch, for instance, and gauge his activity accordingly. No jumping or climbing. You have my sympathies, I have had dysplastic dogs before, and you do what you can, but feel helpless as they age and get worse.

Check out the thread called Fama Hips and Spine. There is great info there regarding supplements, etc.

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If you can get to a rehab they do wonderful things and teach you things that are best for your dog in terms of exercise and fitness because keeping those thigh muscles tight is the most important thing along with keeping him lean and active . Active does not mean a lot of rough stuff but just keeping those joints moving
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Hi,
When my 7 yr old Greta torn her R ACL we discovered she had severed HD in her L hip. It was seen in the pre-op xrays. Everyone was shocked because she was asymptomatic. Her hip was held together with muscle. There was no normal hip joint and it was very arthritic. During her ACL recovery her muscle atrophied bilaterally. We found the best rehab was swimming. We live near a river and eventually as she got stronger her favorite exercise was swimming up river against the current after sticks, pinecones and balls. She probably regained 75% of her mobility. We kept her thin and gave her Previcox as needed. The least expensive place I found the previcox was online through Valleyvet.com . We noticed a huge difference once we got her thin. Hope this helps, good luck to you both
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I Apologize for my typos. I need to proofread better. The point being, my 7 yr old's quality of life improved with weight loss and swimming for physical therapy and previcox as needed.
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