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Old 10-05-2014, 03:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I noticed my middle aged GSD places his hips carefully when he lays down on a hard surface. My vet moved his hips around and his legs and stuff and said she didn't feel anything. His hips crack sometimes as well. He did have an xray 2.5 years ago but when my current vet looked at them she said the vet that took that xray only did one position (on the back) and it wasn't positioned properly (he was crooked on the xray table). The previous vet said his right hip (also right on the xray apparently) was bad but my new vet couldnt see it. Would you guys recommend redoing xrays? I dont mind spending the money. Im being told that a good vet will be able to tell if a dog has hip issues and what grade by just feeling the movement of the joint so now I do not know what to think
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Old 10-05-2014, 04:59 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Get the X-rays. My 16 month old golden was just diagnosed with severe hip dysplasia. I never seen any signs and his exams never pointed in that direction. Once I pay off his surgery I will be taking each of mine in for X-rays, just so I know and can have a plan ready to go.
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I talked to my vet, and when I neuter Fritz, we are going to do hip xrays! My last GSd, Stella had dysplasia, we managed, kept the weight under control, no running, short slow walks, glucosamine, cosequine, HD joint food.. Only in her last two years did she really slow down.
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Sorry, a vet can't tell if a dog is dysplastic unless viewed by an xray.. A hip xray (and OFA requirement)is done on the back with the legs straight, so not sure what the one vet is saying by only taking one xray. Yes, it might have been crooked,but you can still see what is going on.
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Yes, and sometime it's crooked, because with diagnostic xrays, you can straighten things out without really causing pain when the dog comes to - my dog's leg could have bee pulled into position, but not for any benefit, the hip was obviously bad.

That being said, if I am going to do xrays I would do the hips, spine, elbows.
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