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Old 08-13-2015, 01:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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It was recently confirmed that my 4 year old GSD, Jewel, has hip dysplasia. As a puppy she never showed any signs of any discomfort and vets had reassured that her hips were growing correctly. She never even showed signs of pain until the day before I took her into the vet (she was limping). Needless to say I am extremely devastated!!! I'm not upset at the vets, I'm not upset at my breeder (I think he's amazing), I'm not upset at the costs of medication/surgery, but I am upset that my poor sweet girl is living with this discomfort and I feel like I can't do anything to help her! I am one heartbroken fur-baby momma. I have spent the past couple days doing as much research as I can on how to keep her as comfortable as possible. Right now the doctor has her on pain medication for 20 days, and then joint supplements. He also calls for moderate exercise to strengthen the muscles surrounding the joints. As far as THR goes, he doesn't recommend it right now, but maybe in the next 3-4 years since the implants themselves have a lifespan. Right now I am just looking for some words of wisdom and comfort. I feel awful for my girl. She's back to her normal self and not showing any pain what so ever, but I can't help for feel so so so bad for her!!!
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Old 08-13-2015, 08:17 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm sorry. I know that was probably a big shock There are a lot of dogs that live good lives with HD though.
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Old 08-13-2015, 09:29 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Sorry Something none of us ever wants to hear.

HD is one of my biggest fears, and I always thought it to be the end of a dog's good life. But after reading a lot on here, there are many dogs who continue to have a good quality of life for a long while still, even with HD. Hopefully Jewel's is not very severe and she will one of those dogs
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Please look into Adequan therapy. Some older vets don't know about it, but it's a near miracle drug for many dogs with HD -- it doesn't mask symptoms like pain meds do, but rather it helps the joint heal by lubricating (and possibly even supporting cartilage regeneration).

I know several very young dogs with pretty severe HD who are on maintenance doses of it that are thriving -- no pain meds, romping and running like normal dogs. There are lots of threads here on the boards that can help you learn about it -- I learned about it here a few years ago, and I'm so glad I did!
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When I took Jasira for her OFA x-rays at 2, they found she has mild HD. She's on joint meds ever since then and she's doing fine. I have never heard of Adequan therapy. I'll have to look into it.
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Thanks everyone! My boyfriend took his Newfoundland in for his last round of puppy shots today and mentioned to his vet about Jewel's condition (he's in Miami and I'm currently in Indiana) and the vet mentioned something that could help "heal" by growth of cartilage. After reading about Adequan Therapy I bet that's what he was talking about! I'm going to look into it.
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A fabulous exercise program for your dog is swimming - low impact but great way to burn energy.

My first dog had HD and I managed it just fine with awesome diet, swimming, low impact exercises and supplements. You wouldn't have even knew she had it!
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I am needing some advice on how much exercise is too much?? Since the day we found out about her hips I've taken her on one 20 min walk each day with a couple sessions of hill walks throughout the day. (I have a huge hill in my backyard) She's as happy as can be but I don't know if she's getting enough exercise to build muscle! I'm planning on getting her a medium sized pool for her to do some exercising in as well but come fall/winter we won't be able to do that in Indiana. I'm looking into finding an orthopedic vet with a water tredmill in our area too and see if she can maybe go in for some treatment during the cold months. I'm just afraid of overdoing it and causing more harm than good. Thanks in advance!
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I have a dog with bad hips. You would never know it. They do not bother her.
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I have a dog with bad hips. You would never know it. They do not bother her.
This.

Your dog can have a very good life, with and maybe without surgery.

I am sorry she has a problem, but she may do fine without the need for surgery.
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