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1 Year old with Hip Dysplasia..wanting to avoid surgery

My 1 year old German Shepherd, Belgium Malinois mix? (he was rescued so not 100% sure) was diagnosed with severe hip dysplasia when he was 6 months old.Penn Hip test put him in the 10th percentile. We started a glucosamine and chondroitin regimen using cosequin. I was wondering if anyone else had any suggestions? He is getting stiff in the hips after playing . We are trying to avoid surgery as much as we can.

I have heard about fish oil, ester C, massage therapy, etc. How do you guys feel about those?

I would LOVE any suggestions or products that you may use. My vet isn't big on natural remedies.

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Definite on the fish oil but if he was diagnosed as severe at 6 months old AND has symptoms.....wouldnt he be a good candiate for FHO given his size (relatively light and lean)

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Hip Dysplasia- hoping someone with senior dogs can give suggestions on natural help

I know this may be the wrong room for this but I figured that a lot of you with senior dogs are dealing with the same struggle as I am, but my pup is only a year old. He was diagnosed with hip dysplasia at 6 months old. Penn Hip test put him in the 10th percentile. We are doing everything we can to keep him away from surgery. We have him on Cosequin right now but we gotta make some changes. He is getting stiff after long bouts.

anyone have any experience with fish oil...vitamin c?

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You don't need to duplicate post Most will read the post you already entered and respond there. Plus what you may do for a senior dog may be drastically different than a young dog.

At 9-10 years old, I may be concerned about comfort for a year or two and give drugs that could cause long term liver and kidney damange; something I would not consider for a younger dog.

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Fish oil is a definite. My mother's lab mix has hd and it helps when someone massages his hindlegs and rump.

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Definite on the fish oil but if he was diagnosed as severe at 6 months old AND has symptoms.....wouldnt he be a good candiate for FHO given his size (relatively light and lean)

Our orthopedic specialist is having us wait. He is showing symptoms but doesnt appear to be in pain. Just stiff when walking which clears up in a few hours. I had asked her about the remedies and she said it would be a good diea but she didn't really have much info about them.
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Like I said on your other post, massaging his hindlegs and rump area may help a little bit.

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You don't need to duplicate post Most will read the post you already entered and respond there. Plus what you may do for a senior dog may be drastically different than a young dog.

At 9-10 years old, I may be concerned about comfort for a year or two and give drugs that could cause long term liver and kidney damange; something I would not consider for a younger dog.

I'm sorry. I'm still new and was just trying to find out as much info as I could.
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Fish oil is a definite. My mother's lab mix has hd and it helps when someone massages his hindlegs and rump.

do you know what type of oil? reg or salmon?
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I am not sure. I'm sure that one of the other members would be able to help more.

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