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01-02-2013 10:58 AM
Lilie I agree with Carmspack. But if I were going to go the surgery route, I'd contact A&M first.
01-02-2013 10:53 AM
Abby142
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Keeping her lean will help her joints as well. Our pup is a little older and gets 3 cups a day...she's a little on the small side too though. Our vet recommended we not go over 3c and most days I try to go a little less because we like to give her treats
She is definitely already lean! We have actually had problems putting any weight on her, which I guess now is kinda a good thing.

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As far as a specialist in the area, I don't have any experience with any but Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists on 610 in the Galleria area is supposed to top notch.
Thanks! I will look into them.
01-01-2013 03:29 AM
SewSleepy As far as a specialist in the area, I don't have any experience with any but Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists on 610 in the Galleria area is supposed to top notch.


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01-01-2013 03:27 AM
SewSleepy Keeping her lean will help her joints as well. Our pup is a little older and gets 3 cups a day...she's a little on the small side too though. Our vet recommended we not go over 3c and most days I try to go a little less because we like to give her treats


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12-31-2012 10:30 AM
Abby142
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Look into DIET. Anti inflammatory - Omega 3 , and such .
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Thanks for everyone input. I definitely am going to do lot of research before I spend that kind of money (which is why I came here asking if anyone knew of any specialist in Houston).

Carmspack, do you have any supplements that you recommend? Right now she is getting 2 cups of Nutro's Large Breed Puppy Lamb and Rice twice a day, and a little more than a teaspoon of coconut oil with dinner. I would definitely be up for adding some Omega 3 to her diet but there are so many options I don't know where to start.

Magwart, I am definitely going to talk to the people at A&M (that actually my Alma mater) and see if they have anything they can do. I hadn't thought of LSU though, that's a good idea.
12-30-2012 10:07 PM
Bigdogsolo
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hold your horses and stop worrying.

number one send the x ray plates to OFA for their opinion.
the vet may be wrong in his assessment altogether , the gap may be because of poor positioning .

If you bought from a breeder , hopefully there was a guarantee. Provide the OFA results to the breeder and have them make good. Refund for the dog?
Same with your sister . Seems like this is an obvious genetic trait in this line or combination and needs to be stopped right here -- meaning no more pups . If there is no guarantee , welllll - I guess that is what you can expect from casual , hobby (make a quick buck) breeders.

A dog can have hip dysplasia and live a totally normal , functional life without arthritic changes that would impact on mobility or enjoyment.

Look into DIET. Anti inflammatory - Omega 3 , and such .

Keep the dog fit , build ligament, cartilage and muscle .

I think you can do so without lining the vet's pocket with $10,000 -----
Just want to say.....your input is always informative and no doubt comes from much experience.. I for one appreciate it and find it normally to be very sensible. Thanks!
12-29-2012 09:41 PM
M&J I agree with all the above. However, if you end going the hip replacement route, I can vouge that my dog's was 100% succeessful. Technology has gotten even better since Rudy had his.
12-29-2012 08:40 PM
Magwart While you are researching, look at the major universities with veterinary medicine programs near you. You are probably 1 hour from Texas A&M, 4.5 hours from L.S.U., for example, and probably close to several others in Texas. Call the ortho departments at the vet schools and ask if they have a teaching clinic -- they might have a specialist who will do a comprehensive exam, and if necessary, the operation for a whole lot less, in order to demonstrate it to students.
12-29-2012 08:17 PM
llombardo
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So my husband and I are starting a cookie jar of savings for the surgery. Our friends think that we are crazy to spend most likely almost $10,000 on this surgery, but Jade is my baby and I will do whatever I need to to make sure she has the best life possible.
I hope its not as bad as you think. I also commend you for doing everything possible to give your dog a chance at a good life
12-29-2012 08:02 PM
gagsd Before you even consider surgery, I would highly recommend getting a good ortho vet. Hopefully someone in your area will be able to offer a recommendation.
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