What is pinning? (for Hip Displasia)
We adopted a rescue from a shelter in Chicago. His hip xrays there were OK, per the shelter volunteer vet. Took him to our vet, they got X-rays and he has dysplasia. Took him to a GSD vet and she agreed. Our trainer keeps talking about "pinning". I'm not sure what she means by that. Rudy is 11 months old,about 87 lb. Rarely, his leg will give out. I can't tell you if he gets up "slow", he takes awhile to untangle himself, but doesn't seem slow. We give him omega 3s, glucosamine-chondroitin, Rimadyl every other day.
Advice and info regarding "pinning" would be helpful. We are committed to this guy, but were stunned to hear the prices of THR. We had huskies for years and never had hip issues, so I'm unfamiliar. Just trying to weigh all options.
vet - PawNation
Can you put the xray here so we can see?
Baker Institute : Animal Health : Canine Hip Dysplasia
How do I upload them?
And yet another question...as you know, he was a rescue. We were told his hips were ok, our vet, up on meeting him, said no, his hips aren't ok. So, are there any pet insurance that will cover his hips? Those therapies/surgeries are expensive.
I don't think insurance will cover a pre-existing condition. :(
However, my dog came to me with HD and some other health problems. He is 7.5 now and doing great--no surgery needed! I have him on a raw diet and lots of supplements.
I would stop with the Rimadyl and use more natural methods of pain relief. Did the vet run bloodwork before prescribing the Rimadyl?
Only x-rays can show if there is a problem.
That said, there are dogs with pretty bad x-rays that NEVER have surgery but instead can be managed with diet/exercise and supplements. So don't necessarily jump on surgery as the first option UNLESS you have tried everything else and your dog is in obvious pain.
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