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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 11-25-2015, 06:04 PM Thread Starter
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If only I would have listened....

I post this as a warning to prospective buyers. Please take heed and don't get a puppy from a back yard breeder. I couldn't justify paying 1500$ for a dog when I could bring one home for 500$. So that's what we did. Now he is a year and a half and has moderate hip dysplaysia. It's so sad watching him bunny hop around the yard. In a couple years we will have to make a decision on what to do. 5000$ for a hip replacement will probably not be an option. I wanted a German shepherd since I was a boy. It has been a dream come true having him. But I will have to put him down when his hips totally give out.
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 11-25-2015, 06:15 PM
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The good news is there are lots of things you can do short of surgery to give your dog a long happy life.

Several of us have had dogs with SEVERE HD live long happy lives without surgical intervention. We have a lot of posts on this and can help steer you in the right direction.

It is a good warning, but even a well bred dog can wind up with a severe problem. Good breeding just stacks the deck more in your favor.

Please hang in there. Stay around and don't lose hope.

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Sorry to hear about your pup. Look into supplements - MSM may be of help; it does wonders for people with similar joint issues, and I've heard of some dogs having huge improvements, too.
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Why not look at a FHO instead of a THR? That should be well within your range. Start saving now. Or talk to a rescue.




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Have you talked to the vet about Adequan? The sooner it's started the better to keep the joint lubricated and preserve the cartilage.

Agree that HD isn't a death sentence -- even severe HD. I know lots and lots of dogs who were diagnosed young with moderate or even severe HD who have led full, active lives, without surgery. One of them is now 7 and still going strong on hips that her vet said were the worst he'd seen. She's been on Adequan since she was adopted at 3.

Also, don't assume a pup bunny hopping is necessarily due to HD. Some young dogs just do this behavior for no particular reason when they're young. Have you had an appointment with a good ortho vet yet to assess range of motion, management, and possible physical therapy while the pup is growing?

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Good for you for coming to that conclusion and being a big enough person to post your regrets. Hopefully people will take note when researching the GSD and breeders. I always defer purchases till I have the money to buy what I REALLY want, not what I can afford today.

Good luck with your dog.

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We have him on a supplement regiment of 1000 mg of glucosamine and msm. He has good days and bad days.
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What are you doing for inflammation and pain?

Have you talked to the vet about FHO's? is it both hips? Is one worse than the other?




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I will say this. Mine really struggled when she got cold. Other than that it was not so bad. I would definitely focus on comfortable warm dog bed. All dogs are different but I know my own arthritic ankle does not like it cold either.

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I'll recommend finding a chiro/accupuncturist. They do wonders. So do lazer treatments. All short of surgery.
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