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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-13-2009, 06:53 PM Thread Starter
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I hope this picture shows up. This is my first time posting here.
I just had my male, 29 months old, xrayed. Please tell me what you think. My vet gave his opinion, but I wanted to see what other people think, especially since my vet doesn't do many OFA's.

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Re: OFA opinions please

Mild HD due primarily to sublaxation (the joints are loose and femoral heads are not seated deeply in the sockets).

The hips are good enough that with good diet, appropriate exercise, being kept lean, and some joint supplements he may never have symptoms. But they won't pass OFA.


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Is it being sent out to OFA or did the vet just look at it?

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I agree, Mild HD

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I sent them to OFA this afternoon. Your diagnosis is pretty much what the vet said. Is the positioning OK?
This is NOT the result I was hoping for. His dam had DJD grade 1, but both sire and dam had "good" hips. I was worried about the elbows, but not the hips. The vet said the elbows look good.
I spent a lot of $$$ on this dog...I'm really bummed. His breeder guarantee is only good until 26 months, too.
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Re: OFA opinions please

The hip on the left as you look at the picture (actually the dog's right hip) seems to have a fair amount of flattening on the inner surface. There also seems to be some degeneration of the socket below the head. The other hip seems okay fair/good... but the bad one I'd say might even run grade 2.

The positioning is fairly good... certainly diagnostic.

You might contact the Breeder and let him know that the x-rays have been done and sent to OFA. He may or may not honor the guarantee since you chose to wait another 3 months. I'd ask before the answer from OFA is returned just to see.

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Thank you so much for taking the time to give your opinions. I really appreciate it. He's my only male so I'm not sure what to do at this point. I guess I'll just wait and see what OFA says.
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What do you mean you don't know what to do?


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I meant, I don't know what to do about a stud. I am not set up to have a lot of dogs here and re-homing him isn't an option. I'm getting a new, adult female next week, but apparently, I'll have to use an outside stud for her.

I'm sure some of you know how devastating this kind of result can be, especially when you had so many plans for the dog.
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Most breeders use outside studs. Having one stud that would be a good match for more than one female is pretty rare. Even if you have one male and one femlae, you may still want to use an outside stud.

I have a male that I love, had originally purchased with the thought of maybe breeding him. Well he has two Grande II DJD elbows and fair hips, so I will not breed him. LOL my Vet thought the elbows looked good by OFA said different.


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