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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-18-2019, 06:51 PM Thread Starter
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Hip dysphasia in 5 month old pup

Hi evreyone im new here and this is my first post not sure if I’m in the right section. I’m writing today about my little puppy who started training school not to long ago, the dog trainer suggested that I go see a specialist because they seen my puppy not acting right, the way she walked, got up and couldn’t keep up with running. So today i brought her in she did a X-ray and the vet said she had moderate hip dysplasia and that she would not live a happy life , my wife and I contacted the breeder who sold us this puppy with a garentee against this and is willing to take her back but knowing she will euthanize her I want to see if anyone here has any other opinion. Here’s a picture of her scan and a pic of my puppy
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I'm sure someone that's more familiar with HD in pups will chime in. I just wanted to say I am very sorry.
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post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-18-2019, 07:44 PM
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So today i brought her in she did a X-ray and the vet said she had moderate hip dysplasia and that she would not live a happy life , my wife and I contacted the breeder who sold us this puppy with a garentee against this and is willing to take her back but knowing she will euthanize her I want to see if anyone here has any other opinion. Here’s a picture of her scan and a pic of my puppy
Please do not send your puppy back to the breeder to be killed. She does have hip dysplasia, but this can be treated and she can have a very happy life if it's treated properly. If you do not want to keep her, I might be able to find another home for her. Where are you located?
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That right hip is severe. I think you need to consult with an ortho. I believe at this age, you can do an FHO instead of a full hip replacement. She can live a full and happy life with surgery.

Or you can return her to the breeder.




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OOF. That right socket is shallow. And it sounds like she is symptomatic. Did you take out insurance on her prior to these visits? If it was a dog I wanted to keep, I'd do an FHO. There are often studies/trials you can get in on and they will do it for a very reduced price, including if you have insurance and deductible. I know someone who got one for 3k total, including hospital stay, everything. For a Golden. Where are you located?

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post #7 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-18-2019, 08:42 PM Thread Starter
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I’m located in Montreal. I went to 2 vets for opinions both are charging me around 4000$ a hip with no garentee. I’m discouraged the breeder will replace the dog,but that isn’t the point the family and i are attached to her but çant afford to spend that much money especially knowing it is not garenteed.
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Shot in the dark here, can you get a referral to the veterinary college at Sainte- Hyacinthe? They might be able to give a more modest price. Was the $4000 for an FHO or a total hip replacement?
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I’m located in Montreal. I went to 2 vets for opinions both are charging me around 4000$ a hip with no garentee. I’m discouraged the breeder will replace the dog,but that isn’t the point the family and i are attached to her but çant afford to spend that much money especially knowing it is not garenteed.
Most dogs with hip dysplasia do not need surgery on both hips. If the worst hip gets a total hip replacement, the dog often does so well that the other dysplastic hip does not need surgery. So this makes it much less expensive.

For a big dog, an FHO (femoral head osteotomy) is a really crummy alternative to a total hip replacement, although it's better than being dead. Best bet is to manage the pain until she is 10 months old and then get her a total hip replacement on the worst hip.

In the United States, veterinary schools at universities usually charge less than private practices for a total hip replacement. I don't know whether this is true in Canada.

What is your puppy's personality like?

Can you post some pics of her?

Again, please do not send her back to the breeder to be killed. If you decide not to keep her, please let me know right away. If she has a good temperament, I can find her a home that will get her a total hip replacement when she is old enough.
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This is my little girl she’s such a good puppy so calm people freak out, for the moment she’s on antibiotics and joint chewable treats, I won’t be able to afford surgery. If I do keep her and give her light exercise and we’ll balanced diet with these little supplements and antibiotics can she still live a nice life?
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