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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-04-2011, 10:26 AM Thread Starter
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Question 10 month old with hip dysplasia

I was trying to get some feedback really. Im not positive of all the details. What i can tell you is they are saying it is not bi-laterial, but the left hip isnt great either? I am aware that there are different levels, but I am unable to tell you how bad it really is. I know that he can not quilify for surgery for another 10 months. I guess what I am wondering, is how often to people choose not to have a hip replaced? I feel like i have seen a lot of threads when I have searched in the past where folks don't even have the surgery done. Is that because these dogs get it when they are older? For now, I watch his weight, give him plenty of excersise, and he takes glucosamine. I have looked into water therapy, but the closest facility is about 2 hours away, each way. Just trying to get some opinions!? Please help. And BTW, I just want wants best for my boy, the cost of surgery is not a problem. I guess I just dont want to do it unless it has to be done. Thanks for your time1
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There are plenty of dogs out there with "bad hips" that never show it. They can live full active lives without surgery. It just really depends on how much it is affecting them. Is he limping or showing signs of pain?

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He has always "waddled" while walking, that was what made me decide to have him checked. Honestly I can't tell just how much pain he is in. The only thing I know that effects it for sure, is sitting for too long. I would say he has discomfort, not neccessarily pain?
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The vet I talked with said that hip replacement done on a young dog may not last their full life. We did not do it but what options did they give and why the wait?

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I had Rosa's THR done when she was 13 months old. It has worked out very well for her, but she was a much more severe case than what you are describing. I hope you had a consult with an orthopedic vet, and did not rely on the word of your regular vet. I think it is important to get at least one specialist (or more!) before making any decisions.

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My vet pretty much suggested as well that I have a consultation with a specialist. I have heard the same thing about surgery on a young dog, although that is not why I haven't acted on it. I guess the hold up has been being told that he would not quilify for the surgery until he was 20-24 months. I am aware that I could have the consultation done now, but I am kinda thinking that a lot could change between now and 12 months from now. I do know that at this point THR is not urgent. I guess I am hoping if I continue the excerise and suppliments (I know it won't "fix" his hips) surgery may not be a must?
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How big is this pup right now? I really do not think I would be thinking about a hip replacement on him. I would go ahead and see the orthopedic specialist though and see what options you have. You can also send pre-lim x-rays to the OFA when he is a little older and get the opinion from them as well.
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How big is this pup right now? I really do not think I would be thinking about a hip replacement on him. I would go ahead and see the orthopedic specialist though and see what options you have. You can also send pre-lim x-rays to the OFA when he is a little older and get the opinion from them as well.

89 lbs as of WED. Thanks for the info about sending the x rays. I was unaware of that. I thought THR was kinda silly at his age from the info I had. What I mean is from what the vet said, there was no need to have the surgery performed asap. Honestly she didnt make it seem urgent by any means.
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Talk to the specialist. They can tell you what htey think and suggest supplements for him. Just because your regular vet tells you something doesn't mean the specialist will agree.
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Prelims can be sent to OFA at any age. If he is under a year, they will give you a rating, but will not post it on the site. If he is over a year, they will post his prelim results on their site. Prelim rating are done by just the in house vet and the results come back very quickly.
I had it done on a 10 month old Sheltie that I had bought from another breeder. Did not like the way he was moving, had him xrayed and his hips were horrible. He was given a severe rating at 10 months.
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