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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-30-2015, 07:35 AM Thread Starter
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Need opinions!!!!!! Possible Hip Dysplasia.

My german shepherd puppy slipped and his hind legs spreaded really wide. After the ship my puppy began to limp so I became concerned and took him to the vet. The vet diagnosised Bolo with Hip Dysplasia. How is that possible when Bolo slipped!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So now I am left with what should I do??????????????????? If he really has HD I cannot afford to pay for surgery and my financial hardship want allow me to apply for a Care Credit Card or any other card for that matter. Someone please advise me on what I should do!!!!!
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-30-2015, 07:56 AM
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How old is this puppy? If he is really young like as in weeks, I would seek another vet opinion.

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Bolo is 6 month old
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I did seek another vet and I got the same results...it's just so very hard to believe because Bolo initially slipped on my floor.
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post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-30-2015, 08:33 AM
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Did they do X-rays?

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Did they do X-rays?
Definitely. That is the only way to diagnose HD. Also HD is not a reason to freak out - there are varying degrees, and many dogs live their whole lives symptom free. Even if your dog does show symptoms surgery is not the only option.
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post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-30-2015, 01:24 PM Thread Starter
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Hello, yes there were xrays taken. I'm going to pick the x-rays up and post the photos.
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post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-30-2015, 01:25 PM Thread Starter
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WHat other options can I take?
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post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-30-2015, 01:58 PM
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I moved your thread out of Loving Memory to Health (Like others are saying, HD is not a death sentence ), and added info to your subject line.

Please, don't panic or freak out! The limping may be un-related to the hips. Once we get to see the x-rays, you'll have a better idea of what you are dealing with. Many dogs have mild to moderate HD, and live full, happy, active, pain-free lives.

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post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-30-2015, 02:31 PM
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My aussie mix was diagnosed with moderate-severe hip dysplasia at 8 months old. My vet did not recommend surgery for her. I keep her thin, feed a good diet, supplement with glucosamine and fish oil, and give adequan injections every 2 weeks. She is an active 8 year old dog and is doing very well. Swimming is an excellent exercise for hip dysplasia.
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