Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Los Angeles, Ca
@ Marybeth. A third opinion would be good, I was scared too since both are saying the same thing, that its bad.
@ Chris and Bow wow, I have seen an ortho vet, He said Dexter (im going to use layman terms because I dont understand the sublaxation degrees and all the terminology ) had shallow sockets and that even the "good hip" has a high chance to get worse. He said even a TPO may not be the best because of shallow sockets (everything seems to be about shallow sockets) and a full hip replacement may be the best.. Not to let him jump or run. Hydrotherapy would be good for him to build up muscle.
Since im already paying alot for Adequan and laser therapy, because Dex does favor the hip on his right. So I know he must be having some pain there. I decided to do the swimming , walking in water at home. I ordered a small above ground pool, but because I live in California where its very hot these days its on backorder. I should get it Wednesday.
The ortho vet is a an older man (was referred by my vet), maybe late 70s with a strong accent and his bedside manner leaves some lacking but my vet also said the same thing. Needless to say I left in tears from his office. I do think after reading your replies , I need a third opinion.
Dexter is getting an Adequan shot 2 x a week, laser 2 x a week, I have him on a joint supplement, Glucosamine with MSM, and fish oil. He is already on the thin side but is very tall. ( and 4 cups of food doesnt seem to do it for him anymore, hes still hungry, but im afraid to give him more) I bought him an orthopeadic mattress for his crate and a heating pad.
Ive been trying to read up as much as I can here regarding supplements. I do want to try the bone soup but I have no idea where to find animal hooves here in the city. I called 3 butchers in the area and they dont have them. They dont butcher the whole animal, instead they get large pieces and cut them up.