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Opinions please on hip x-rays

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I need some opinions on this x-ray. This is our 6 months old female GSD puppy. She was playing tug and yelped very loudly and then the right leg gave out on her. The vet took this x-ray. She is trying to say that the pup has bilateral HD!!! Other than this tugging episode, she has been completely normal, active and pain free. PLEASE HELP!!! They sedated her for this x-ray. What are your opinions? What do you think of her positioning for the film?

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Positioning won't help this. Very obvious HD. So sorry for the bad news.


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Unfortunately, your vet is correct. Bilateral HD. So sorry.
The positioning is incorrect. The legs should be straight down, not tilted outward. But that wouldn't change the diagnosis though as proper positioning would leverage the femoral heads further out of the socket, making the hips even more loose than they are in this film.

She is very young, and joints often tighten up with maturity as ligaments tighten reducing laxity in the joints. Given the current amount of laxity it is doubtful that they will tighten enough to pass certification and she'll always technically have HD, but with maturity, good exercise, good diet, keeping her lean and not letting her get fat, and adding some joint supplements she may be fine for many years to come.


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I'm so sorry for your sad news.. Does anyone know of an example of a normal hip X-ray to compare this one to? Im just learning.


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So sorry to hear about your baby. I'm so tired of reading about bad hips, it makes me sad. I wish they did not have this problem.
This site helped me alot when I found out my pup had HD.
Leerburg | The Importance of Good Positioning on Canine Hip X-rays
But like others have said there is some hope that they can live a full happy life with HD.
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Orthopedic Foundation for Animals: Hip Dysplasia

The OFA website has some great information.

Keep your chin up! It's not a death sentence.


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Orthopedic Foundation for Animals: Hip Dysplasia

The OFA website has some great information.

Keep your chin up! It's not a death sentence.
This is a very informative link. Thank you. Being a new GSD owner I wasn't sure what exactly HD was.


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I'm so sorry for your sad news.. Does anyone know of an example of a normal hip X-ray to compare this one to? Im just learning.


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Here is some threads posted showing good hips - notice the nice contact between the ball and the socket.

https://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...r-program.html

https://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...ws-normal.html

https://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...-ofa-good.html

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I am sorry about the hips. They do not look good, but they aren't the worst I have seen. Surgery might be an option, but with regular exercise, good diet, supplements, keeping her lean, she may never need a surgery.

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These were Tori's hips, they came back OFA Good. They show the ball of the femur well into the socket.


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I am in agreement with everyone, your vet is correct. Sorry about this news...

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