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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-14-2014, 08:16 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Ziva has HD-How bad?

I suspected Ziva had HD. Had her hips and elbows x-rayed today (she was also spayed). She is 19 months. I know these are not good. Vet is waiting on the certified radiologist to grade them.

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So yeah. They are not great. The femoral necks are thickened and the heads have less than 50% coverage.

But.... I have seen waaaay worse. Keep her thin, keep her muscled, get her on a joint supplement and you may never see outward signs until she is much older.

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So yeah. They are not great. The femoral necks are thickened and the heads have less than 50% coverage.

But.... I have seen waaaay worse. Keep her thin, keep her muscled, get her on a joint supplement and you may never see outward signs until she is much older.
Thank you for looking. Thankfully she is thin, 58 lbs. She loves to run and run full throttle at that. She loves the water but we have yet to get her to really swim. We don't have many places that allow dogs to swim. Plus winter is coming.

Our previous mix breed dogs took Cosequin DS for years.
I see they have a newer formula with MSM.

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Add fish stock or human grade fish oil to her meals. This will help as a natural anti inflammatory as well as other benefits.
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Add fish stock or human grade fish oil to her meals. This will help as a natural anti inflammatory as well as other benefits.
Unfortunately, she has many food sensitivities and can not have fish oil or any fish for that matter. We use and algae based omega-3 and give her Springtime Joint Health supplements.

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curcumin is a natural inflammatory too.




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I would research turmeric, my friend uses it for her older dogs with arthritis and they are notably more active on it. She does a turmeric/coconut oil paste. I give it to my kiddos too, but they don't have any soreness issues that I can comment on, I just give it for general health.


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I would research turmeric, my friend uses it for her older dogs with arthritis and they are notably more active on it. She does a turmeric/coconut oil paste. I give it to my kiddos too, but they don't have any soreness issues that I can comment on, I just give it for general health.


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No worries Any suggestions, advise, input anytime is always welcome. Ziva is such a fussy eater. I often have trouble getting her to eat food that has supplements of any kind added. I have tried many over the last 2 years.

Fortunately, I can report that she seems to like the Springtime Joint Health chewable tablets (we call them her candy). And, she seems to be doing very well on them. No signs of pain or stiffness. She runs, plays and acts totally normal.

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How often do you guys get x-Rays to check for HD ?
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I would research turmeric, my friend uses it for her older dogs with arthritis and they are notably more active on it. She does a turmeric/coconut oil paste. I give it to my kiddos too, but they don't have any soreness issues that I can comment on, I just give it for general health.


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I use Tumeric for my dogs. The senior has some arthritis but with the Tumeric you would ever know. It also helps my golden that has hip dysplasia and has had two FHOs. Not to mention I use it too. I do not give any other supplements for joint health.

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