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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-30-2015, 02:25 PM Thread Starter
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Eiko's hips

I originally took Eiko to Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital at about 6 months because he was so mellow as a puppy. So mellow that pepole would comment on it. I was worried that he was sick or in pain. As well he had displayed what appeared to be a slight limp after playing with an older lab puppy the weekend before we went in. Originally he was checked out by the community practice and then after an overnight stay checked out by the Orthopedic department.

The diagnosis:
Mild Bilateral Hip Dysplasia
--Bilateral Grade I/V hindlimb lameness, left worse than right
--Positive Ortolani (left coxofemoral joint)
--Descreased bilateral hip abduction, flexion, extension

They also noted mild bilaterally symmetric muscle atrophy in the hind at a more recent vet visit. They prescribed him a few physical therapy exercises and supplementation and suggested that I get follow up radiographs at a year old.

Eiko turns one year old next week. I've shown the radiographs to others and they were skeptical that he actually had HP. I've never owned a GSD before Eiko so I'm interested in getting other opinions from people more experience with the breed.

What do you guys think?
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-14-2015, 04:52 PM
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I think you need to have the radiographs retaken. Your dog is very poorly positioned in that film and it would be hard to give you an accurate grade from it.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-14-2015, 05:03 PM
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The films are not that bad.

There is thickening if femoral neck. The left( as I look at it) has decent coverage over 50%, but there is flattening of the head.

The right side has less coverage.

I am a firm believer in threading the animal not the X-ray. So do what you need to to keep your pup comfortable, well muscled and pain free.

Neither of those hips looks debilitating to me.

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