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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-10-2017, 03:59 AM Thread Starter
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Hip Help?

I just found this forum and I am really happy there is a 'show those hips' section.

This is my GSD's hips at 6 months. We didn't want to get him x-rayed since he had shown zero discomfort of pain at all, but we agreed to it for some reason.
The vet decided he 'almost definitely' has Hip Dysplasia.
Now, these are very good vets, but we have had nothing but a bad time there. Nobody even showed us the x-rays, we had to pester a nurse at a check-up to get them emailed to us. So we don't actually know what makes the vets think hip dysplasia. Nobody discussed it with it. We sent the images to the breeder, who does not believe he has HD, and she showed them to her vet who does not believe he has HD either.
Captain just turned one yesterday. He has still not shown a single sign of discomfort or pain.

What do you guys think?
This is my first dog, and I want to do everything right. I'm no vet, but I don't know who to believe here. I just want to do the right thing. I'm not rushing into major surgery for nothing.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-20-2017, 03:18 AM Thread Starter
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Kind of would love an opinion. Even just one..
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-20-2017, 08:37 AM
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these fall into that realm of technical ambiguity that always has me scratching my head

at first glance, they are fine - they are not beautiful or perfect, but there are sockets, the hips are in the sockets, they are not malformed

however!!!!! they have some subluxation.....so whether they will pass or not is going to be a very individual call on the part of the OFA evaluators....they may well get a split decision and be given a fail as randomly as a fair....

All in all - they don't look BAD - they are totally functional IMO....but this is one of those dogs whose x-rays should not define his ability to do what you want to do with him....I would much rather have a dog with a great temperament and nerves with these hips than a dog with excellent hips and caca temperament.

I just saw that you are in Scotland!! I have no knowledge of your evaluation system in the UK......this is from my perspective having dogs done by OFA in America!!!



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I'm not qualified to read x-rays, but you could take your images to another vet for a 2nd opinion.

I took Asher in to our local vet once b/c he was limping for a day (foreleg was lame). The vet took x-rays and told me he had severe elbow dysplasia and needed surgery right away. I asked (insisted?) that he send the x-rays to the orthopedic specialists at a university veterinary hospital and asked my trainer to recommend a local vet experienced in orthopedics for a 2nd opinion. Both the university veterinarian and the 2nd vet I consulted agreed that Asher hadn't been aligned properly for the first set of x-rays and his elbows were perfectly normal. I had the 2nd vet take another set of images just to be on the safe side. Anyway, ended up paying $600+ for a sprained leg that hasn't bothered him since, but that's better than surgery.

From what I understand (and I could be mistaken), a pup with mild hip dysplasia can lead a normal life without surgery.
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.Hips in a 6 month old can also tighten with age and maturity. Swimming, age appropriate exercise like light hiking and running around with a buddy can help build muscle and tighten up the support system around the joint.

Just noticed he is a year. You could add light biking or jogging with owner. You want to build muscle, but not over tax a still growing animal.

If you are worried about it, I would recheck him now that he is a year or wait until the time it is normally done in Scotland for the official ratings.

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6 months is still very young, and things have plenty time to change between then and maturity. To me, those look fine. Not perfect, but I wouldn't call it HD, especially without being able to see the rotation of the knees. I'll attach one of my own 6 month old's X-ray that was OFA prelim good for comparison.
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Good functional hips....that's all that's important in life as opposed to dialogue!
Stop worrying about these hips.
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