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Unhappy 9 Month GSD x Malamute Hips

Same old story, went in for X-Ray for Pano, and came out with a HD diagnosis, although the xrays are extremely lopsided, I've attached them anyway. He was 6 months when we first got these down, and is now 9 months.

They got sent to ortho specialists out of town. And they said that TPO wasn't an option? Because he had grown too much already was their reason, although I have read that as long as pups are under 12 months of age, and show no sign of arthritis, it could always be done? I'm not complaining though because I hated the idea of him having to go through such an invasive surgery at such a young age.

Now we are 3 months later, and I'm doing swimming, uphill walks, keeping food intake down, glucosamine and fish oil supplements. However, just wondering if anyone here has any experience with dog acupuncture and/or 'physio' like treatments for the HD? I'm noticing his back left leg becoming increasingly 'lamer' and him dragging it lots, as well as longer time to 'rise' from lying down. And I want to know of everything else I can do to help him.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 02-25-2018, 07:45 PM
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Huge fan of acupuncture here. I had great success with it on my dog with HD. The proposed treatments were never needed. The initial 6 that I did were all that was ever needed. Although I did take her for random treatments to maintain.
We also used it on the patrol dogs for maintenance and they all responded well and enjoyed the treatments. Do your research and find a skilled practitioner though.
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Huge fan of acupuncture here. I had great success with it on my dog with HD. The proposed treatments were never needed. The initial 6 that I did were all that was ever needed. Although I did take her for random treatments to maintain.
We also used it on the patrol dogs for maintenance and they all responded well and enjoyed the treatments. Do your research and find a skilled practitioner though.

Do you know what I would be looking for to see if they are a 'skilled' or 'good' practitioner? What would you look for when you were seeking acupuncture treatments?
What 'success' did you find with your dog once he received the acupuncture treatments? Thanks!
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My girl was struggling with stairs, unable to jump up on my bed and had stopped wagging her tail. After one appointment she walked out of the clinic with her tail wagging and jumped effortlessly into the car. After 3 treatments she was back at work and racing up and down stairs with ease.
I would ask for local recommendations from your vet or other dog owners.
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Thank you!

He's just hurt himself by slipping on our tiles just then - it was only for 5 minutes but he was crying and couldn't put pressure on one of his back legs. Shook it off already though so I'm just wary it's getting progressively worse. I'll have to look into acupuncture ASAP
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