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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-09-2019, 10:50 PM Thread Starter
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7 Month Old HD Diagnosed. Just gathering some info/ opinions

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So I have poured over every thread I could find about young pups with hip dysplasia as I had a feeling I was going to get bad news.

My beautiful, sweet rescue puppy of 7 months that I have only had for 2 months was diagnosed with HD today in both hips.

I found out because I could feel a clicking in his right hip when he sat or walked and a very loud pop sound sometimes when he sat He once slipped and cried out while playing tug and could not rise for a few seconds. I was about to rush to the emergency vet when he got up and carried on playing like normal. Looking back I believe his hip dislocated This is the only time he has EVER expressed any pain vocally.

He does not bunny hop (as far as I can tell) runs, plays, jumps, is energetic, doesn't seem to be in any pain at all. He even loves to roll in the grass and stretch his back legs out super far for tummy tickles in the sunshine. You would swear nothing was wrong, except he won't sit straight and he pops. I am so scared he is in pain and just is not showing it.

I have some decisions to make and wanted to post his xrays from today to see what people think. Last shot was the best I am just posting all 3 from the session. I will go the surgical route if it will give him the best life. I am going to see an ortho vet as soon as I can for a consultation.

Thanks for your time.
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-09-2019, 11:31 PM
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I hope the Ortho vet can give you some good news, please keep us posted🙏🐶
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Would it be better if I started a thread in health?
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HD is not really the tragedy it once was. Between diagnostic, treatment and nutrition advances it is easily managed and treated in all but the most severe cases.
I am no expert but those hips don't look terrible to me, although I'm sure I'm wrong.
He is still young and growing so heavy focus on low impact/low stress exercises and good nutrition will be beneficial. Keep him at a healthy weight and keep those muscles strong. Also start learning about things like acupuncture and acupressure. A good ortho vet is a wise choice and you will have much more info from them and can make an informed decision.
Sabs had pretty severe HD in both hips and it took DM to stop her at nearly 13. It really never bother her at all.
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Thanks very much for your response. I will be seeing the Ortho vet next week to start deciding what route to take.
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Remember to treat the dog, not the xray. Most of the dogs I've owned have had some level of HD. Some needed more intervention than others, but they all have had good lives. I'm at a point where I just shrug and roll with it -- we can manage it!


I'll take an HD diagnosis over bad elbows, spinal stenosis, auto-immune, heart deformity, and lots of other badness that's out there. I can give them a good life with bad hips, but those other things sometimes aren't fixable. So in the range of bad news one can get, hips really aren't up very high for me. It might be different if I did dog sports or competed in agility -- but for being active family dogs, it doesn't have to take away from the dog's quality of life.



Your dog is in good hands, and it's very likely going to be just fine!
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I am far from an expert, but that sure doesn't look bad at all compared to some of them. Have you looked at the other threads on HD? Some post Xrays that show very little socket. Your pups hips don't look too bad.
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I would treat the dog, not the xrays. Keep him strong, swim him as much as you can, give him supplements and save your money for future hip replacements or FHO's.

Here's some advice for everyone....if you suspect a hip issue, or something serious, get insurance. And do NOT get diagnostics done until the waiting period is up. For instance, Healthy Paws has a 1 yr clause. If hte dog is not diagnosed until after 1 year from the effective date, they will cover the cost.
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Here's some advice for everyone....if you suspect a hip issue, or something serious, get insurance. And do NOT get diagnostics done until the waiting period is up. For instance, Healthy Paws has a 1 yr clause. If hte dog is not diagnosed until after 1 year from the effective date, they will cover the cost.
This is very important...... Same policy with Nationwide.
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I would treat the dog, not the xrays. Keep him strong, swim him as much as you can, give him supplements and save your money for future hip replacements or FHO's.

Here's some advice for everyone....if you suspect a hip issue, or something serious, get insurance. And do NOT get diagnostics done until the waiting period is up. For instance, Healthy Paws has a 1 yr clause. If hte dog is not diagnosed until after 1 year from the effective date, they will cover the cost.
thanks for the advice sounds solid.

I was an absolute loser with the pet insurance. I planned to get it from the start but was procrastinating. Then I was at the vet just getting a vaccine shot and I randomly asked the vet a question about his clicking hip. That turned into a quick hip exam and all down hill from there. One question cost me thousands. I should have just waited
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