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Hey guys, we just got some terrible news from my doctor, that my 6 1/2 month GSD puppy has Moderate Hip Dysplasia and Mild Elbow Dysplasia. We found out last night because we did x-rays for him because there were some concerns from my trainer. Unfortunately, her concerns were real and there are issues with our little boy. I wanted to reach out to the forum to get some advice and help regarding your experiences, as everyone has been so helpful along my pups life.

We are a first time dog owners and felt like we did our due diligence to get a puppy with excellent hips/elbows.

SIRE: Polo von Arlett

DAM: Havin vom Fürstenbrunn

I will also include his x-rays for anyone who knows more and give me more insight. Any help and feedback is greatly appreciated :smile2:
 

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Oh wow, I am so sorry. At his age, I would call both of those SEVERE :( And neither will get better with age.

I would meet with an orthopedic specialist to discuss your options, if you haven't already. There are some surgical treatments available.
 

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So for elbows...I would ask the vet to send them out for a radiology report (it's about $100, depending on the number of images you want them to look at). Any vet school should be able to do it, or your vet may have a relationship with a radiology specialist. Elbows are very tricky to read correctly, and the positioning REALLY matters (the wrong positioning can make normal ones look dysplastic). If you're sending out elbow radiographs, you may want to send out hips for a second expert look too. Otherwise, have a local vet orthopedist look at them.

Here's an example of the kind of teleradiology service I'm referring to -- but there should be something like this at every university vet school, but prices vary:
https://www.lsu.edu/vetmed/veterinary_hospital/services/diagnostic_imaging/teleradiology_service.php
 

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Sorry to hear. I would be contacting your breeder. I wonder if he is a bit to young for a definitive diagnosis.
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Yes, I contacted my breeder regarding this and she works on a case by case basis. Basically, I've been in touch with her for most of my pups life and she says in doing so, she will be able to either (1) take the dog back after 1st year x-rays or (2)give us a new puppy of equal value, but at this point we fell in love and want to be there for him. *I've sent the x-rays to her so she can send them to her vet.

He's a very happy dog and does not seem to be too limited yet, but he gets up slow and goes down gently.
I've always had concerns with his drive/energy and this seems to be the culprit.
 

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I am very sorry to hear. The sockets look almost too big for the ball of the hips themselves. I'm still new to reading these types of things. I would definitely look into speaking with your breeder. Did you sign some form of health guarantee?


Surgery has been pretty successful for HD. I met a Rhodesian Ridgie that had his elbows fixed. He doesn't walk quite right yet, but he looks a lot better than he did previously.
 

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So for elbows...I would ask the vet to send them out for a radiology report (it's about $100, depending on the number of images you want them to look at). Any vet school should be able to do it, or your vet may have a relationship with a radiology specialist. Elbows are very tricky to read correctly, and the positioning REALLY matters (the wrong positioning can make normal ones look dysplastic). If you're sending out elbow radiographs, you may want to send out hips for a second expert look too. Otherwise, have a local vet orthopedist look at them.

Here's an example of the kind of teleradiology service I'm referring to -- but there should be something like this at every university vet school, but prices vary:
https://www.lsu.edu/vetmed/veterinary_hospital/services/diagnostic_imaging/teleradiology_service.php

Thank you for your reply, we got radiographs done too, and will be getting those reports today
 

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I am very sorry to hear. The sockets look almost too big for the ball of the hips themselves. I'm still new to reading these types of things. I would definitely look into speaking with your breeder. Did you sign some form of health guarantee?


Surgery has been pretty successful for HD. I met a Rhodesian Ridgie that had his elbows fixed. He doesn't walk quite right yet, but he looks a lot better than he did previously.

Thank you for your reply. Yes I spoke to her and there is no guarantee - only on a case by case. In my case she will be honoring it, but we are torn on what to do :frown2:
 

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So sorry to hear. Ask your breeder if she at least can help cover some treatment/surgery cost? It could end up being pretty expensive down the road, my cat went through joint surgery, the surgery itself was 6k CAD but hospitalization and various rechecks brought the total to 8k CAD, and it was only one leg too. Good luck.

EDIT: Also recommend consulting several clinicians if you can. In my cat's case, I was quoted vastly differently (2k difference) by different surgeons in the same general area...
 

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So sorry to hear. Ask your breeder if she at least can help cover some treatment/surgery cost? It could end up being pretty expensive down the road, my cat went through joint surgery, the surgery itself was 6k CAD but hospitalization and various rechecks brought the total to 8k CAD, and it was only one leg too. Good luck.

EDIT: Also recommend consulting several clinicians if you can. In my cat's case, I was quoted vastly differently (2k difference) by different surgeons in the same general area...
Okay thank you for this, we are still weighing out options for the future of our pup. I know it can get expensive down the road being that he has ED/HD at such an early age.
 

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Heads up, call NorthStar in Robbinsville NJ..they are doing a clinical trial for TPO and FHO! Their surgeons are top notch.

Sorry about the poor outcome on xrays, if this were my dog I'd be calling that team asap.

http://www.northstarvets.com/clinical-trials
 

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Sorry to hear. I would be contacting your breeder. I wonder if he is a bit to young for a definitive diagnosis.

My breeder suggested I wait to 1 year old x rays to have a definitive diagnosis, but my wife and I are convinced that it won't get any better as per our doctor and radiologists reports.

Thoughts?
 
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