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Took these x-rays to the orthopedic surgeon, he said both hips are bad. Couldn't even say which is worse. Told me that fixing one hip should fix the issue because she will most likely shift her weight. Told me to pick the hip. Any one stand out to you? Would you do the THR she is 6.5 years old. We take 3 plus miles walks daily. Play fetch, goes up and down stairs. She does bunny hop when running and she draws one of her legs on long walks or going up a slope.


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The left hip looks a tad less covered and the thigh less muscled. Is the left leg the one that drags? If so, I would have that one done. If the left one drags then I would ask the surgeon for help choosing because you want to replace the hip causing the most pain.

Also, I would do it now while she is on the young side rather than later.

I’m really sorry she is going through this but 6 is a good age and she sounds very healthy otherwise.

I saw your other thread. I’m glad you are getting good advice.

Edit to say, no matter what I say or any other posts, make you decision on which hip after you have another discussion with your surgeon.
 

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my vote is also for the left one... for the same reasons mentioned above, less coverage and muscle tone.
 

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When you say left do you mean left on xray or actual left leg? It is her right that she drags. When I try to extend her legs she will let me extend the left leg a bit but she won't let me extend the right one at all. I'm also worried about safety and recovery from the surgery.
 

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The x-ray has an L which means that is the left leg. That leg is the worse of the two, see the lack of muscling? That right leg is doing more than its work, its a no wonder it drags. Your surgeon can prep you for what recovery will look like. Get the dog used to what the will be, before surgery.
 

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I’m talking actual left that has less coverage and muscle. But you are saying that she drags the right leg. This necessitates more thought into which one and I think you are going to need your surgeons help determining that.

My boy has HD in both hips but as far as I can tell, symptomatic in only one so I feel for you. His worst also gets stiff but I have had really good success limbering it up with simple very gentle downward massage strokes from top of thigh to just past the knee with one hand while supporting the leg from either the paw or the heel. It seems to cause an automatic stretch and with that I can manipulate a running motion. Maybe you could try that with your vet or surgeons ok.

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Thank yoh everyone who has contributed so far. I can manipulate her left leg and get it about half way straight. Of I try to move her right leg she is in more pain and she will not let me move it at all. I have her on tons of supplements but I do not think they are helping at all. The prescription is caroprofin
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I would cool it on the 3 mile a day plus fetch no matter how much she wants to go, go, go. Shorten it Ideally to the point that you are done with the hike and or exercises before she starts to drag her leg. Try a mile (1/2 mile out and 1/2 mile in) Rather than fetch, look for gentler exercises to do with her. Perhaps keep her in a stand and send her to fetch once the thrown ball has stopped, swimming or water therapy, find it games etc.

Most of those supplements are to help maintain healthy hips, but they won’t provide pain relief. If she’s always dragging her leg and there is a lot of time before you do the THR, get her to the specialist and find something that will relieve her pain (ask about Adequan I give it to my guy and it helps a lot) and perhaps some physical therapy to keep what’s left of her range of motion in that right leg.
 

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Thank you everyone so far. I contacted my surgeon yesterday to set up the appointment and they can't do the surgery till mid march because they have so many scheduled. I have since contacted NC State orthopedics and they are going to get me in for an evaluation in the next 30 days or so. Just want a solid second opinion and another option if I like them to potentially move forward with the surgery sooner. I have used adequan on my last 2 GSD and it didn't help at all. However most people swear by it. I am going to get my vet to send me a scrip and I am going to try it while waiting for the surgery.
 
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