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Hi Guys,

It's been a rough couple of days for my family as we found out on Saturday that our 8 month old pup has hip dysplasia. What was first an examination and x-rays for pano, we got hit with the news that he's dysplastic.

How bad do the hips look?
What can we expect as he gets older?
Has anyone had a puppy close to this condition at this age? How did they develop and what exercises and changes did you put in place for them?

We were first devastated not knowing what to expect, but researching more and hearing some reassurance from people that it will be ok helped out a lot. One thing I should point out, I know the x-ray positioning is bad. The general practice vet who took this was no help and didn't explain much to us about hip dysplasia and what to expect. This is what made us so worried as we didn't have an outlook on his future. We're working with his breeder and scheduling getting a 2nd opinion with some better x-rays so we can get prelim OFA grades for him.

We were in the process of ramping up his training and starting him on advanced obedience, agility, and protection before we found this out. So naturally, this got us pretty down as we found out. The little guy has a great drive, he's so smart, and has so much potential it would be sad not to put it to good use. Is all of this still possible or would it be a waste and do more harm than good?
 

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Hi Guys,

It's been a rough couple of days for my family as we found out on Saturday that our 8 month old pup has hip dysplasia. What was first an examination and x-rays for pano, we got hit with the news that he's dysplastic.

How bad do the hips look?
What can we expect as he gets older?
Has anyone had a puppy close to this condition at this age? How did they develop and what exercises and changes did you put in place for them?

We were first devastated not knowing what to expect, but researching more and hearing some reassurance from people that it will be ok helped out a lot. One thing I should point out, I know the x-ray positioning is bad. The general practice vet who took this was no help and didn't explain much to us about hip dysplasia and what to expect. This is what made us so worried as we didn't have an outlook on his future. We're working with his breeder and scheduling getting a 2nd opinion with some better x-rays so we can get prelim OFA grades for him.

We were in the process of ramping up his training and starting him on advanced obedience, agility, and protection before we found this out. So naturally, this got us pretty down as we found out. The little guy has a great drive, he's so smart, and has so much potential it would be sad not to put it to good use. Is all of this still possible or would it be a waste and do more harm than good?
Hey @adamf, we just went through the same thing with our 7 months old GSD - went in for pano and found out he was dysplasic. Actually our boys look very similar with their plush coats!

I'd love to hear any updates you have had over the past year and what the outlook is for your boy?

Also, curious where you purchased him from?
 

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Hi Guys,

It's been a rough couple of days for my family as we found out on Saturday that our 8 month old pup has hip dysplasia. What was first an examination and x-rays for pano, we got hit with the news that he's dysplastic.

How bad do the hips look?
What can we expect as he gets older?
Has anyone had a puppy close to this condition at this age? How did they develop and what exercises and changes did you put in place for them?

We were first devastated not knowing what to expect, but researching more and hearing some reassurance from people that it will be ok helped out a lot. One thing I should point out, I know the x-ray positioning is bad. The general practice vet who took this was no help and didn't explain much to us about hip dysplasia and what to expect. This is what made us so worried as we didn't have an outlook on his future. We're working with his breeder and scheduling getting a 2nd opinion with some better x-rays so we can get prelim OFA grades for him.

We were in the process of ramping up his training and starting him on advanced obedience, agility, and protection before we found this out. So naturally, this got us pretty down as we found out. The little guy has a great drive, he's so smart, and has so much potential it would be sad not to put it to good use. Is all of this still possible or would it be a waste and do more harm than good?
Hey @adamf, we just went through the same thing with our 7 months old GSD - went in for pano and found out he was dysplasic. Actually our boys look very similar with their plush coats!

I'd love to hear any updates you have had over the past year and what the outlook is for your boy?

Also, curious where you purchased him from?
Hi @VTBunny, our pup is currently 13 months old and still has shown no sign of slowing down or symptoms of hip dysplasia. He’s had a couple unrelated issues with his training and behavior that we had to adjust first, so we haven’t gotten around to that 2nd X-ray yet. The original X-ray was sent to a radiologist who is used as a preliminary grade before submission to the OFA and they diagnosed the pano which was obvious, but wouldn’t confirm HD because the X-rays were crooked and recommended getting them redone for another analysis. I’ve had various convos with his breeder and trainers and they all don’t think he has HD due to him not showing any symptoms. He’s going to get his 2nd X-ray at 14 months and that should give us a better idea. He’s currently recovering for the next couple of weeks from being neutered. He had an issue with marking and roaming so we opted to neuter him before proceeding with the HD tests. One of the things we wanted to take him on to help build up his leg muscles in preparation for HD was hiking and those bad habits threw a big wrench into those plans which led us to attempting to do that first before proceeding with the HD stuff. Overall, still no symptoms, 2nd opinion for a pre-OFA style grade was negative, and planning on kicking his exercise up a notch to build up some more muscle. We really don’t think he has HD, but even if he does he doesn’t look like he’s going to slow down from it. If he does, we’ll be ready for it and any options later by continuing to monitor him with his vet. His breeder is located in Temecula, California. Shoot me a pm if you think we might have the same breeder.
 

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A lot will depend on the dogs pain tolerance, and how quickly the HD progresses. My Siberian has HD, and surgery is was the best option. I'd look to start him on NSAIDs which should help in the short term. We elected to have surgery performed on the right hip and will do the left side when he has built up enough strength. A total hip replacement will give him the best outcome, but the procedure is very expensive (8k). A femoral head osteotomy is a cheaper option, and if you do not care how athletic he is, then that could be an option as well as it is 1/4 the price.

Talk to an orthopedic specialist. Many dogs do well with medicine.
 

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Thanks @adamf that gives me some hope. Our dog also has some behavior issues (leash reactive) so we are trying To get that under control. We are in VA but hard to find those plush coats with deep black and red coat so I thought we may have the same breeder. I’m glad your pup isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. We were considering e-collar training before we found out about his HD but hesitating to invest since we weren’t sure how Rocco’s quality of life, longevity, or health care would be so was hesitant to invest until we learned more.
 

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one hip is bad, the other looks ok - this is a good thing - get the x-rays to OFA for official report and rating....then get with an ortho specialist to determine when and if he is a candidate for a FHO.....dogs with that surgery reportedly do well...

so sorry about the pup.....being proactive now is your best course....there is alot of good info posted - but an ortho vet will be the best way to go forward


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