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Hi, Im John from uk, Me and my wife have a g/shep called jess. We have looked after and cared for her since 5 weeks old. Jess is nearlly 8 years old now and was diognosed with hip displacier about 4 years ago. we feed jess hills (dry food) as recomended by our vets. also jess has Glucosamine and cod liver oil on top. In november/december the food changed and no Glucosamine or cod liver was given to her. now jess's hip displacier is back but alot worce, and our vet has told us that she also has artheritus in both front poors. the food is as it was now, all i ask is advice on how to help our jess. when using serch engines all sites say how good the treatment is and trying to sell. what will work?? or who to ask? I can be contacted on uk mobile number 07887962127 regards John
 

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Hi John,

Sorry to hear about Tess. Hip dysplasia never goes away unless you get surgery. Why did you stop the glucosamine? Is it possible to get surgery for her? My first dog had hip dysplasia and I got her a total hip replacement when she was 5 years old. She then lived to be almost 12.

Here's the product I use for my current dog that has hip dysplasia:

http://www.springtimeinc.com/product/121/2

It works great but I know he still has the hip dysplasia and I will get him surgery when he's older.

You can use that with a high dose of Ester C.

Also, the Hills food is not the greatest food out there although I don't know what's available to you in England.
 

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Hi John

Sorry to hear about Jess. Try not to get too downhearted, there are a lot of options for dogs with hip dysplasia. Arthritis and dysplasia are unfortunately problems for which there is not one thing that will definitely work. My Shep for example, did fine with just Cosequin until he was 12 when he had both hips replaced. In contrast Bonnie went to rehab twice a week, walked on an underwater treadmill, had a wheelchair, was on a virtual pharmacy of medications, and lived comfortably without surgery until she was 19.

My suggestion would be to find an orthopedic specialist and have Jess evaluated. I don't know where you live (I'm an expat Brit now living in the USA), but if you're in the North East, I can recommend Dr Malcolm Ness. You could also think of going to one of the veterinary teaching hospitals. A specialist would be able to tell you how advanced Jess's disease is and provide options such as exercise, diet, supplements, medications, or surgery.

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Why did you stop giving Jess the glucosamine?

I've had good luck keeping the Hooligans comfortable with Dasuquin with MSM. Also Adequan injections help. If she needs a prescription medication, I give the old guys Tramadol which helps with various aches and pains.
 

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Re: 8 yr old w/hd, HELP NEEDED - UK members!

Quote:Why did you stop giving Jess the glucosamine?
My understanding is that the amount of glcosamine that used to be in his dog food had been working, but then they changed the formula, removing it. Not sure what his vet recommended to replace (or not). I know here in the USA the vet stuff can be expensive.

Anyone from the UK have a dog with hip problems that knows where to good a good supplement he can try? And is Rimadyl something recommended (or not?).

Hey JohnW, do you have any photos of your pup so we can see if he needs to maybe get a few pounds off? That is a HUGE help.

I know I use the Joint compound with Omega fats and glucosimine from Nupro, not sure if that's available over there. (hm, check This site )

Make sure you get the kind with the SILVER label for the joint mix

 

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Re: 8 yr old w/hd, HELP NEEDED - UK members!

Thank you all for you comments and advice. I don't seem to be able to insert a picture of Jess - could you please tell me how to do this? I do think she is a little over weight and is on a diet but she is not exessive. I have also been told not to exercise Jess for long periods - I have now been told to walk her three times a day but only for about 10-15mins - does this sound right to you?

Thanks for the site to try Maggieroselee
 
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