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we have just had a firm diagnosis today of moderate left hip dysplasia. Dog is 2, and really well in himself. very sporadic and intermittent limp for a few hours once a month or so, but probably does bunny hop more than this. Never appears to be"in pain" or limit his exercise

Vet gave us basically no info and has referred us to a specialist (we are uk)

I'm sure this has been done to death already but just wanted to start our own thread for anyone who has any advice.

Ive done a lot of reading but its more personal stories or any tips that anyone has. Has anyones dog been diagnosed with moderate HD at 2 and still had a good few conservative years? Cost isn't an problem as we are fully insured and would do anything for this dog! already on supplements and hydrotherapy. is there any hope?

if anyone has any recommends -is there a hip specialist in uk? we have been offered generic tertiary centre who we haven't been that impressed with in the past! would just appreciate any replies as feeling a bit lost.
 

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I had a dog with severe HD. Kept her lean and active and she lived to almost 12 years. What caused her the most problems was spondylosis that limited her mobility as she got over 10.
 
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My first dog, a Bouvier mix, was diagnosed with moderate HD. I had him x rayed at 1.5 years old to make sure he could handle biking with me. I too was devastated by the news but the vet told me to keep him in this good condition as the muscle will support the joints. That was the reason he didn't show any symptoms. We took him on bike vacations and (almost) daily bike trips. He lived healthy and happy until he died of kidney cancer at the age of 11 and ran with me until a few months before his cancer diagnoses. Enjoy your dog, don't despair as you don't want to cloud these beautiful years with worrying about him. You know he doesn't.
 

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When I had Sabi xrayed at 3.5 years her vet was devastated. Said she had some of the worst hips he had ever seen. Apparently no one sent Sabs the memo though:smile2:. At almost 10 I think, I retired her from full time work and she lived to nearly 13. I lost her to DM, hips never really bothered her. I did do acupuncture, one full round of twice a week for 8 weeks and then follow ups if she seemed stiff. She loved the treatments so I would assume that they worked. But for any future dogs it would be my go to before anything else. I also took her swimming once a week in her later years and the only caution I have is that it can be brutally hard to dry them thoroughly and if the weather is cold a wet dog is not what you want. I am in Canada though, so a bit nastier climate then yours.
 

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I've owned several dogs with moderate HD. They lived long, happy, active lives. This isn't something to be devastated over -- so many worse things to worry about! I know it's scary, but it's not cancer, spinal deformities, or untreatable neurologic conditions. So hug your dog and decide you're going to just give it the best live you can -- chances are that it will be a very good, long, and happy one!

I have good friends who own a dog with hips that their vet describes as the worst she's ever seen -- terrible! That dog is now a senior, and she's still active. She's lived a very good life without any physical limitations.

In my opinion, the right approach is synergistic:

(1) Start Adequan therapy as soon as you know. Don't wait for arthritis! It lubricates the joints and preserves cartilage, so it delays joint degeneration. It buys many dogs lots of good, pain-free years. It requires a loading dose (2 shots per week for 4 weeks) plus maintenance doses (probably monthly in a young dog, then every other week as a senior).

(2) Develop a smart, thoughtful food and supplement regimen focusing on anti-inflammatory effects and building lean muscle. Never, ever let your dog get fat!

(3) Start an appropriate exercise regimen to keep the hips and core strong. My vet's view is to listen to the dog and go for as long as it feels good -- find hills to climb together, swim, walk and hike. Avoid jumping, jarring activities -- just as in people, low-impact, regular exercise keeps arthritis at bay.

Dogs that get all three tend do far better long-term than dogs who just get pain meds or supplements alone. Many of them end up never being symptomatic until old age!

We always have to remember to focus on the dog and its quality of life, not the x-ray. Dogs that have only mild HD in an xray can end up lame early. Dogs with severe HD (like my friend's dog) can have virtually no limitations on activity or pain until old age. So don't assume your dog is in for a terrible life!
 

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Also chiming in, my first GSD was diagnosed HD around 3.5 years old (progressed quickly,very noticeable too) but she lived to 12 years old and was a wonderful dog, the best I've ever had and probably ever will have! All this advice your getting sounds great and I wish all the best for you!
 

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My Hans is 7 now. There years ago, when he was neutered, we had his hips X-rayed just to see, and the vet was shocked.
Terrible hips, terrible elbows.
However, the vet said had she not seen the films, she never would have known, because he moves so well.
I have always kept Hans slim.
On the treadmill or on long walks, he seemed to drag his feet after a little while, and now we had our explanation. The vet suggested no more treadmill, no more long walks, just let him self-regulate his exercise, and, of course, keep him slim.
We did try supplements, but all they did was mess up his stomach and skin, so now we feed him a good diet and he is doing well.
 

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I have had two dogs with severe HD. One was naturally lean and the other was always beefy, Rott like in build. We let them self limit on exercise and both dogs lived to be 13.
 
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