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Max is year and half old. I had been curious about his hip since he was 8 weeks old. he doesnt have any problem walking, he doesnt have pain or nothing. Just for my satisfaction i got his x-ray, and vet told me his hips are in bad shape for his age. Vet told me to increase excercise, start him on glucosamine, and keep eye on his weight. He's 100 lbs now. what you guys recommend me to do for his extra care. I love him to death, but i dont have money to get his knee replacement surgery. please give me all info you could to me to provide him a best life possible
 

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I am sorry about your Max. I suggest your take your vet's advice. For the exercise - walking - but not a long 5 mile hike - better to do 3-4 shorter walks daily. For the food - find a good quality kibble and be careful to measue it out - there are several threads on food. For the supplement, a good one, like Nordic Pet Omega or one your vet recommended.
 

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And I suggest if you don't have one already, a good orthopedic pet bed, even if you have carpet.
 

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The vet probably knows something is going on by viewing the x-rays BUT I would submit them to OFA, then you will know what your dealing with for sure.

Do agree with keeping him lean and giving supplements, there are exercises (swimming comes to mind) that can build up the muscle, which is also a good thing.

100 pounds seems large to me but that could just be his build. A 100 pounds on my boy would make him obese but the hundred pounds on my SIL German Shepherd is fine, his structure is just different. If that makes any sense. If he is overweight you will want to trim some of that weight off of him, it puts alot strain on the joints.

There are a ton on dogs with HD that live normal lives.
 

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Definitely gets his weight down. 100 pounds is a lot of weight on those joints.
 

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Definitely gets his weight down. 100 pounds is a lot of weight on those joints.
That's impossible to know for sure without seeing the dog. Some Shepherds are bigger than others, and yes, some are big enough that they should weigh 100 lbs. That may not be the breed standard, but it's the reality of many GSD's out there
 

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Sorry to hear that. I had bad news with my dog before he was two years old. He had to have elbow surgery. He is doing great now. I changed him to a raw diet and he is on Ligaplex 2 and fish oil. I also was told to keep him lean which he already was so that wasn't an issue for me. Swimming is a great exercise so I would try to do that as much as you can.
 

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That's impossible to know for sure without seeing the dog. Some Shepherds are bigger than others, and yes, some are big enough that they should weigh 100 lbs. That may not be the breed standard, but it's the reality of many GSD's out there
The suggestion is to keep the dog lighter than what an individual feels the dog's 'ideal' weight should be. My boy is above standard. He has a leg problem and the vet's advice is to keep his goal weight at 86lb to 92lbs. Yes, he looks thin. But if that keeps him off pain meds, I'll keep him thin.
 

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The suggestion is to keep the dog lighter than what an individual feels the dog's 'ideal' weight should be. My boy is above standard. He has a leg problem and the vet's advice is to keep his goal weight at 86lb to 92lbs. Yes, he looks thin. But if that keeps him off pain meds, I'll keep him thin.
But the problem is there are some gigantic GSD's out there. There shouldn't be GSD's that big, but there is. Chances are this particular dog could easily weigh less than 100 lbs, but there are Shepherds out there weighing 110+ lbs that would be far too skinny at less than 100.
 

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I'd definitely send the films to OFA for starters. We did OFA films on Finn at 2 per our contract and the vet said the films looked bad. We were shocked. OFA came back at Good. If the dog isn't having any problems, I'd wonder if the vet was reading the films correctly. Everyone else gave great advice on how to keep the pain/damage down to a minimum.
 

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My vet told me by looking at x-ray that they are in bad shape, and not really worth sending them to OFA. Should I still send them?? My vet did said that he's weight is fine, but i would like to bring it down to 90 lbs.
 

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For myself, I wouldn't because my breeder's contract for the hips didn't need that - only the vet's x-rays and opinion. So, it would depend if you have a breeder contract and what the requirements are for a refund for HD. For the weight,I would follow my vet's advice . I have a big boy also, and these guys are big - tall and big boned so 100 lbs isn't too much for the giants but is for a regular size gsd.
 

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Swim! You need to keep him lean and tone with low impact exercise. Get him on a good joint supplement. I like Dasuquin w/MSM but it's pricey. There are others out there that are good. Fish oil for inflammation. I would give 1000 mg per 30# body weight so for him 3000-4000 mg. Vitamin E because of the fish oil. Vitamin C - read a study that it help the body process the joint supplements better.
 

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My vet told me by looking at x-ray that they are in bad shape, and not really worth sending them to OFA. Should I still send them?? My vet did said that he's weight is fine, but i would like to bring it down to 90 lbs.
I would, yes, just to be sure, or at least have a specialist look at them. Positioning is also big thing; if not positioned right, the x-rays can come back bad. The way OFA films were explained to me, unless you got a vet who knew what they were doing, the results could come back unfavorable for no other reason than human error.
 
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