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About half a month ago my vet told me that my dog has hip dysplasia and knee problems as well, I was referred to my local specialists and I am going to call next week to make an appointment. Yesterday I was on a store and I saw a person with a dog and we started to talk, but the point is that he started to told me that my dog even with the surgery is not going to do well and he will eventually stop walking and I might have to put him to sleep and man, this dog is like my son and well I am a little bit sad. I tried to look online if the surgery is effective but I don't get any good answer to clear my questions. Is this surgery effective an can guarantee to certain point the wellness of my dog and recovery? He is only a year old and the vet told me to go as soon as possible but that he was young still. Thanks guys =)
 

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omg...do not listen to random strangers. Hip replacements and the alternatives are very successful and dogs live long lives.

First, go to an ortho specialist. They may have a completely different opinion than your vet. Do you have a copy of the xrays? What is wrong with his knees?
 

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omg...do not listen to random strangers. Hip replacements and the alternatives are very successful and dogs live long lives.

First, go to an ortho specialist. They may have a completely different opinion than your vet. Do you have a copy of the xrays? What is wrong with his knees?
I am not sure about the knees, they didn't take any xrays I believe, they did like another test and they say the specialist is the one who is going to take the xrays and give more details. But this paper has a lot of codes I dont understand, maybe to find where the problem is when I get there.
 

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Are you in the U.S or another country?

It's impossible to diagnose HD without x-rays, so I wouldn't worry too much for now. If you can scan the paper with the codes, or take a picture of it and post it here maybe someone will be able to help you figure out what it means.
 

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I am not sure about the knees, they didn't take any xrays I believe, they did like another test and they say the specialist is the one who is going to take the xrays and give more details. But this paper has a lot of codes I dont understand, maybe to find where the problem is when I get there.

Without xrays, they have no way of knowing if your dog has hip dysplasia. Unless it's a PennHip?
 

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Pennhip is xrays as well.

Dont panic yet. Call the specialist, have xrays done, then go from there.

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My mixed breed dog has severe hip dysplasia in both hips, as well as moderate elbow dysplasia. When she was about a year old, she had a total hip replacement done on the worst hip.

She is four years old now, and is doing fantastic. We have her on two different joint supplements. We don't encourage her to do a lot of jumping, and we don't run with her like we do our other dog. But she is allowed to run around our big yard as much as she wants and she gets a two mile on leash walk everyday. We do our best to keep her weight down. She is a very happy girl and does not let her joint issues interfere with anything. I would never, ever consider euthanasia. The hip surgery worked exactly how it was supposed to. She puts more of her weight on the new hip which takes the strain off her other hip.

She is like my child as well, I love her so much. I will keep her around as long as possible!
 
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