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We adopted Shelby, our German Shepherd, a little over a year ago from a rescue. She has more food allergies than I can count and has already had to face so many challenges in her short life. Unfortunately, she was just diagnosed with hip*dysplasia*at 2 years old. Our vet has recommended we consider surgical repair and begin meeting with orthopedic surgeons. Shelby rarely shows any symptoms such as pain, slowness getting up from laying position, avoidance of stairs, etc.. In fact, she does not appear to have any limitations at all and outwardly appears to be a normal, happy and healthy dog.*There have been a couple of times where her back left leg has seemed a little sore but the pain has never lasted*very long*and she has never let it slow her down. In addition to the occasional soreness, a couple of weeks ago she slid on some wet grass causing her to limp for a couple hours, but the pain seems to have passed completely*since then.


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How bad do the hips look?**
What can we expect as she gets older?**
Has anyone had a puppy close to this condition at this age?
 

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If you can post the xrays I'm sure there are folks in this forum that can evaluate them...
 

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We adopted Shelby, our German Shepherd, a little over a year ago from a rescue. She has more food allergies than I can count and has already had to face so many challenges in her short life. Unfortunately, she was just diagnosed with hip*dysplasia*at 2 years old. Our vet has recommended we consider surgical repair and begin meeting with orthopedic surgeons.
Questions:
How bad do the hips look?**
What can we expect as she gets older?**
Has anyone had a puppy close to this condition at this age?
I really doubt that anyone would evaluate hip x-rays in an Internet forum even if you were in a forum for veterinarians. And any opinions would just be worth whatever free opinions are worth. Certainly not anything to make major surgery decisions by. I think this is the moment of truth. How far are you willing to go financially for a pet dog?

You really have to decide, do I want to see orthopedic surgeons as the vet recommended and the cost that entails? And when they advise surgery, are you willing to go there?
This is not really that uncommon in GSDs unfortunately. One of my sisters had a shepherd that was told needed hip surgery at around 2 years. They just had to bite the bullet and go for it. Not everyone can since everyone's situation is different so no one will judge you. A 2 year old dog might still have 10 years ahead of her so that is something to consider.
 

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"She has more food allergies than I can count and has already had to face so many challenges in her short life. "
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"outwardly appears to be a normal, happy and healthy dog."

THIS is what you need to focus on.

Food sensitivities = inflammation

get her on some probiotics -- heal leaky gut -- perfect the diet --- add anti inflammatory

promote strong lean muscle --

pictures would be a tremendous help

dietary breakdown a good starting point
 

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Hi @ShelbyPtheGSD - after you make a few more posts you will be able to share links and attach images to your posts.

Feel free to make a few more comments here to get your post count up, and if you need any help sharing images let us know. There are people here who can give you some insight on hip films.
 

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Picture Problems

It won't let me attach pictures! I keep trying! I'm new to this site and don't think it will let me attach photos!

shelby quote
"She has more food allergies than I can count and has already had to face so many challenges in her short life. "
and
"outwardly appears to be a normal, happy and healthy dog."

THIS is what you need to focus on.

Food sensitivities = inflammation

get her on some probiotics -- heal leaky gut -- perfect the diet --- add anti inflammatory

promote strong lean muscle --

pictures would be a tremendous help

dietary breakdown a good starting point
 
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