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Hi there just want to know a bit of info... I have grown up my whole life with gsds and have never had this problem before... My wee pup is 6 months and as he seemed to be whining alot getting up and down I booked him straight in to see a vet... He was given an xray... The vet said it was hip dysplasia and the vet told me it was the worst case he has seen in a pup ever. 馃槶.. Now I have to wait 4 months nt walkin my dog and trying to keep his weight down to help ease pain... Am truly heartbroken as when looking into it it cost 拢9000 or more for the double hip replacement... My insurance wud only cover 拢2000...soo gonna be a struggle with saving as am a single parent with 2 children... But I know in the long run this would be the best option... But if I can't afford it... It doesn't mean I have to get him put down?! 馃... He is on an anti-inflammatory atm but don't know what else to expect as have to wait 4 months... But are there any other options as my gsd is part of my family and I held out so long to find the right one... I dnt want to have to face that choice... Any info regarding the issue and what can be done to help would be 100% appreciated... Many thanks
 

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Have you contacted the breeder--if so what did they say about the parents and your dogs litter mates---has any one else contacted the breeder about their pup and hip dysplasia??....I find it hard to wrap my brain around a 6 month old having issues at that age ....it hasn't been that many years ago that vets wouldn't make HD call until the dog was 1&1/2 to 2 years old.......if I was you I'd seek a secopnd opinion from a ortho specialist of your choice....just wondering if something else is going on......let the "specialist" look at these x-rays that your vet says are the worst he's seen in a pup....I'm nobodies "expert" on x-rays but there are some pretty sharp folks here---if u can post some pics of the x-rays--I'd like to see them
 

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Well the vet did say they normally can't determine till they are older but all signs show it... Here's the xray tho.. And was considering going to another vet to see if they wud say the same... Soo mite be an option thank you
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Well the vet did say they normally can't determine till they are older but all signs show it... Here's the xray tho.. And was considering going to another vet to see if they wud say the same... Soo mite be an option thank you View attachment 558273
Also cannot get a hold of the seller or any other buyers but I am for putting up a post with relevant information to warn others to check their pups are OK and not to buy from that breeder
 

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indeed. those hips look pretty awful. no amount of aging or x ray positioning is going to change that. my heart hurts for you. i've had 1 gsd with HD but not this young or this extreme. sorry i don't have answers.

edit: i've also not dealt with health insurance... but seeing as tho they wouldnt being replacing both hips at the same time - would it be possible to schedule them (i think its usually) 6 months apart but in different calendar years, that way you'd get ins to pay $2k for each?
 

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Wow ...they really don't look good .....i know the growth plates don't usually close until 1 to 1 & 1/2 years old but i doubt you'll see a lot of change your pup simply doesn't have much of a "socket" in his hip...complete hip replacement may not be your only option but it will be the most expensive ....again I'd get another opinion from a "specialist" just to get all my options....
 

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Pain in dysplastic dogs doesn't necessarily correlate with what hips look like on x-rays. Some hips look mildly dysplastic and the dog is in severe pain and some hips look terrible and the pain is tolerable. I agree that the dog looks like he doesn't have much of a hip socket.
 

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Am in Northern Ireland (UK) just want to know my best options
If you were on mainland UK, I would have been able to recommend the top orthopedic surgeon. The hips are bad unfortunately but I would find an orthopedic vet and have them evaluate the hips so that they can suggest the proper cause of action.

It maybe worth shopping around different vets and seeing how much they charge.

I have a young adult with HD, so I know how you feel.

For the time being, watch the weight and gentle exercise. I know you are probably on lock down but find out if there is a canine hydro therapist that you can take the pup to?

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If you were on mainland UK, I would have been able to recommend the top orthopedic surgeon. The hips are bad unfortunately but I would find an orthopedic vet and have them evaluate the hips so that they can suggest the proper cause of action.

It maybe worth shopping around different vets and seeing how much they charge.

I have a young adult with HD, so I know how you feel.

For the time being, watch the weight and gentle exercise. I know you are probably on lock down but find out if there is a canine hydro therapist that you can take the pup to?

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Thanks again... Also I know of a woman that does hydro therapy so I will be contacting her although everywhere I have read states mild and gentle exercise... My vet has suggested no exercise at all for next 4 months?!.. But I will defo look into hydro treatment... Thanks again
 

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Thanks again... Also I know of a woman that does hydro therapy so I will be contacting her although everywhere I have read states mild and gentle exercise... My vet has suggested no exercise at all for next 4 months?!.. But I will defo look into hydro treatment... Thanks again
Most hydrotherapists work by veterinary referral, so they will be working with your vet as to how much movement and manipulation they can do with your pup.


Orthopedic vet on N.I

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Dogs with compromised hips rely so much on good muscle tone for mobility... I鈥檇 be nervous about no exercise for that period of time, as well as weight gain.

2nd opinion with ortho definitely! As soon as you can make it happen.
 
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