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Tomorrow we have an appointment to have our 5 month old German Shepherd puppy euthanized. I cannot believe this has happened. She has severe Hip Dysplasia and is in tremendous pain.

If we had the money for a hip replacement ($4500) I would do it - but we don't and also can't afford the credit either. The breeder will pay $1500 toward the surgery since that is what she cost, but that isn't even half.

Our vet said we could try to manage on pain medication but she is 5 months old and already in tremendous pain. She doesn't act like a puppy - she just wants to lay around and she falls all the time and just screams in agony. I cannot stand this and I am torn to pieces thinking about losing her, but I know in my heart that I do not have a choice. My vet is great and even he said she is in so much pain that this is what he would do.

Please says prayers for us - this is just awful!
 

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Wow I am so sorry! I have a 4.5 month old. I've only had him for 2 months and I'm so attached. I cannot even imagine what you are going through. My heart goes out to you and your pup :(
 

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Oh, how awful for you and your family. I am so sorry.

You are a very strong and kind person to let this dog go in peace. I think you are doing the right thing. It's certainly not the easy thing, but you are doing right by your poor puppy.

Peace and strength to you.
 

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There is a surgery called an FHO. It may be cheaper/cost of your breeder donation. That is great of them by the way. Do you have a picture of the xrays? ETA - just saw you do - I am going to look at them.

Feel free to PM me. I volunteer in rescue and cannot make any promises but may be able to help.

ETA - sent you a PM with some details and information. Please take care and I hope that allows you to postpone the appointment.
 

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You are in my thougths and prayers. I am so sorry.
 

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Unfortunately, even the most promising breedings can throw HD....that your breeder offered a full refund towards the surgery is very responsible....even if it is not enough...

Putting them down is horrible and depressing and devastating....but if the surgery is truly out of reach, then it is better than watching your beloved pup suffer...I knew someone who had a youngster whose leg would pop out as he moved around the house and I saw the screaming thrashing response....there were so many things wrong with that poor dog that it was the kindest thing to do...

I am so sorry..... {{{hugs}}}

Lee
 

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I'm so sorry for what you and your baby are going through. In situations like this it's difficult to do the kindest thing since that means taking so much pain on your shoulders. Know that your kindness to and love for your puppy will be repaid tenfold by the next dog lucky enough to have you as a guardian.

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I posted in your other thread, but I'll repeat here.

I wouldn't be to hasty with a 5mth old to count her out..I first would seek out the opinion of an ortho surgeon over a vet.

Not saying your vet is wrong, but I would want a more expert opinion .

I'm rather surprised that the breeder is willing to chip in 1500 when the puppy was purchased via petland? Very nice of them to do, something you probably would not see very often.

Again, I would see an ortho specialist before I made a decision but of course that's up to you.
 

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Reach out online, so many people will donate to these types of things. :( Poor baby girl
 

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Thanks everyone for the support!!! I bought her from some college kids who bought her from Petland in Dalton, GA. It is Petland that is willing to pay $1500 towards the surgery.
 

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I hope you will take the suggestion of checking with an ortho surgeon.

And I would get that in writing, Petland is NOT the breeder, they are a seller of puppies, nice of them to offer to pay 1500 , but I would want that in writing.
 

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wow, this is like a dog owners worst nightmare, so terrible for you and dog, i am sure you have not made this decision lightly, i am sure it is the best thing for the dog.

really feel for you and yr dog, what else can i say?
 

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I second Jean's suggestion for the FHO. I paid $800 for the FHO for my foster and she did beautifully. She recovered very quickly and was pain free afterwards. It is very often recommended for young dogs.
 

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Wow..... what a tough decision you have to make :( I am sorry you are going through this. I would talk to the surgeon and ask them what they think. If they think there is a good chance the dog will live a normal life, then what the heck give it a chance. If they don't give a very good outcome, it would be better for the pup to go peacefully. I wish you luck on what ever decision you make.
 

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Wait...this isn't an ortho that you saw? Definitely see an ortho first. A vet at my regular vet's office told me my girl needed a hip replacement when it was actually her ACL. It's always best to get the expert's opinion when making a decision like this.

There is another girl on here that had an FHO done on both her dogs hips and they were terrible, basically no socket at all. He recovered well. What Petland is offering should be very close to covering the whole thing.
 

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There is another girl on here that had an FHO done on both her dogs hips and they were terrible, basically no socket at all. He recovered well.
I sent her a PM with a link to the thread. :)
 

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Alabama, my pup had this surgery done at 5 months and 1 yr. My vet is awesome and it was around $2000 in total. Please don't give up on your pup. If the breeder is willing to give you $1500 towards, you can get this done! My vet allows payment arrangements as well. I can send you his info. He is WONDERFUL and my boy is 2 yrs old and doing GREAT now! The surgery also includes EVERYTHING - meds, x-rays, follow up visits, everything. PM me if you're interested. I'm about 6 hours from Nashville, TN.
 
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