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My german shepherd puppy slipped and his hind legs spreaded really wide. After the ship my puppy began to limp so I became concerned and took him to the vet. The vet diagnosised Bolo with Hip Dysplasia. How is that possible when Bolo slipped!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So now I am left with what should I do??????????????????? If he really has HD I cannot afford to pay for surgery and my financial hardship want allow me to apply for a Care Credit Card or any other card for that matter. Someone please advise me on what I should do!!!!!:confused:
 

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I did seek another vet and I got the same results...it's just so very hard to believe because Bolo initially slipped on my floor.
 

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Did they do X-rays?
Definitely. That is the only way to diagnose HD. Also HD is not a reason to freak out - there are varying degrees, and many dogs live their whole lives symptom free. Even if your dog does show symptoms surgery is not the only option.
 

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Hello, yes there were xrays taken. I'm going to pick the x-rays up and post the photos.
 

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I moved your thread out of Loving Memory to Health (Like others are saying, HD is not a death sentence ;) ), and added info to your subject line.

Please, don't panic or freak out! The limping may be un-related to the hips. Once we get to see the x-rays, you'll have a better idea of what you are dealing with. Many dogs have mild to moderate HD, and live full, happy, active, pain-free lives.
 

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My aussie mix was diagnosed with moderate-severe hip dysplasia at 8 months old. My vet did not recommend surgery for her. I keep her thin, feed a good diet, supplement with glucosamine and fish oil, and give adequan injections every 2 weeks. She is an active 8 year old dog and is doing very well. Swimming is an excellent exercise for hip dysplasia.
 

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Thanks. I will continue to give him a good diet because I have his brother also. Also, I will speak with the vet about the injections.
 

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Are you in the US???? Please post the x-rays and let us know where you are....often, you really need a specialist vet and the x-rays need to be read by OFA to determine whether the dog has HD and to what extent....too many local general practice vets are going to jump on the HD bandwagon because it is a GSD....

Lee
 
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