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Looking for all options, I know the xray is not the best.

Left side (right) is not great and makes a clicking sound. This is a 6 month old puppy.

We started Glucosamine/Chondroitin, heavy doze as well as 5 treatments of ichon.

Should we look into TPO before it's too late? Anyone had a dog live a normal life with such hips?

Puppy is showing no signs of pain, runs fast, jumps onto everything and I have to lower him down.

Thank you for all and any feedback.
 

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Crickets? I am pretty much in panic mode as I have no idea what I am looking at and the vet just told us to use supplements. He did not even say how bad this is.
 

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I can't read an X-ray to save my life, but there are plenty here that can. Hang on and someone will see this and give you their opinion.


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I think that I have looked at every picture and every xray on the internet at this point :( I will be calling around tomorrow to see if i can send this to a specialist and ask about TPO. The surgery sounds terrifying, but the success rate is comforting.
 

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I left the vets office more lost than when I walked in. All he said was there is 30% coverage on one side try supplements, but I don't think you need surgery. That was pretty much it. I guess i was in too much shock to ask proper questions.
 

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personally i would not rush to treat a 6 mo old pup that is showing no pain
keep her lean and do supplements for sure
 

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The only reason I thought surgery is because TPO is a cure for HD. (90% success rate and it can only be done to puppies. But at the same time, I have no idea if this is that bad, or could it improve with proper care.
 

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yeah i honestly dont know either
like you said a specialist possibly but also i would get at least 2 opinions if you can do so
 

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I can see it is not good, but I don't know at what point or age surgery is recommended. I would get a referral to a specialist. My guess would be that what we see here is not something that can improve with age, they're definitely not going to ever pass.
 

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The age throws me off. I know they are looser when they are young and I am used to looking at them from 2 year plus dogs. Not an expert, myself.

I would talk to an ortho vet perhaps if your vet is lost but there does not appear to me to be a lot of muscle there and maybe some work to improve muscle mass (walking up hill, walking in chest high water is actually better than swimming but swimming is good), sit to stand etc. Anything and everything you can do to get the muscles to seat the heads will reduce wear and tear without putting abnormal side stresses on the joints.

Pup needs to be on glucosamine of some sort as well! Normal life?. I have seen and had dogs with terrible x-rays have a normal life but anything and everything you can do to pull the heads into the sockets and prevent remodeling is a plus.
 

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The age throws me off. I know they are looser when they are young and I am used to looking at them from 2 year plus dogs. Not an expert, myself.

I would talk to an ortho vet perhaps if your vet is lost but there does not appear to me to be a lot of muscle there and maybe some work to improve muscle mass (walking up hill, walking in chest high water is actually better than swimming but swimming is good), sit to stand etc. Anything and everything you can do to get the muscles to seat the heads will reduce wear and tear without putting abnormal side stresses on the joints.

Pup needs to be on glucosamine of some sort as well! Normal life?. I have seen and had dogs with terrible x-rays have a normal life but anything and everything you can do to pull the heads into the sockets and prevent remodeling is a plus.

Thank you for the feedback. I don't need to pass OFA, this is a pet, or my kid, just want a good life for the dog.

It's funny that you say there is not enough muscle, his favorite thing to do is zoomie and chaise the ball in the yard, alot... all day! I don't have to even toss the ball.
 

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I am just going on how much muscle the x-ray caught. And this is a puppy so not sure....Seeing the actual dog is better (and feeling the muscle). I am working on adding muscle to my own dog who is OFA good but the one side is a little looser than I would like to see. He runs a lot.
 

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Thank you for all the feedback. Looking for more feedback from surgeons to see if TPO is an option. I had breeders tell me that they seen such hips before and dogs turned out to live a normal life, but we are clueless and scared.
 
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