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    Hello.. My puppy Cody is very active and i've been taking him to the dog park for a few weeks.. He's been playing very well with all the other dogs.. About a month ago a boxer started playing rough with him.. I took Cody away and when I got home he was limping.. I payed attention to this and thought that maybe he pulled a muscle.. The limping slowed down and you would really only notice it until he would get up from laying down.. I took him to the vet about 3 weeks after the incident and she couldnt find anything wrong with his legs.. She gave us a weeks prescription of Rimadyl.. We gave it to him in the morning and at night as supposed to.. We took him to the vet to get X-Rays a week later and the vet said that he had " hip dysplasia "

    I am very worried about him.. He is 82lbs at 9 months.. The vet says that he could loose 5 pounds or so.. I will make sure that happens.... Has anybody on here ever experienced this with their dog?? What were the results? Any input would be appreciated.. Thank you...


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    I'm sorry I posted this in the wrong section.. Trying to delete but don't know how to..
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    I'm not sure what kind of advice you are looking for. I will say that I am surprised that your puppy is showing symptoms of hip dysplasia at such a young age. Did your vet say they were really severe? Typically puppies have mild hip dysplasia and do not show signs until they are older. I would send the x-rays into OFA for a second (specialist) opinion - it's cheap and easy - www.offa.org

    Advice in general for dogs with HD is to keep them lean, well exercised, give them Cosequin type supplements (glucosamine), and a buffered aspirin if needed.

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    Been there. Done that. Our first lab, Annie, was diagnosed with extremely severe HD at 9 months old. She had absolutely no coverage (bone in socket) in one hip and only about 20% coverage in the other hip. The vet said he had not seen one that bad at such an early age.

    Here's what I would recommend:

    1. Take her to a good university animal hospital. Get the best ortho specialist to look at her. I know you probably like your vet and have full confidence in him/her, but you need a specialist...a really good one.

    2. Forget the 5 pounds. Your dog needs to lose about 15 pounds...maybe more. Your dog needs to be skinny....healthy, but skinny. That is the #1 thing you can do.

    3. Here are the things you do NOT want your dog to do. Well, they can do them, but only a little. If your dog hesitates or balks at any of these activities, do NOT push the or try to get them to do it.

    run
    retrieve
    jump up (on bed, in car)
    walk up or down stairs
    walk on a slippery floor

    Swimming is good for him. If you live up north, find an indoor pool facility. If you life in the south, take him to a lake.

    After you consult with the ortho specialist, he/she might or might not recommend surgery. They will have other options as well. You just have to listen to what they say and weigh the good with the bad. You know your dog the best.

    Good luck. This is a tough one....a really, really tough one.

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    Thank you for the info.. What happend with Annie??
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    Drew, did your vet tell you what degree of hip dysplasia Cody has? I noticed some things very early on that made me think my pup (now 5) might have a problem. We just kept hoping that it was loose puppy joints that would tighten up in time. There was a particular incident when she was playing with another dog (a smaller dog and not hard at all) where she seemed to be lame afterwards.....but I'd also noticed clicking when she walked prior to this. Also she's always had weird gait. I really don't think the Vet was worried and probably just figured I was unneccessarily concerned. Anyway down the line a ways we had her x-rayed and his first comment to me was "well you were right." Even though I noticed these issues when she was very young her hips weren't really bad on the x-ray, but definitely dysplastic. Hip dysplasia (as you probably know) can range anywhere from very mild to severe. Touch wood she's doing pretty well at 5. We're careful about her activities....appropriate exercise, but the right kind of exercise. We don't and never have allowed her to jump from the car etc. and the Vet didn't advise a lot of retrieving....which would involve sliding to a stop......hard on the hips. That's okay because she's not all that interested in retrieving anyway. We've have had her on a veterinary diet specific to joint problems for a number of years and as others have mentioned it's important not to let them get over weight. We weigh her occasionally just to make sure she's still where she should be......not skinny by any means (no ribs showing), but at the same time not carrying any excess fat and definitely on the healthy lean side.

    Did your Vet give you any advice after seeing the x-rays?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CODY4809 View Post
    Thank you for the info.. What happend with Annie??
    She had other problems also....bad allergies and an immune deficiency problem. After talking with the vet and ortho surgeon, we decided to do the surgery on her, both hips at the same time. She was 11 months old.

    Well, after the surgery, infections set in, and with her immune problems, she just couldn't fight the infections and got weaker and weaker. After a few weeks in the hospital, we finally had to let her go. Toughest decision I've ever had to make.

    I don't like telling her story (how we lost her) to people who are or might be contemplating surgery for their dog's HD. It always sounds like the surgery was the culprit. That's not true. If she had have been a healthy dog, she would probably be here with us today. It wasn't her surgery, it was her other health problems.

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    The vet did not say what degree the hip dysplasia he had.. We schedueled an appointment with an orthopedic vet where he is going to be the second opinion... Her only advice was to give him the medicine twice a day and to loose a little bit of weight....

    I've read on a few sites after researching hip dysplasia and they said:

    " Exercise may be another risk factor. It appears that dogs that are genetically susceptible to the disease may have an increased incidence of disease if they over-exercised at a young age. But at the same time, we know that dogs with large and prominent leg muscle mass are less likely to contract the disease than dogs with small muscle mass. So, exercising and maintaining good muscle mass may actually decrease the incidence of the disease. Moderate exercise that strengthens the gluteal muscles, such as running and swimming, is probably a good idea. Whereas, activities that apply a lot of force to the joint are contraindicated. An example would be jumping activities such as playing Frisbee. "

    Now so far on here i've been told to let him run as less as possible... Caught in another pickle now with the two opinions...
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    It does have a genetic component, so do not beat yourself up about it.

    I too had a young boy who had hip dysplasia, and it is heartbreaking to see a dog who wants nothing more than to run, in a crate.

    Do let your breeder know, its important for them to know that there is a problem.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your boy.
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    From what I understand, you can't do anything to actually *cause* the HD. You can, however, do things to aggravate it and make it worse for the dog.

    Let us know what the specialist says. You'll feel better after talking to him/her.

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