Schatzi, my 22lb 7 month old mixed breed, was diagnosed with hip dysplasia today. Lately (within the past week) she has been reluctant to get up after lying down and was clearly sore, so I brought her in to the vets to be x-rayed. X-rays confirmed what I was afraid of, so now we're starting her on Synovi-G for glucosamine, Metacam for pain, and rest for a week, and then we'll see where to go from there. Has anyone had any experiences with hip dysplasia? What should I expect, and what should I do to make Schatzi more comfortable, both in the short and long term? My vet doesn't think that Schatzi needs surgery at this point. I trust my vet, but I'd like to get a second opinion from a specialist. I should have asked the vet for a referral, but I was in so much shock that I didn't even think to ask until after we left. Any advice would be appreciated. I was hoping that 2008 would be a better year for us, but it doesn't seem to be going that way right now.
No experience with HD, but we have had surgery on one dog for ED. At this point, sounds like you are on the right path with supplements, pain meds and rest. Later on if you can find a way to do more swimming than running as an exercise, that will be good. You might even ask the vet about monthly Adequan injections if it gets too mad. It's just a super dose of glucosamin that helps alot of dogs.
Sorry to hear about your dog's HD. I have never had to have HD surgery done on any of the three dysplastic dogs I have had. Often when they are going through a growth spurt they are more uncomfortable then it resolves. I've had dogs with severe HD that you would never suspect the hips were that bad from looking at the dog. Keep your dog trim and fit -- the hip joint is more than just bone but also muscle, ligaments, etc. The glucosamine/chondroiton will be helpful. I would only use pain meds for short periods of time (can cause intestinal/liver problems long-term and yours is a young dog). Acupuncture has done wonders for my dogs when they were uncomfortable and after the initial couple of treatments they didn't have to go very often at all (sometimes not even every 6 months).
Deb H. www.dunnsmarshlabs.com