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    Hello: I am new to Just Labradors so I don't even know if I am posting in correct place. My lab, Emmy is 9 days post-op of a hip surgery DPO. She was diagnosed with severe right hip dysplasia. This is her second procedure as the plate and screws came out of the bone due to her young age of 7 months. Has anyone had this surgery for their dog? I was told crate only for 2 months while the bone mends together under sedation. I need to hear positive success stories. Please?

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    Poor Emmy.

    She was diagnosed with severe Hip Dysplasia at 7 months old?
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    Yes. When I had her spayed at my regular vet they X- rayed her. I was so shocked. My regular vet recommended a specialist to get consult. Diagnosed with hind limb gait abnormality due to bilateral hip laxity/subluxation. I took her to an orthopedic and sports medicine for dogs. The surgeon too, showed me her films of the femur not seated correctly . He recommended the Triple Pelvic Osteotomy which can only be done up to 10 months of age. This procedure aims to improve her dorsal acetabular rim coverage , increasing the load transmission through the hip. Although, she was not lame; she did not walk right. Had trouble climbing steps, or getting into SUV. I decided to try this procedure now to avoid the pain she would have shortly. She would have to have a total hip replacement down the road. Weighed the options and had it done. However, the first surgery the force of the bone , plate, and screws on her soft bones since she was a puppy, they pulled out. Hence, another surgery. We love trail walking and I have had a Lab very disabled at 6 years old. I don't know if it is from her large frame/bone mass, or bad breeder. Regardless, I love her and what ever I can do to make her life good I will try.

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    That's tragic. Have you been in touch with the breeder?
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    I am sorry. Poor wee girl. I don't have advice, but wanted to say daunting thought 8 weeks in a crate.
    We are 6 weeks post TTO (ACL rupture) and told 8 weeks crate so the plates and screws settle and everything mends and scare tissue grows to help support the joints. I have a HD dog and he has never been able to hike so understand.
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    Sorry you have to deal with this. A zillion years ago, my first lab had severe hip dysplasia at about that age. It was long before the surgeries we have today but the vet did have do a pectinial myotomy at 10 mos. It worked wonders. He always ran funny but he didn't have real pain from it until he was 10 or 11. Sorry there is no advice but good luck.

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    Hi Big Brown Dog..cute name Yes, I have contacted the breeder. He washes his hands of her. I should have not purchased her from him. We just had an instant attraction..well.you know how that can be. He is a duck hunter, mother on premise in outdoor kennel. Emmy was a litter of 11 mostly female. She was the largest of the litter mates. He had AKC papers, hips x-rayed; I thought everything would be fine. I was grieving over my 11 year old chocolate lab having a massive tumor and putting him to sleep On Emmy: My hometown vet said"it's a crapshoot" with HD even with the parents x-rayed they can still throw a bad puppy. As, a person whom wanted to stay in touch with the people that has his puppies; all of the sudden that changed.

    Do you know when a puppies bones harden? This plate and screws will stay in. We go Monday to get staples and suture out and cold lazer therapy for sciatica of the thigh and paw. She doesn't have full use of her paw yet and rolls it over when voiding. Praying the plate and screws have not pulled out. I walk her with a sling under her abdomen to keep her from falling. She wants to move fast and she can't. She stays sedated all day and I massage her and put ice packs on the staple line. It feels good to get all this out here to all you lab people. Thanks for listening

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    Thanks rayluckgoo ...Was your first lab large-boned? Emmy is 60 pounds at 7 months.

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    He was on the small side for a male. He never got over 70lbs. You're right about doing everything right and still getting HD. We have a 6 year old now, both parents had all their clearances, Dad was a champion, mom shown and did well as a young dog and Jackson has moderate HD. Jackson is a Canadian Champion and we found this out doing health clearances hoping to use him as a stud dog. He has yet to show any symptoms though. Can't be sure, but thinking it might be because he's been on glucosamine/chondroitin since he was young. Our vet said "can't hurt, might help." When the worst of your ordeal is over, I'd ask your vet about it. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EmmyGirl View Post
    He had AKC papers, hips x-rayed; I thought everything would be fine. My hometown vet said"it's a crapshoot" with HD even with the parents x-rayed they can still throw a bad puppy.
    AKC papers mean nothing except the dog is purebred. Did the breeder actually send the dam's x-rays to OFA or did a local vet read them and say they were okay? CHD is about 10% in our breed. So unfortunately you didn't beat the odds when you chose your puppy. I've bred two OFA Excellents and have still gotten a dysplastic puppy. The x-rays tell us that the parents don't have the problem, but it's not a gene test to tell us that they don't carry the gene to pass it along. It's the only tool we have right now and it's not 100% as you know.

    Lab puppies reach full maturity at about 14-18 months. That is when their growth plates close. Continue to follow your vet's instructions to the letter and you should be ok. The pup is going to feel her oats and try to do too much. You as her human need to realize that and do your best to keep that from happening.



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