Hello, I have a 10 month old yellow female who has been displaying all of the classic symptoms of HD ie, bunny hopping, trouble rising, frog sit, etc. We have had her to the Vet for an indepth exam and several xrays. to our surprise the diagnosis was not Hip dysplasia as was suspected but a problem with her spine. Our Vet called it Lumbosacral Stenosis, or otherwise called Cauda Equine Syndrome. Basically the spinal column through which the spinal cord and nerves travel is narrowed causing pinching of the nerves. We were sent home with Metacam and advised to continue with the Glucosamine Chondrotin, MSM supplements. Our Vet was unable to give us any idea of prognosis other than she suspects that she will get worse over time. On the Metacam she is pain free, no limping after exercise or play. I have not been able to find much information on this condition in such a young dog and am wondering if anyone has experience with this condition. Thank you.
I don't have any experience with this problem, but have experience with ortho problems with my girl Scout.* I spent hours searching online for info/links, and reading. I put "Cauda Equine Syndrome - dogs" in a search engine (I used Google) and got links to read.
Try that, and I hope you get more help from other posters here.* My best to you and Miya.
(What about a referral to a specialist - ortho vet?)
I don't have any experience with it either, but maybe chiropractic and/or acupunture would help?
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I am going through something very similar, however I was told that Maddi was showing signs of HD. She has extensive soft tissue damage to her front paw and now this, she is not even 4 months old. I took her to the Ohio State Vet Hosp. last week and was really impressed with the information that I received there. If I can recommend anything, it is to take her to a specialist if you have not done so already. I was really surprised with the advancements that take place and our normal vet was not up to speed with it, I guess that's what happens when you live out in the sticks! I do hope she is not in too much pain and that you are able to get some answers rather quickly. Keep us posted!
Maddi - good advice. Our friend took his lab for a second opinion at Ohio State & they were able to operate & give his lab some flexion & mobility that was not offered here in Pittsburgh. Even though it was a 3 1/2 hr. drive for him, it was well worth the trip.
There are so many new advances & techniques in vet medicine that may be offered at the teaching schools.
You MUST go to a specialist. Not sure where you live, but I can recommend both an orthropedist at the AMC in NYC or at UPENN.
Both are great. Especially Dr. Fusco at AMC or Dr. Gilley at UPenn. Best Drs I have ever been to. No kidding aside.
There could be other treatments and/or corrective surgeries your vet may have no idea about.
Before doiing any alternative treatment, get the second opinion.