We recently found out that our 4 year old red lab (Gander) has pretty severe dysplasia in one hip. He had some stiffness last year after hunting, but this year there was a marked increase in his lameness after a hunting excursion. The vet recommends hip replacement, which is not a financial option for us, or femoral head excision. I have researched these on the net, and the femoral head excision sounds like an awful alternative, and generally recommended for dogs under 45 pounds. The vet said Gander would probably not be "athletic" after this type of surgery. Gander is all heart, and loves to hunt and run like the wind. Is there anyone out there who has personal knowledge of dogs who have gone through this procedure and can share with me the recovery and success of the operation? I hate to think of putting Gander through this, and we are saving it as a last resort. For now we are reducing his weight, although he is not an overweight dog, and are limiting his strenuous exercise. We also started him on Glucosamine a year ago, and recently started him on Ester-C. Does anyone have any experience with vitamin C to treat the symptoms? Any replies would be so appreciated. Thank you.
Not sure about the surgery options, but we thought Big Mac (our chocolate lab pup) had hip displaysia at first, but it turned out to be OCD in his hock instead. However, in researching hip displaysia and talking to a really good orthopedic surgeron, we have come to the conclusion that things such as Glucosamine and other supplement drugs will do no good once the joint has a certain amount of arthritis in it. We were told the best thing you can do is keep the dog as lean as possible and use baby asprin to help with pain as necessary if you are unwilling to do surgery.
I had a dog get hit by a car at 9 years old many years ago. The vet said she could do a femoral head excision but she didn't know how well it would work on a large breed dog but it would be much less expensive. She said it would depend on his will to get up and get moving. For awhile he was pretty pathetic and I thought he wouldn't be able to do it. Within a few weeks another of my dogs chose to attack a couch and I came home to couch all over the house, and not wanting to get blamed, Nickers had got himself up and hid in the bathroom. After that he knew he could and I remember within 6 months he could run and you couldn't tell he had anything wrong. I would say with a 4 year old the prognosis would be better than a 9 year old.
I had an american eskimo that had severe hip dysplasia. I didn't have the money for surgery. I did end up giving him adequan shots and it was very succcessful. He was diagnosed at 6 years and he just passed away from Cushings this past May at the age of 12. I would recommend talking to your vet about adequan shots. I also got some supplements from foster and smith online that seemed to help also.
My 4 year old, Fanny, has it in both hips. Our vet has suggested a replacement on one and the same type surgery as yours on the other, she said she would be fine after it. We aren't in a place right now to do either so we have her on Ascriptin. being 95 pounds she gets 2 a day. They are 325 mg a pill and are coated with Maalox to prevent tummy upsets. I give them to her with peanut butter with no problem, we also use Liverwurst. I also had her on Cosequin but found it didn't do much for her. We have friends that have used a Condoitin supplement for humans that worked great for their dog who had torn ligaments. (one a day) They were told the only option was surgery and not being able to afford it, they tried this and she is fine!
Fanny walks for about an hour a day, running and playing with other dogs, she lies down when she is tired and then gets up and starts all over again. She cannot jump like she used to but has a good bounce going! I don't want her on any presription meds right now but will go that route when necessary.
Good luck with your baby.
Thank you, everyone, for your input. It has been very helpful to hear others experiences with hip dysplasia. For now we are going to monitor the Vitamin C to see if it improves anything. If not, we will try other options, one at a time, with surgery being a last and hopefully much later resort. We are planning to consult with an orthopedic specialist in early November, so that may give us better info than we have right now from our "country vets". God bless dog lovers!
Ernie is four and has serious HD in both hips. Surgey is not an option for him. I have been told the only surgey that is successful is the total hip replacement. Other things can be done, but don't last and they still need medication. When he was first diagnosed he had asprin, but now has Metacam and pentosan injections every 2 or 3 weeks. I held out with medication as long as I could.
Swimming is the best excersise of all. I bought him an above ground pool and he swims 2-3 times a day. For 2 months over Winter he didn't swim and this as well as the cold has made him very stiff and sore. Now Spring is here i hope to get him swimming more.
I was also told no jumping, running round, and no more than 20-30 mins walking a day. If for some reason he has a busy day or plays with other dogs he cries all night. I try to keep him calmer, but he does need to be a dog.
I also give him fish oil, Glucosamine ( a neighbour swears it helped his dog after 3 knee surgerys) and vitamin C. I don't know it any of this helps.
I also bought a sheepskin coat to help with the cold and made a wheat bag pouch. If he seems sore or stiff i put my electric blanket on and let him sleep on the bed. The warmth seems to help.
There is a very good forum on yahoo for hip displaysia.
I read your emails and I am new to this...........my puppy is only 8 months old and he was diagnosed with double hip displaysia today along with torn cruciate ligaments in his knees.......I have an appointment with the orthepedic surgeon tomorrow so I will know more then but when I saw his xrays it broke my heart!!!
He is an English Lab Purebred but my vet said this is congenital and if anyone has any advise I would appreciate it! It was reassuring reading your stories......glad I located this forum!
Here is a pic of Riley at 6 months
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Here is another pic of Riley...my 8 month old yellow lab.......I don't know how else to post pics...I am new to this forum!
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