Any help would be appreciated, I just took Katie (16 months) in for a check up, she was staring to walk really bad, pulling on her right leg. They kept her and did xrays and informed me that she has a grade 4 hip dysplasia which is not good. They put her on Metacam permanenly, if this does not help then get a specialist for evaluation. Which I'am thinking would be a hip replacement? I really don't know what to do next, the medications does not seem to make her any better, but makes her winy more.
Was this an ortho vet? I would see an ortho vet about this.
♣ Laura ♣
Ditto, do not hesitate.
Not too sure they said a specialist, maybe? I guess I should get the evaluations done but make sure it is an ortho vet?
I really don't want her to live on drugs all her life.
Yep - you need to consult with an orthopedic surgeon. I wouldn't waste any more money on regular vets or x-rays. There are a lot of options now for hip dysplasia, especially since you caught it so early.
Grade 4 is a new term to me and I breed. Is this in the US??? OFA uses mild, moderate or severe to describe HD, but Grades 1-3 to describe elbow dysplasia.
I too would not hesitate to take her to a specialist. -Anne
WindyCanyon Girls, August 2014
I have a dog with elbow dysplasia, and, ditto what others said, you need to see an orthopedic vet for problems like HD and ED.
What others said take her to a ortho vet. My pup was diagnosed with severe HD by a ortho vet at 9 months and it was hard to take. He gets Glucosamine every day lots of low impact exercise. He seems to be OK, he can't keep up with the other dogs when running, but he is one of the happiest dogs I've ever seen. He has learned to deal quite well. I keep him thin, which is difficult for a lab. Good Luck and try to pick a good Doc.
I agree with seeing an ortho.
There are natural supplements that can be given for pain - rather than synthetic. I too wouldn't want my pup on pain meds for life.
If the ortho confirms the dysplasia and surgery is not an option go to www.dogaware.com and look under the arthritis section for natural supp. such as Vit. C, DLPA, etc.
Natural can take time to work - sometimes 30+ days.
Good luck and keep us posted.