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    So Keira had Xrays done on her hips for the first time. I have known they are bad since she was about 18 months old but never had them xrayed.
    But she hurt her right side recently (her right side is her "good" side) and so I decided it was time to actually see what they were like, it means the Chiro Vet has a better idea of what she is working with etc as well. We were also concerned about her spine and upper back because of the fact she over compensates for her rear end by using her front end too much. So she had a full body xray pretty much.

    So this is a normal dogs hip xrays, no displasia.

    And this is Keira's hips

    It is hard to compare greatly as Keira's legs are not in the same position, the reason for this is because her legs physically cannot go into the position that the normal dogs hips can.
    As you can see her left side hip, the cup of the joint is almost non existent and the ball doesn't sit anywhere near in the joint.
    The right side on its own would be classified as severe displasia.
    Poor baby her right side still wasn't in the best shape even after 4 weeks and several treatments because she cannot compensate for it and use her other hip, but she came out of the xrays with some crazy muscle spasms caused by the minipulation of her body to get the xrays.

    It is crazy that she gets around as well as she does on these hips. Her back isn't in terrible shape but it isn't great. Our biggest fear is one of her disc's may blow down the track and that could cause severe pain or even paralysis.

    So basically we will just keep doing what we have been doing. Ie: chiro, acupuncture, swimming, massage, diet, dietary supplements and hope that she doesn't deteriorate too quickly. She is so stoic, I can't even imagine her not being her crazy bouncy self.

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    They are not good results, but dogs are amazing, they compensate and adjust and modern medicine can help them live a long and happy life.

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    such a difference
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    Oh Wow. Hugs and paws to keira - at least now you know exactly what has to happen for her to be at her best, and you will be able to spot the change in her behaviour straight off when she's not at the top of her game, and why, and be able to take appropriate action.

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    Wow, wow and wow...I am surprised she gets around like you say she does......Katy has a very low level of HD.....Some Breeders would even still breed from her, but we won't. I will not complain now after seeing Keira's. She must be one tough girl.......Right hip does not look too good either and she has osteophytes growing on her left side, trying to compensate.

    I am very lucky as the Radiologists always go through all the x-rays we get taken with me and they are always so interested.......I have worked in Radiology for about 20 years now so I feel quite comfortable with looking at them myself too

    How are her stifles (knees)?

    If you want any info on HD, I have a really good site..I have been very busy studying it since one of my other newfies was thought to have it.

    Also have you thought about Stem-cells.....there is a vet in melbourne, Ray Ferguson, who has done quite a lot with great pain relieving success...but I am not sure what the criteria is and I am sure there must be some
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    Ouch....thats gotta hurt a bit. She must be tuff !! Hope she's doing OK.


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    Oh my Keira's got great spirit and a caring human, to help her over life's hurdles...
    “All his life he tried to be a good person. Many times, however, he failed. For after all, he was only human. He wasn't a dog.”
    ― Charles M. Schulz

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    Here is the site anyway.thought someone might be interested

    Orthopedic Foundation for Animals: Hip Dysplasia

    Great comp pics........

    Was she sedated during the x-rays...she looks very tense
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    Oh poor Keira That is a massive difference. She is very lucky she has you as an owner and not someone who doesn't give a toot.

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    Newfie - She was sedated, but being on her back and with an injury to her right hand rear end she was probably sore and her muscles were spasaming so that may be why she is tense.

    Her left knee is arthritic, she had surgery to fix LP in that knee at 10 months. (Damn vet didn't even realise she had HD, which was what in fact had caused the LP in the first place!). But her knees are the only area we didn't actually xray to be honest, she was more concerned about her hips and back.

    She ran me through the xrays but a lot of it was mumbo jumbo to me, I find the hips easy enough but the spine is hard. I can post the spinal xrays too if you are interested Newf?

    Actually this particular vet (Animal Options) are a Chiro Vet and they do offer the stem cell injections and I have seen the results of one of their treatments on a friends dog, it was quite amazing how much more pain free he seemed, he was acting like a puppy (and he is almost 9). I am not sure if she is a candidate for it, it hasn't been mentioned.
    I am going to take her back up to the Vet we call the White witch and try to get a hip brace organised, we talked about getting her one last year but it didn't eventuate, but I am thinking she could really do with it now to offer her more support.

    Thanks for the site Newf I will check it out!

    She is a very tough dog, it is amazing how well they deal/adapt to things like this especially when they are born with the problem.
    No wonder she is reactive to other dogs, who wouldn't be with such shit hips and so much pain.
    In saying that, last night she met Alan through the crate and she was freaking adorable! She was so happy to see him and was play bowing at him and zooming around my room.

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