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    I couldnt resist buying the little lab X retriever in the pet store, he was all by himself. Bailey is now 5 months and not long ago i noticed his hips clicking when we went out for our walks. so i got it checked out and it wasnt very good news. One week after going to the vet bailey started limping on his left front paw concerned i took him back to the vet which they said could be a sprain. but 2 weeks went passed and he was still limping and his hips werent getting any better so the best option was too get xrays. i did get another opinion from another vetenarian and he said the best option was to go ahead with the xrays because he could feel a little discomfort in bailey's hips, i did the xrays which set me back quite a bit as i am only just starting my first year in university this year. i spoke to the pet store n asked if there was any records from the breeder and they said they werent able to verify that kind of information and they hadnt had any problems before. is it possible that Bailey could have had genetical predisposition to the condition? And would this have needed to be outlined by the breeder/pet store. not trying to point the finger but just want to assess my options before i spend 6,000+ for operations which is going to be a struggle but i know ill do whatever i can for bailey's health. There has to be a way around it. Is dog medication that expensive? we went back today and it wasnt good news, i now have an appointment with a surgeon to find out what he needs, apparently he may need 3 operations. and the vetenarian gave me pain relief tablets which cost $94. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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    Unfortunately these things happen. Most likely Bailey came from a puppy farm where they dont give a sh!t about the dogs health, they only want money. I can fully relate to you, I wouldnt be able to resist a lonely puppy myself, but this is where the whole 'dont buy from pet stores!!' lecture comes in, but you dont need to hear it right now. I would think that since you got this pup you would be able to have the records of the breeder?
    I cant give you anything but sympathy here, just remember to do wahts best for your dog.

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    I'd imagine you wouldn't have much luck getting anything out of the pet shop. Unfortunately that's the risk you take buying a dog that's not been health tested. Their pups come from people who mate x dog with y dog and mum births a litter of pups. They don't health test so these pups could end up with any number of problems, which is unfortunately the lesson you have learnt.

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    Hard lesson to learn but he others are right. He was probably from a puppy mill. It will be your decision only, now, how you proceed, as I do not feel you will get any help from point of sale or the supplier.

    Please give your pup a hug from me.

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    It's highly probable your dog has hip dysplasia.
    As the dog was purchased from a pet shop, and is not a purebred dog bred from screened stock, your chances of any recourse there I believe would be Buckleys and none, I'm sorry.

    See what the x-rays show and what the verdict is after that. Then you will be able to make a more educated decision.

    Yes, it is expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amanda. View Post
    is it possible that Bailey could have had genetical predisposition to the condition?
    Yes. Highly possible.

    Quote Originally Posted by Amanda. View Post
    There has to be a way around it. Is dog medication that expensive? we went back today and it wasnt good news, i now have an appointment with a surgeon to find out what he needs, apparently he may need 3 operations. and the vetenarian gave me pain relief tablets which cost $94. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
    It is that expensive I'm afraid, no Medicare for pets or vets.

    I'm sorry. It could be a very long road ahead of you both.

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    I completely understand how you are feeling. I bought my choc lab from a petstore before I knew any better. He has allergies, severe HD and also ED. He has already had an operation has cost me thousands of dollars in vet bills and the store I bought him from could not care less. I just wanted them to inform the breeder and it was amazing how the manager was never in, could not return a phone call and so on. I love my dog, he is a sweet heart and even with surgery is on various supplements and cartrophen injections. All this and he is only 20 months old.I take him swimming twice a week at an indoor canine swimming pool which has really helped, I dont let him run with other dogs besides my own and carefully monitor how far we can walk without causing any problems.Mostly we try to avoid walking on footpaths but try to walk on grass. We have a long road ahead and so do you. I would suggest you seek the opinion of an orthopedic specialist and make your decisions based on not only what you can afford but whether you can provide the necessary post operative care. It is very important if you want a good outcome.I wish you the best of luck and I am very sorry you are traveling the same road I am.

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    The beauty of buying a dog from unregistered breader. Be prepared to spend a fortune, unfortunately.
    Respect and you shall be respected. Animal is always right.

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    i just wanted to say thank you to everyone that replied to my thread, my dog has been diagnosed with hip and elbow dysplasia. His going to have his surgeries next week and i know he will be okay his a tough nut. but thanks again guys.

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    Aw Amanda. I'm so sorry. All the best to both you and your dog. Hope the outcome is good.

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