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  1. #21
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    Hi,

    I have a beautiful Mastiff x (sam in my sig picture) and he was diagnosed with advanced hip dysplasia when he was 18months old. It was devestating at the time because we were told he would have a shorter than normal life and on medication for most of that as well.

    There are treatments available. I use a combination of Sasha Blend treats and Metacam anti inflammatory (more so in winter when he gets stiff and sore). They also have an experienmental surgery running at the Kur-ring-Gai vet hospital where they use stem cells from fat and transplant them into the sockets to help regenerate the area. It hasnt had a surgery yet that hasnt shown some sucess, however the minimum rate is around 12%. I imagine it would be quite expensive however.

    As well, we were told to exercise him using water based activities or light walking. Try not to throw balls and toys as much as it jar's the joints.

    It is a horrible thing to hear, especially in such a young pup but there is hope. And your dog still has some growing to do so I would ask for a repeat xray when they are closer to maturity to determine the extent again.

    HTH and all the best

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    Took Deebo to a specialist yesterday and the findings were pretty bad,
    He said Deebo had severe hip laxity, moderate osteoarthrosis in his right hip and early secondary osteoarthrosis in the left hip. He said the angle of the femoral head (ball of the joint) was starting to straighten out a little when they should actually meant to curve in more toward the hip he said its probably because his joints have never really been in place to start with.
    He found that there was some muscle wastage on the lame left side.

    Because of the damage already done to the hips and the angle of the joints changing he said that Deebo would not be a suitable candidate for any corrective osteotomy's as however they would try to adjust the hip over the top of the ball there would be a very good chance of them to just pop right back out again.

    He gave me a conservative management approach

    - Keeping Deebo's weight down
    - Having him on a controlled exercise programme, which is 2 x 10 minute leash walks a day increasing 5 minutes a week till I reach 40 minutes a day.
    - Putting Deebo on Carprofen
    - and pretty much doing what I already have been.

    He says the Radiographically the right hip is a lot wosre than his left hip but the left side is showing more clinical signs.
    He said that we are just going to continue walking him and push him through the stage of pain when the hip shows signs on wear the same as the right side and after this stage Deebo may feel comfortable for a while. He says down the track he may feel pain again and at that time we will have to reaccess, whether to look at other ops.


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    Poor little man! I know it's not a good result but I DO think it's good the specialist isn't pushing you into surgery that may not work. Best of luck with Deebo, I can't offer any advice, but my thoughts are with you!

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    Poor Deebo, I hope you are able to cope with the conservative management and that it helps!

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    Cartrophen? Seen some great management with that, Obie.

    Aw heck, I know this isn't what anyone likes to hear (results I mean.)

    All the best to you and Deebo.

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    OK, time for alternative therapy.

    1) Glyde is a MUCH better product than Sacha's blend. More expensive but it works, believe me. Will take about 2 months to kick in because it is cooked green tipped muscle at high heat. $110 - $120 per tub which will last about 3 months. So get to the vet and get this.
    2) In the meantime while waiting for the Glyde to take effect, get him on Paw Osteosupport - another vet product. $40-$50 for a tub of 80 tabs. This is crushed green tipped muscle and will take effect in about 2 weeks. Once the Glyde has taken effect, flick the Paw.
    3) mix his daily food intake with a heaped tablespoon of chemical free chicken carcess - daily. It is fattening but the bone in it will help his bones so cut out some kibble to balance
    4) Aloe Vera juice from the supermarket - mix a good splash every day in his food, full of vitamin C and calcium.

    I am confident in this concoction because when I brought Noah home to Melbourne at 5 months, he had one hip well on its way to a total hip replacement and the other not so bad but not great either. 4 months on this mixture and his hips came good, no kidding! Obviously I can't guarantee for you, but hey its worth a shot.

    I also keep Metacam in the fridge for emergancies (SHAR PEI fever mainly) I am loathe to use it as it is reputed to shorten a dogs life, and also you have to be very careful of other meds while on metacam, not sure about Cartrophen, but I suspect they wouldn't mix because of the anti inflammitary properties within the Cartrophen.

    Can't recommend the Glyde enough!!!!! You could also try to purchase both the Glyde and the Paw Osteo support over the internet.

    BEST OF LUCK!!!!! Thinking of you!
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    Im sorry that the specialist news wasn't good hun

    good luck with conservative management, lots of hugs going your way too.

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    Did they tell you anything about putting a hip implants?
    Respect and you shall be respected. Animal is always right.

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    I am so sorry but he is in great hands with you and the vet.

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    I'm sorry to hear the results.

    You can only do what you can do. Many dogs live with HD with a pain management system that suits the individual.

    Dogs live in the here and now and have a tolerance that is amazing, if they didn't they wouldn't live with us.

    Please let us know how he goes and what options you follow etc, I am very interested.

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