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Thread: Hip Dysplasia Problems - Shiba Inu

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    Dec 2010

    Default Hip Dysplasia Problems - Shiba Inu

    10mth old Suki wasn't acting her normal self (didn't want to play / run / jump etc.) and the vet noticed discomfort in her hips. Yesterday she had some x-rays shows she has quite severe hip dysplasia.

    One side has already developed arthritis which they tell us shouldn't be operated on. The other side is able to have surgery to tilt the pelvis so the joint behaves normally and it would prevent the side from developing any arthritis. The surgery is quite involved, and we would have to keep Suki quiet in a confined area for around 6 weeks.

    The vet said that it's more common in larger dogs to have this problem and they don't commonly operate on smaller dogs. The cost of the surgery isn't an issue because we have private health insurance for her.

    The other option is not to operate, but to give her 4 weekly injections to help the joints and to give her joint vitamins / minerals and medicines to manage her pain / inflammation and make the joint more comfortable.

    We knew that this was a known health issue in Shibas. We were wondering if you've known of any similar occurrences in any other dogs? If so, have any had surgery and how successful was it? Or is it something shibas can live with that wont require surgery? Any information you have that can help us make a decision on whether to undertake the surgery or not would be appreciated. We have to decide within the next week in order to get it done before further arthritis develops.

    Thanks for any help you can provide.

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    Jul 2008
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    What do you mean "they don't do surgery on small dogs"? Please find another vet, this one talks rubbish. The recovery is much much easier for smaller dogs than for giants. You've guessed it - it's the weight. It's much easier to carry small than large body. Also, small dogs can live easier with dysplasia than large dogs, again the weight and body size, so maybe that's why the vet suggested you wait and see.

    As for the decision - well, it depends on a degree of dysplasia and your dog's comfort. Injections may help but it's covering up the problem, not solving it. More so, I believe that problem can get even worse, because if she doesn't feel any pain due to injection, she might play too rough or do some move that can further the damage on her hips/joint.

    It's up to you really, and the condition of your dog. I would seek second opinion just in case.
    Respect and you shall be respected. Animal is always right.

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