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    Unhappy Hip Dysplasia

    I am so upset! My beloved 7 month old Golden Retriever is presently at the vets, having Xrays to determine if he has hip dysplasia in his right hip. I noticed him limping last wednesay, took him to vets on Tuesday (thought it was just a pulled muscle) and told the vet my concerns, so he did the 'Ortolani test', where a 'pop' was felt!

    I have read up about it, and the vet said Jasper may need a Triple Pelvic Osteotomy. Has anyones dog had this procedure?

    I have contacted Jaspers breeder, who is shocked to hear about him, as none of her dogs have ever had it. Just feel so fed up at the moment, as he is such a gorgeous loving Goldie and I want to do what is best for him.

    Can anyone offer advice????
    Last edited by Jasper2011; 08-22-2011 at 10:11 AM.

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    Hi Jasper, You should read up on stem cell therapy. It is a simple 3 hour procedure with amazing results. I have witnessed the procedure and amazed how simple it is. It is designed for hip dysplasia, arthritis, ligaments/tendons etc.

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    I am so sorry to hear about your dog....if Stem cell therapy is available in Australia I would definitely see if my dog was a good patient for this.

    I have only had one older newf with Hip dysplasia due to Oseo arthritis all over her body, every joint. So we only treated her conservatively, with acupuncture and Bowen therapy. But I would also be more pro active with a young dog.

    I hope you find some answers




    Quote Originally Posted by Chuckie View Post
    Hi Jasper, You should read up on stem cell therapy. It is a simple 3 hour procedure with amazing results. I have witnessed the procedure and amazed how simple it is. It is designed for hip dysplasia, arthritis, ligaments/tendons etc.
    Do you know where they do this in Australia? I have read about it and thought it was only done Over seas. Would love to know more
    Pets are forever

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    Hi there, yes, horrible to get that diagnosis. Make sure you get a 2nd Vet's opinion on options before deciding on operations though. It's so difficult to know what is the best short and longterm path to take.

    My older Border Collie, Oscar, was diagnosed with Hip Dyplasia when he was 11 months old. The vet recommended surgery, with a few different options, none of which I was comfortable with. She was quite pushy and wanting to book him in for surgery immediately, before I'd had a chance to digest or research. Instead I decided to go with less invasive daily management and now Oscar is nearly 6 years old and most people don't even know he has a hip problem.

    He gets glucosamine & fish oil every day, a diet rich in seafood, managed regular exercise, lots of swimming, no jumping, a ramp for getting in & out of the car etc.

    He has no pain (though I have to stop him fraternising with young boys & balls.... or drunken deckhands and sticks...). The Vet gave me some painkillers but I haven't used them in years. He manages to keep up with everything my 1 year old BC throws at him. I'm lucky as I've had fishing boats and been in the seafood industry forever and so have a regular supply of prawns and fish. If I have a feed of prawns all the heads and skins are saved and thrown in with the dog food I cook up and freeze every month, along with whole sardines etc.

    I think of it as part and parcel of his personality, just another aspect of the Oscar Package. I'm sure it has shaped his personality in many ways, just like us humans and our many differences and disabilities. No doubt he will get worse as he gets older (won't we all!) but I'll deal with that when it happens. For now, he is a gorgeous, personable fellow with a bit of a stiff ars*e end, but it doesn't stop him keeping up with the rest of the family.

    So, no advice in there really, it's something you'll need to decide on yourself. Good luck with it, he'll still be Jasper.

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    Oh, and stupid me! Forgot one of the most important things! Lean, lean, lean! I keep Oscar at 3 to 5 kilo less than what is normal for a male BC. Not easy, especially when leaving at a kennel or with friends - he always gets overfead IMO and has to go on a diet when I get back, but it really makes a difference.

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    Yes, stem cell is available in Australia. This is the one I saw.
    www.medivetvictoria.com.au

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuckie View Post
    Yes, stem cell is available in Australia. This is the one I saw.
    www.medivetvictoria.com.au
    Thank you, I have just checked it out...
    Jasper I think you should check this out, at least have a look at it. I have heard so much positive stuff form this therapy from newfie friends in the USA
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    Get your vet to send in the info to the lida database too.

    LIDA Dogs - LIDA Dogs - Faculty of Veterinary Science - The University of Sydney

    The melbourne clinic may be able to advise if any vets are doing the procedure in WA. Or if you can get a referral for doggy orthopaedic specalist in WA - they may be interested in finding out the procedure from Melbourne, or they may already know about it.

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    Thanks for all the replies you have posted.

    Update:
    Jasper had xrays today, I went in to the vets tonight, and saw for myself the hip dysplasia ( I am an Adult Nurse - why are animals so hard to make decisions for!!) The vet was lovely. He has passed the xrays to an ortho specalist to determine if Jasper is the right candidate for the Triple Pelvic Osteotomy, and if the answer is 'no' it will be conservative management, but if it is 'yes' I have to make the decision to have surgery or not! I want what is best for him, but do I put him through 3 months of hell for a bettter future, or let him have his time as a puppy, and worry about it in few years.

    I love him with all my heart and really whant what is best for him!! From what I can see from Stem Cell research, it won't realign the pelvic bone, but would help with the pain relief. Jasper is such a wonderful (32kg) puppy who loves life, dogs, cats (him and my Ragdoll cat - Cookie -play chase together - sometimes with Jasper running from Cookie!) and people so much! and it is hard to make a decision that will mean putting him in a cage for months for the pelvis to heal. God, what a bloody decision!!! In a way I hope the 'specalist' says no, because then it is sorted for me, but if he says 'yes' , then I do not know what to do!!

    Jasper has never appeared to be in pain - I am the person that took him to the vet because I was concerned - I never thought it would be this!!! Ignorant bliss would be welcome at this time! AAAAARRRRRGGGGGHHHHH!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Troppo View Post
    Hi there, yes, horrible to get that diagnosis. Make sure you get a 2nd Vet's opinion on options before deciding on operations though. It's so difficult to know what is the best short and longterm path to take.

    My older Border Collie, Oscar, was diagnosed with Hip Dyplasia when he was 11 months old. The vet recommended surgery, with a few different options, none of which I was comfortable with. She was quite pushy and wanting to book him in for surgery immediately, before I'd had a chance to digest or research. Instead I decided to go with less invasive daily management and now Oscar is nearly 6 years old and most people don't even know he has a hip problem.

    He gets glucosamine & fish oil every day, a diet rich in seafood, managed regular exercise, lots of swimming, no jumping, a ramp for getting in & out of the car etc.

    He has no pain (though I have to stop him fraternising with young boys & balls.... or drunken deckhands and sticks...). The Vet gave me some painkillers but I haven't used them in years. He manages to keep up with everything my 1 year old BC throws at him. I'm lucky as I've had fishing boats and been in the seafood industry forever and so have a regular supply of prawns and fish. If I have a feed of prawns all the heads and skins are saved and thrown in with the dog food I cook up and freeze every month, along with whole sardines etc.

    I think of it as part and parcel of his personality, just another aspect of the Oscar Package. I'm sure it has shaped his personality in many ways, just like us humans and our many differences and disabilities. No doubt he will get worse as he gets older (won't we all!) but I'll deal with that when it happens. For now, he is a gorgeous, personable fellow with a bit of a stiff ars*e end, but it doesn't stop him keeping up with the rest of the family.

    So, no advice in there really, it's something you'll need to decide on yourself. Good luck with it, he'll still be Jasper.
    Thank you for this - you have given me lots to think about. He is my life and I love him with all my heart x
    Last edited by Jasper2011; 08-22-2011 at 09:54 AM.

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