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  1. #21
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    Question

    thinking of getting a GSD and worried about HD what safety measure can I take other then finding a good breeder to grad against it ?

    what age can you get them Cheeked ?

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    There are never any sureties even if from a Breeder who health checks their dogs.

    But minimal rough-housing when a puppy, no tiring forced exercise, no stairs and or jumping out of cars and such

    Long time daily crating has also shown up as causing weaknesses, so freedom to move around is good. Swimming as a good muscle strengthener.

    No added calcium to diet and low protein if you feed dry food. We feed a lot of RAW bones, mostly RAW diet and home cooked
    We do use preventative additives in our newf's as said before, Vit C, Vit E, Kelp, Glucosamine/chondrointon.
    We do give our dogs lots of freedom to exercise, but tru not to tire young dogs. We build them up in strength so that they have muscles and tendons to help them. I have found swimming the best.
    Most people stress their young dogs too much or do the total opposite and make them weak. you have to find a good balance.
    We have taught our older dogs to play gently with our puppies, too much bumping and throwing around can cause injuries and not just HD.

    But to start with health checked/scored parents is still the most important. And to see proof, not just yes we have. I always check the paper-work. That will put some Breeders off, but I think only the "not so" Breeder.

    Besides HD, you should also see the parents behaviour/temperament. There are some lovely GSD's around. Good luck in your search
    Pets are forever

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    Thanx for the info

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    Hi Kate

    It's sad to hear what zigby is going through. Nothing worsen than our pets not being able to communicate if they are in some pain. My friend went through a similar issue. Just like a few people have mentioned on here - how about management. Sometimes we are not educated on this or given this information leading us to get more opinions such as here.

    It has been previously mentioned chiro. My friends dog that went through a similar situation to zigby had animal acupuncture performed, this was successful. Her dog could not jump around, or get up on a couch for example, after two treatments it was able to do this. Again it's a management plan not a cure! Needles are quiet painless and very thin. I saw the dog being treated and it was more than happy. If you would like more information please contact me. This animal acupuncturist is also an osteopath and animal musculoskeletal therapist.
    Good luck

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    I've just lost my second dog to HD/ED.

    Walking on the sand is fine but in a controlled manner. If the dog is tearing around how they want and caught up in the enthusiasm of another dog playing then they will over do it. Don't walk the dog on hard surfaces like footpaths etc that is going to be the killer.

    My rottweiler was so bad ha barely had any hip sockets and his elbows stuck out. Saying that we still managed to get him up and walking as his surgery costs were quoted as well over $20,000 and years of recovery.

    I found GLucosamine/MSM/Chondroiten powder from the health food shop the best (tsp a day) and was recommended by a vet. I also used the Ethical Nutrients High Strength Liquid fish oil, a scant capful every day. Food was no filler food, no artificial colour, flavour, preservatives. If you're hard up for money try the Vets All Natural range of products and make your own diet, it's extremely high quality and I swear by it for my dogs. Your dog should be lean, well muscled and dont let him get even a little chubby.

    My dog also had regular chiropractic and acupuncture treatment with a natural therapies vet. GOt him totally off the anti inflammatories. If you want to exercise your dog at the beach then you walk him on lead in water just above his elbow level. Wade him like that, it will help build the muscle in a low impact environment and muscle is EXTREMELY important in holding the dogs joints together and helping it keep mobile long term.

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    Just popped in to say I am so sorry to hear this about your dog and I to am furious at the
    VETS charging $12,000 for HD
    I have all my Mastiffs insured (sounds stupid to some with no animals)
    But it would save my dogs and save me a lot of money if something like this was to happen..

    I hope there is help out there for your dog as this can turn into a very painful thing for your dog.
    Big hugs to you guys.
    Please keep us updated....

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    We no what you are going through and its not fair.
    We brought our second GSD from a breeder hoping she would have no health issues, we noticed her back end was dragging a little as well as bunny hopping around the yard.
    I did a little research to find out why she was looking and walking around a little odd to our other GSD, every result came up with signs of Hip Displasia.
    They say its too early to tell if your dog has Hip Displasia before the age of 16 weeks but our little one had her left hip all of a sudden bulging out, we went into panic mode and rushed her to the vet thinking she had dislocated or twisted her pelvis somehow.
    They checked her out to find her legs just pop in and out of both sockets! She has severe deformity as the top of the sockets will not grow to keep her legs in place the xray cost $450, we tried Pet insurance but it was preexisting so everything we do will be out of pocket.
    They told us she wont just need one operation but many more along the way which will cost thousands unfortunately we have not got that kind of money to spare.
    We now have to look at what we can do with her.
    We spoke to her breeder which gave us a refund and said what ever you do with the pup is up to you!
    We are very attached to her and it breaks my heart to think about letting her go, i wish we had plenty of money as i she would be booked in straight away for a hip replacement.
    Has anyone else gone through this or is going through it now?
    Love to hear your opinions or advice
    Cheers

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    What a terrible situation for you.

    Have you had her properly examined by a specialist orthopedic vet? This is a must in my book to get an accurate diagnosis and prognosis with all the options so you can make whatever decision you need to.

    Did the breeder you purchased her from have all their breeding dogs hip and elbow scored? I would always ask to see the certificates documenting the hip and elbow scores of the puppies ancestors, particularly in a breed like the GSD. It doesn't give a 100% guarantee but it is evidence that the breeder is their scoring breeding dogs and hopefully taking care to breed from the healthiest dogs.

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    This is a very old thread with a new post from Jenn and Jess

    Sorry to read you're going through this and yes it's not fair.

    Can you get your vet to submit details of your puppy's hips and the pedigree information to the LIDA database at Uni Sydney.

    http://sydney.edu.au/vetscience/lida/dogs/

    I'm hoping one day they have info for preventing problems like this.

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    Hi Yes the breeder had advertised they were hip scored, she phoned all the other buyers of the same litter to see if any others had HD but only ours had it we received the money back by mail as she stated not to bring the dog back an use the money to help with her treatment. We are not sure what to do as the vet said hes only ever seen 2 with it so bad.
    The vet also told us to give her back as she would of known as it was showing the signs early. I have the xrays not sure how to upload them so you can see how bad it is.
    Thanks for your response.
    Cheers

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