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    Unhappy Hip displaysia


    My 6mth Golden Retriever pup was diagnosed with hip displaysia yesterday. Is there anyone here who is experiencing the same or who I can discuss it with? I have never had a dog with this before and am a bit scared actually.

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    Hi Sharon.
    I haven't had this with any of my dogs but I feel for you & your baby.
    I do know the cost to have treatment. I have all my dogs hip & Elbow scored
    so I can assure a new puppy owner that I have done my best by having health
    tests done, but having say this both parents with perfect hips can still produce
    pups with HD.
    What has your vet suggested for your Pup ?
    Have you been in contact with the breeders and asked if any of the
    parents have had any hip problems ?

    Big Hugs to you

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    I do, what were you wanting to know?

    The obvious things are to watch weight, light exercise, no jumping up or off things.

    Re Xray when fully mature to know to what extent.

    Some dogs can have bad scores but show absolutely no signs of pain etc, and others are the opposite.

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    I would definitely contact he breeder (if you got it from one) and tell them what's going on. They can let the other puppy owners know to just keep an eye out for it.

    Definitley need to keep the weight down, which can e jar for lab owners, but if your dedicated it will be easy.

    Did the vet give you options?

    Good Luck

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    Hey Sharon I have had 2 HD/ED dogs, if you want a private chat email me at inline_k9@yahoo.com It's not always doom and gloom for the dogs and there is a lot of options available.

    First port of call is always the breeder, if you did not purchase from a registered breeder though you may have problems with recourse there.

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    Yes I have had 2 dogs with elbow dysplasia which is a worse scenario and one dog with mild HD. My HD dog is lean well muscled BC and works sheep with no problems at all.

    My current ED dog does very well and runs and plays normally. I did have surgery on her as a pup.

    Your dog is still a pup and growing, so keep him/her lean and dont allow jumping etc. But exercise is good, just dont overdo it.

    Lean and fit is good. Swimming is good. It will also depend on how bad your dog is and if it bilateral or not and exactly what the nature of the problem is.

    HD in Golden Retrievers is not uncommon and dogs registered with thw ANKC have to be hip scored before they can be bred and although it is not guaranteed it does reduce the incidence.

    There is a canine HD yahoo group that I belong to that is chocka with HD dogs and lots of experience.

    It is common to be scared and devastated but knowledge is power and quite often it can be managed quite satisfactorily with an excellent quality of life for the dog. There are various surgeries available and it is important to consult a good orthovet as some of those surgeries are time sensitive and need to be done before the dog stops growing. Your ortho can advise you on the best options. My HD dog wasnt bad enough for surgery so I didnt go down that path.

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    And I might be in the middle of it all right now...either CCL, ACL, HD or whatever......My dog comes from a good breeder has been kept lean, well conditioned with water training, had all the good food and extra additives. was checked at 18 months and still sh** happens..........I feel for you as I am going through all the processes now. it is good to talk to your Breeder and let them know. It doesn't always mean it is their fault. All my dogs relatives have scored extremely well in the hip and elbow department....Mine never got over exercised or jumped, we played by the rules......So I have to accept it was just meant to be. The only positive is we are insured and presently we are just waiting and resting to see the extend of what we are dealing with. my dog is having more x-rays and being desexed next week or the week after.

    I hope you have a good vet, who is happy to pass you along to an orhto vet........I will definitely be going to melbourne if she needs surgery. So far Chris Preston has been suggested to me......

    Now there is also stem cells to look into and i have been googling and speaking to people about that part of it, because that is new to me.

    I am lucky that I work in a RAdiology Department, so i am getting some human leavel of knowledge input to as to all the new and upcoming treatments. Mind you sometimes all the different inputs only lead to more confusion

    Good luck on your Journey
    Pets are forever

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    I feel sorry for you, i know what you are going through as im sure many others do too.

    All i would reccommend is do as much research as you can, and get a second opinion. There is a minor surgery that can be done on dogs under a certain age (18 months for memory), depending on the severity of the individual case. When my girl was 6 months, she was beyond having this particular procedure, but its worth looking into, you never know.

    There are also certain products you can use to supplement your dogs diet, which is believed to help with cartliage (such as Nature Vet Joint Guard, however, it is VERY EXPENCIVE and, i use something which is a fraction of the price, from a pharmacy, and i have seen better results with). I give my dog a shot of pentosan once a month, and anti-inflamatories if she is having a bad day. The reason i reccommend you to get a second opinion is because i had 2 quotes for my girl...one vet said it would cost $6000 per hip (total of $12,000) PLUS the cost to send her to weribee to have it done...Our new vet has a specialist surgeon onsite, who charges $8,000 for BOTH

    I know its upsetting, but, there is a lot you can do to give them amazing quality of life, best of luck
    "Dogs are miracles with paws" - Susan Kennedy

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