So Keira had Xrays done on her hips for the first time. I have known they are bad since she was about 18 months old but never had them xrayed.
But she hurt her right side recently (her right side is her "good" side) and so I decided it was time to actually see what they were like, it means the Chiro Vet has a better idea of what she is working with etc as well. We were also concerned about her spine and upper back because of the fact she over compensates for her rear end by using her front end too much. So she had a full body xray pretty much.
So this is a normal dogs hip xrays, no displasia.
And this is Keira's hips
It is hard to compare greatly as Keira's legs are not in the same position, the reason for this is because her legs physically cannot go into the position that the normal dogs hips can.
As you can see her left side hip, the cup of the joint is almost non existent and the ball doesn't sit anywhere near in the joint.
The right side on its own would be classified as severe displasia.
Poor baby her right side still wasn't in the best shape even after 4 weeks and several treatments because she cannot compensate for it and use her other hip, but she came out of the xrays with some crazy muscle spasms caused by the minipulation of her body to get the xrays.
It is crazy that she gets around as well as she does on these hips. Her back isn't in terrible shape but it isn't great. Our biggest fear is one of her disc's may blow down the track and that could cause severe pain or even paralysis.
So basically we will just keep doing what we have been doing. Ie: chiro, acupuncture, swimming, massage, diet, dietary supplements and hope that she doesn't deteriorate too quickly. She is so stoic, I can't even imagine her not being her crazy bouncy self.