Two weeks ago we found out that are beautiful 14 month old Labrador/Border Collie has Hip Dysplasia in both Hips. We were recomended to have his hips replaced but at $12,000 that is out of the question. Another suggestion was to have the Fermeral(?) head removed from the top of his hind legs therefore preventing any bone on bone issues, the third treatment is maintenance.
At the moment we are trying Glucosomine and Omega 3 and may look into other things down the track.
For most of the time Zigby appears happy and shows very little signs of discomfort, the first time was two weeks ago after tearing around at the beach with a Border Collie and again tonight he is sore perhaps after a busy weekend with a puppy - although most of the play was done from a lying position. We are limiting his exercise, he is walked only on a lead when around other dogs and is left to run 'off leash' in a paddock near home when he is by himself.
I don't know what I SHOULD be doing for him, I am too emotional to discuss things with our Vet as I was left feeling that if we did not do the Hip Replacement I was sentencing Zigby to a life of pain. We lost our last dog Harvey only 16 months ago and I do not want to put our young sons (5 and 2) through the trauma of losing their fur friend again so soon. We love Zigby and would love him to be with us for many more happy years.
Can anyone who has had experience with a young dog with Hip Dysplasia offer me some advice and first hand experience - what can I do for him? and how can I do it?