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Growing Pains is now OCD *Updated*

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My wife and I got terrible news yesterday. Our male not only has Bilateral OCD, but he also has Bilateral Hip Displaysia. We are devastated and torn between what we should do for him. The specialist said that he was not a candidate for surgery due to his hips being so bad but he doesn’t exhibit any pain. He is slow to get up, but he can still run and do things that a pup does. We have been in contact with the breeder and he is being super about the whole thing. He said we could bring him back and take another pup of equal quality but it breaks our heart because we don’t want to give him up.

I wanted to get everyone’s opinions as to what type of life we can give our pup. He is only 6 months old and I hate to take him back to the breeder knowing he will be put down. We currently give him 1500mg of Glucosamine and 1000mg of Condroiton as well as Nu-Vet plus supplements and we also feed him very good food(innova). Any thoughts and recommendations are appreciated as my wife and I are heartbroken and don’t know what to do.




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I"m sorry for the devastating news. I wouldn't want to send him back to the breeder either. BTW does the breeder OFA? I wonder since you got such a double whammy on this dog.

Things I would do:

1. Find a group (dialogue, internet, etc) for people with dysplastic dogs. You'll need the support.

2. Learn everything you can about keeping a dysplastic dog healthy for as long as possible. These might include building ramps, swimming him to keep his muscles in good condtion without high impact exercise, etc.

3. Keep him skinny. Light is better on sore bones than heavy. I use Innova as well - I use the reduced fat (not lite - lite is air).

Keep us in the loop please.
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Would the breeder consider offering you a new pup if you can verify the health issues, and neutering him? I've never had that problem, so I really don't know if they'll allow it. I'm sorry to hear the news.
 

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I can't say enough about the breeder. He has been so helpful and has already offered to take the dog off my hands and replace him with another pup. He also said that I could have another pup and keep my current dog which is what I'm torn between. If I keep him, how can I make his life as comfortable as possible. Also would there be any problems with having 2 males in the same yard with our female. Would the second male cause more stress in the yard and be more detrimental to the dogs well being?

Thanks again everyone for your kind words and thoughts
 

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So sorry this is happening to your pup. Paula gave you great advice.
You are already giving him the supplements he needs and an aspirin
during painful times as a pup and two aspirin as an adult helps a lot.
We have a dog who has had hip problems all of her life. The vets were
not sure how she would do, but since we knew about the problem from
the beginning we were able to take the cautions needed to help her. She
will turn twelve December 1st. One of the main things is to not allow your
pup to do activities that will apply stress to the hip areas, such as jumping
or heavy running. Think of it in terms of your car. Your pup is like a
car with bad shocks, any bouncing on the joints will cause more stress.
Cold weather or damp/rainey weather causes it to be more stiff and painful.
This is where the aspirin help, so does a warm heating pad. Not only to reduce
the pain but the inflammation, as well. Some dogs may be sensitive to the aspirin,
you can give him an over the counter Zantac two hours before giving the aspirin
to keep it from irritating the stomach. Love your dog lots, and if the time comes
that he should need to be put down, then it is better that it take place with you. I
wish you all the best with your pup.
 

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Re: Breeder

ehackler said:
I can't say enough about the breeder. He has been so helpful and has already offered to take the dog off my hands and replace him with another pup. He also said that I could have another pup and keep my current dog which is what I'm torn between. If I keep him, how can I make his life as comfortable as possible. Also would there be any problems with having 2 males in the same yard with our female. Would the second male cause more stress in the yard and be more detrimental to the dogs well being?

Thanks again everyone for your kind words and thoughts
I wouldn't take another pup for a few reasons including:

1. This dog is going to be more costly than you expected.
2. It is going to be really hard to get two puppies to stop playing (to spare your painful puppy).
3. IMO having two untrained pups at the same time MIGHT be preferable to a bullet in the head but hot by much.


Paula
 
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