We have just recently found out that our 10 month old puppy has hip dysplasia and I'm trying to do anything I can to try to afford the surgery, it is not looking to good but I'm not willing to give up on her. Has anyone out there ever heard of a hip dysplasia fund or support group with some advice for me
Hi there, i feel for you i too was in the same situation about a year ago too. here's my post http://www.bulldogbreeds.com/discuss/viewtopic.php?t=6684&highlight=
I know exactly what you're going thru, as soon as the vet told us, we both wanted to cry right there. When i got home i frantically searched the net for everything and anything to do with hip displasia and learn everything i can so i can be better prepared to help nelson live a long healthy life with HD. altho it is sad to know that there are so many ppl out there with pups with hd, (and who like us, cannot afford the surgery or have pet insurance), and its always so sad to hear someone else come up on the forum to say that their pup has hd, take comfort in knowing that there are other ppl going thru the same thing and therefore can provide support to eachother.
we take Nelson swimming and its been great to build up his muscles. building up his muscles will help with putting less stress on his joints. altho we had a few hiccups to start with because nelson was NOT a swimmer http://www.bulldogbreeds.com/discuss/viewtopic.php?t=7121&highlight=
i'm passing on the following information to you that Amber (Chico.Heidi) passed onto to me when i found out about nelson's hd, i found all this info invaluable and check out the yahoogroups that you can sign up to to get some support from other people with dogs with hd.
Hip Dysplasia supplements and links
Hey, I wanted to send you some links for some groups that I've recently joined for dogs that have hip problems. I'm sure you are completely devistated right now, I know I am. It will be very important for you to get him on some supplements. These supplements act as anti-inflamatories and will help with the pain. Also some of them will actually help rebuild cartilage.
1. Glucosamine/ Chondroiton/ MSM
there are several brands out there that work wonderfully. YOu can use human grade vitamins if he is not picky. My dogs are extremely picky so I had to get some beef flavored ones. Glycoflex III is highly recomended by lots of people with dogs that have hip dysplasia. http://www.1800petmeds.com/pdetail.asp?SK=10654
I just bought some of this stuff because I've heard really good stuff about this brand. Unfortionatly, I paid full price but just found it on here for a great price. That bottle should last a while. For a 100lb. dog they would need 3tsp. a day. I have no idea how many teaspoons are in an ounce but I think that's a good deal. Also it has vitamin C allready in it so you would only have to give a little more on top of that.
2. Esther-C is very important. Give 2000mgs. a day. You can start lower and build up. Esther-c is much easier on the stomach than vitamin c derived from citrus.
3. Omega 3, and Omega 6. I was just giving fish oil but I guess that only has omega-3 in it. This is great for a dog's coat but the omega 6 has very important benefits for the immune system and it is also an ant-inflamitory. I use Missing Link because it it allready mixed to the right ratio and they add other really good vitamins in with it. It comes in a powder form that you sprinkle on the food and the dogs really like the taste. This site has it the cheapest. http://www.dog.com/itemdy00.asp?T1=221130+108&Cat=
Don't get it with the Glucosamine because it is more expensive and there is not enough glucosamine in it for a dog with hip problems. This brand is really good too. I just found some on sale at a store near me. It may be easier to get near you. http://www.dog.com/itemdy00.asp?T1=350391&Cat=
Those are the only supplements that I use. They are pricey but so is surgery. I figure if it could postpone the degeneration a bit, we may have a better shot at a long life. Here are some links to the yahoo groups that I joined. They seem to have good info as well as a really good support system of people. It helps to see which surgeries people have done and how they recovered.
these two groups are more for all around health but they do talk about supplements and stuff
Plaease let me know if I can be of any more help. Also if you could please share any info with me after you talk to your surgeon I would appreciate it. I am also new to this and any advice would help. I'm going to get a second opinion for Chico because my vet basically told me to make sure he doesn't run and jump. He didn't give very much advice about anything after that. It was pretty discouraging. Good luck with Nelson, I'm so sorry that you are going through this experience.