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We took nelson to the vet yesterday because he turned one and we wanted him to have a check up and were worried that he had a little "hop" in his step when he ran. the vet took some xrays this morning and we went in to review the xrays. she confirmed that nelson has hip dysplasia and the kneecaps are facing outwards instead of forwards. i'm so upset and so is my bf. we're going to see the specialist tomorrow and find out what he thinks of the xrays.

do dogs with hip dysplasia live long and happy lives? how long until he will start to feel pain? the vet said there is a little bit of arthiritis forming but its not bad at this stage. she suggested cartrophen vet injections. has anyone heard of this?

do a lot of dogs get hip dysplasia? i'm so upset about this, i feel so sorry for nelson i want to do everything possible for him to help him. What advice can you give me to help nelson live a comfortable life with hip dysplasia? he's so young i feel like i've done something wrong i love him so much i just want him to be happy.
 

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So sad to hear about your boy. :( do a search on the forum, there was alot of positive info on one of the threads about dogs with HD. Good luck to you.
 

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I'm sorry to hear that. It's bad news, but don't worry too much, there are some dogs with HD that live long, healthy lives (look at my Sadie)! I would get him on a large dose of Ester-C right away. There are lots of other natural ways to help Nelson, ex: shark cartilage, devils claw, glucosamine (I have also read vit E and fish oil work, although I've never used them) and for when he has pain yucca and white willow bark can help relieve pain and reduce swelling.

Here's a link to some info on HD and escter-c: http://www.workingdogs.com/doc0039.htm
This is a very interesting read on HD: http://www.bmdca.org/health/Orthopedics/Canine_Hip_Dysplasia.php

Massage therapy and chiropractic care can also help.
 

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Oh no, I'm so sorry to hear your news. We are going through the same situation right now with our dog Chico. We just found out last week that he has hip dysplasia. I joined a couple of groups on yahoogroups. I'll pm them to you so you can join also. I have been trying to read as much as possible over the last couple of days.

If he is walking funny and already has some arthritis, chances are he would not be able to get the TPO surgery. We were hoping to get that for Chico but I guess the sucess rates are fairly low for dogs that are already a year old. We are now giving him supplements and researching other surgical options for the future. It is very hard for me to imagine that my pup is in pain. I'm sure you are feeling the same way. Also it is hard for me to restrict him from running and jumping and playing like a normal dog. He thinks he is normal.
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I am sorry for Nelson. He has gone thru so much already in his 1 year of life. As for HD my Rotti mix is 10 years and has it. She is doing great. She takes Glucosomine and Controdent (spelling sorry) and 2 asprins daily. This has helped her SO much. She use to lift her back leg and hop all the time and now she doesn't and even runs around with Moose and Gator. I also had a Rotti that at 6 months has it so bad he couldn't walk so the orthopedic vet took out his pectorial muscles and this relaxed his hips (ball and shaft) and he lived a great life until cancer got him at 5 years. So research and Nelson will be alright. Good luck.
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Angie. more than 40% of all ABs have hip displaysia.

Where did you get your dog??? Which lines is it?

It is VERY common. You are lucky. You found out early. Usually, people just wait until the dog goes laim.

The dog will be in pain sooner or later. It is a very sad and degenerative disease.

Sounds like she has a pretty severe case.

You vet would want you to spend a fortune so he can make more money. Trust me. YOu will spend a bundle. For what? So your dog can live with pain and saddness?

Keep an eye on her. see how she progresses. When it is time and you can really see she is in pain and will no longer go for walks...........it is time. It is sad, but that is what hip displaysia is all about!

I feel for ya. I had a good dog with hip problems. I put him down. It was very sad. Sadder would have been to watch such a high drive dog relegated to limping around dying to work. It was SAD.

NEXT TIME. MAKE SURE YOU GET YOUR DOG FROM PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS (EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM!!!!) OFA'ED. Never buy from a BYB. Never. Do your homework.

Good luck.
 

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Oh, that's terrible. I'm so sorry for you guys. Like PeterC, I had to put one of my dogs down (a boxer) when his hip dysplasia worsened, but I've heard of dogs living happy and active lives with hip dysplasia. I'm sure catching it early will help a lot.
 

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thank you all so much for your advice and suport :)

we went to see the specialist and he took more extras and said Nelson's problem is that the "socket" that the top of his thigh bone joins to the hip is not deep enough for the bone to sit right inside. the leg bone on the left side has started to grind away at the hip bone socket slightly. he says nelson doesn't have very bad hips, but they're not good. he suggested two things, a TPO and this needs to be done within the next month or so and its AU$4000 per hip. this will give a 90% chance that neslon will never have a hip problem in the future. and he even said doing one hip can be good for nelson, at least he will have one good hip that he can push himself off when he wants to jump and one good hip that he can rely on that will take the pressure off the other hip and make that one last longet as well.

he also suggestetd that because nelson's hips aren't very bad because now he has quite good muscle on his back legs, that the muscle is holding the hips in place but if/when he loses that muscle then it will put more strain on his hips. he said to take nelson swimming, keep his muscle up, get injections of a drug named catrophen vet which helps and doses of glucosamine. and he said that keeping nelson's back legs muscley might help him live with his hd comfortably but he said he can't be 100% sure. he aslo suggested that nelson not run or jump around on hard surfaces, soft surfaces like grass and sand are great to keep his muscle up and swimming too is fantastic because it puts no strain or pressur on the hip joints and cankeep the gluts nice and muscly. we have a hydro therapy pool for dogs in our area so we're going to look into that too.

the cartrophen vet injections will be administered asap if we chose not to go ahead with the surgery (which we are going to find difficult to come up with $8000). cartrophen is injected once a week for four weeks and then once every 6 months. http://www.kvh.com.au/Cartrophen Vet.html

if we don't go ahead with the surgery, and if his hips deteoriate within the next 6 years they can do one of two things. a total hip replacement which will cost AU$8000 per hip. or they can do a surgery that cuts off the "bulb" at the top of the leg bone that joins to the hip so theres no bone there and no friction. (can't remember how much this procedure costs but it is less than the hip replacement). but this second surgery had a 50/50 success rate.

the thing is the vet even agreed, that if nelson had terrible hips then the decision would be easier, but because they are not bad now its difficult for him to say "your dog needs this surgery".

so at what point do i decide to do the surgery? if nelson had very bad hips it would be easy for us to say, "yes do the TPO now". the vet says hes seen dogs like these have hip problems like this that are not as severe and they can go either way - live out life with minimal hip problems, or end up having major hip problems within 4-6 years.

gosh i want to do the best for nelson but the $4000 is a MASSIVE amount of money considering the chance he will be ok is 50%. i hope you can understnd why this is such a difficult decision fo rme and that is not all about not wanting to spend money on my dog, i would find a way if i absolutely needed to.

PeterC: i got nelson from an ab breeder here in perth, australia. they have been fantastic, i've called them and they have been so brilliant even offering to come to the vet with me. even offering to give me another pup of my choice from their next litter if it comes to having to do the unmentionable to save him from living in pain. i was quite upset when they suggestted that but i know what they mean, but the fact that they did shows me theyr'e not in it for the money and they're fantastic people who love and care about the puppies they have given away.

Debs: your rotti, has had hd since he was young? and how is he day to day? can you see hes in pain?

Chico.Heidi: thanks for your PM. I feel exactly as you do. nelson has been put to sleep twice in the last two days to get xtrays done and hes come home so groggy and out of it and he has no idea whats going on. like right now i can see him from where i am and he's climbing all over the furniture outside and playing with is ball like a normal pup full of spring. i hope what my surgen said will help you a little bit with looking after Chico's hd. -soft surfaces and swimming. also ask your vet about cartrophen http://www.kvh.com.au/Cartrophen Vet.html my surgeon said it is one of the most recommended proven non surgical treatments for hd.

Halo: i will look into friflex, where can i get this? the vet?

Loki: tpo, yes but please see my dilemma above. :)

Care: I'll look into those links, thank you very much.

Kelly, Kasco, Snarky, Beetle: thank you for your supportive words, it really means alot to me :)
 

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He did really good with the pectorial muscles taken out. He was crippled at 6 months and had that surgery and was fine. He lived a good life with no pain that I could see until his illness and a back injury. I would do it again if I had to. Best of luck with Nelson.
 
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