10 month old pup has hip dysplasia????

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10 month old pup has hip dysplasia????

Postby Ryu » Tue Apr 21, 2009 9:12 pm

I recently posted because my 10 month old female pup runs weird .......in addition she has been limping (rear only) anytime she walks around.

I took her to the vet and she got an x ray. The vet said that she has hip dysplasia.

Can anyone give me more insight on this? I've called a few people and they think 10 months old is way too young to have this issue as her bones ect are not done growing.

My vet recommends surgery.

Thanks for your help.

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Postby Allie » Tue Apr 21, 2009 9:18 pm

My 4 y/o girl has HD too. We found out about it when she was just under 2 years old, I think.

As the orthopedic surgeon explained to me, dogs are either born with HD or not. It is they SYMPTOMS that vary. We know she has it, we have seen it in the xrays, but thankfully it does not bother her. We were warned that as she ages, the symptoms may begin to show and get worse.

Who are the few people you have called? Friends or specialists?

If it is so bad so young, you may want to first off get a second opinion-- preferably from an orthopedic specialist. Then possibly even a third. You should be able to get the xrays from your vet to bring with you to other consults. This is what we did.

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Postby INOCNTKITN187 » Tue Apr 21, 2009 10:41 pm

I knew a 6 month old German Shepherd that was diagnosed with HD. Sadly, he only lasted until he was a bit over 2 years old before he had to be put to sleep. The pain was too much and he could hardly get around. Spent his whole life on pain killer and heavy doses of Glucosamine/Chondrotin supplements. Sweetest thing in the world, but just built terribly. Put your dog on Glu/Chon. ASAP! It will help ease the pain and inflammation.

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Postby GoingPostal » Tue Apr 21, 2009 11:05 pm

That is very possible, most dogs don't show symptoms that young but still have it, did the vet say how severe it is? Surgery is expensive, there's a couple of options and I think one that needs to be done quite young that might still be an option. If you search the forum there's a lot of people whose dogs have went through this and the various options.

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Postby Misskiwi67 » Wed Apr 22, 2009 1:09 am

See an orthopedic specialist immediately. You may still be able to get her a TPO (Triple Pelvic Osteotomy) and prevent a lot of hip pain later in life.

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Postby WackyJacki » Thu Apr 23, 2009 11:23 am

Yes, see a specialist immediately. And put her on a gluco/chondroitin supplement immediately. Vit C and fish oil are good anti-inflammatories too.

Good luck, and please keep us updated.

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Postby Maryellen » Thu Apr 23, 2009 11:52 am

my gsd was diagnosed at 9 months old with HD in her one hip. we put her on joint supplements and limited her running and jumping, she is now 8 years old and still doing ok. hopefully your pup wont need surgery.

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Postby PitFriend » Thu Apr 23, 2009 8:14 pm

Definitely need to see a specialist. My lab was diagnosed with dysplasia in both hips when she was around 6-7 months old. She had the TPO surgery done on both sides and is still moving around very well now at 11 years of age.

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Postby lauren99 » Thu Apr 23, 2009 11:02 pm

My 3.5 year old APBT has hip dysplasia. He was a rescue and after adopting him I noticed that he would swagger when he walked and got limpy after a lot of exercise. That was a year ago and since then he has been on glucosmine supplements and tramadol for when he gets really sore.

Good luck with your dog and I hope everything works out!

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