Snow's Hips have improved

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Snow's Hips have improved

Postby SnowKoi2010 » Sat Jun 11, 2011 12:48 pm

At the beginning of spring when I got her spayed, I was told by the vet that Snow has Hip Displaysia. This saddened me because she was going to be my wight puller once I got the money for a harness and the proper training equipment. Well I told the vet that I noticed when I started to train her she seemed a little stiff. He showed me the X-rays (Which are coming next week) and her right hip was bad. You know this upset me.. but I didn't give up! She went on Joint supplements for active dogs and fish oil. We work out every day, rather it be a short walk, spring pole, luring/chasing, jumping or swimming she has not only toned up, but her hips have actually improved. She isn't near as stiff as she was back in April.

:D Maybe somehow we wont have full blown hip dysplaysia. Or by some miracle she wont have it at all! But I am going to put back and get yearly X-rays done until she is four and then every 2 years after that.

Do you think that the supplements and work outs are whats actually helping her?

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Re: Snow's Hips have improved

Postby Misskiwi67 » Sat Jun 11, 2011 4:04 pm

SnowKoi2010 wrote:
Do you think that the supplements and work outs are whats actually helping her?


Absolutely... there is a reason supplements and rehab are recommended for dogs with diseased hips... it works great as a preventative too!

There are a number of pet dogs that I've found bad hips on when taking x-rays for possible blockages and the like, and I tell every one of them to start an exercise routine and get them on supplements right away. (After their dog stops puking of course)

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Re: Snow's Hips have improved

Postby SnowKoi2010 » Sat Jun 11, 2011 10:59 pm

Yeah Snow went from not being able to jump at all to jumping really high. I am still careful with her but our work outs are a little more each month and they seem to be really helping! ^^

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Re: Snow's Hips have improved

Postby 1lila1 » Mon Jun 13, 2011 1:31 pm

Yay, that's great! Angel has all kinds of conformational deformities and while on the surface he's a good looking dog, a trained eye can see all kinds of stuff wrong with him. He was also diagnosed with mild hip dysplasia as a puppy and it has improved a lot as he's grown. He was started off on glucosamine/chondroiten, MSM, and vit C as a puppy. He's 2 1/2 now and I discontinued the Vit C about a year ago. He's also been on a raw diet since the day I found him when he was about 13 weeks old. Although like Snow, he'll have to be constantly monitored, esp because he has other issues like badly angled knees, elbows, shoulders, and terrible feet. All of which could affect his hips eventually but for now he's doing great.

My vet though seems so cautious about exercise. I wanted to get him into agility and/or weight pull she said no, no to wearing a pack with water bottles when we go hiking, no flirt pole or spring pole, pretty much anything more than walking and the occasional running she cautions against. I do let him play flirt pole once or twice a day for 5 to 10m at a time because he LOVES it and I cant resist the look in his eyes when he looks at me, looks at the flirt pole on the wall, then looks back at me, then looks longingly back to the flirt pole etc etc lol! But your vet actually approves these things for Snow? I was a little dissapointed that my vet said Angel will never be able to weight pull and even competative agility would be too much. My vet is absolutely wonderful but as much as I value her opinion I sometimes think she is being a little too cautious when it comes to exercise and physical activity.

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Re: Snow's Hips have improved

Postby SnowKoi2010 » Mon Jun 13, 2011 1:39 pm

Snow will never pull. That wasn't words from my vet, those where my words. But she does run, jump, play, swim and so forth. Actually my vet said that swimming is the best thing you can do for a dog with joint issues. Today was the first time in about a month I used a flirt pole on her. But she has a spring (Tree) pole that she plays on and chases sticks, plays with Koi and Tug and jumps in the air after toys/sticks.

She isn't near as stiff as she was, if any at all. But I do still watch her. I am hoping that next years x rays will shine some light on her hips and we might can do agility. Which I was told isn't near as hard on a dogs hips because it requires upper body strength so dogs with elbow displaysia can't do it.

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Postby Enamorada » Mon Jun 13, 2011 2:03 pm

So glad to hear you've seen some improvement. I know she's a much happier dog now, too. :thumbsup:

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Postby SnowKoi2010 » Tue Jun 14, 2011 9:50 am

I am glad too. At least for now she is able to be active with me. ^^ I also take a moment every week or so to rub her hips and move her joints myself. :hi

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Re: Snow's Hips have improved

Postby Supernaturalist » Thu Jun 16, 2011 6:08 pm

My veterinary orthopedic specialist actually recommended that I get Angus (bad hips, iffy knee) into weight pull. It's the best sport for bad joints because it's about building muscle which supports the joints and is about slow methodical movement, and no-impact. I hope that Angus also improves like your dogs did, he's been very stiff and limps. He started on Adequan injections today, which hopefully will help him. As far as exercise I take him to the beach as often as possible, put his life jacket on and just hold him in the water and he'll paddle away for however long I have the patience to stand there for. I'll also walk him up and down the beach in water at his chest height. We have some wobble disks as well that are pretty helpful. Other exercises are a very low set springpole, pulling small weights (<5lbs), standing on his hind legs and slow walks.

When he does get sore I put on his hip icer, which is like a neoprene sleeve that you can put ice packs in, it really seems to help him and as a bonus it looks adorable, I call it his "ice pants."


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