Hip Displaysia

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Hip Displaysia

Postby Croatia PIT » Fri Feb 08, 2013 12:51 pm

Hello everyone, i would be very thankfull if you could help me find the solution for the following problem. My dog ( female pitbull, 25 kg, 4.5 years old) has a knee pain and problems with hips. I've noticed that 15 days ago after I came home from a long walk I took with her. After that, every time she walks, she lays down and puts her right leg up. Few days ago I visited the vet and he diagnosed her with coxarthrosis bilateralis ( I don't know what that means). The doctor then told me that the hips weren't that much of a problem but that the knees were so je prescribed her pills called PFIZER Rimadyl which she has to take 2 times a day for one week. He also said that she will have to go to the surgery if the pills won't help. As i didn't really get full information about her condition, I am asking You to give me your opinion or advice. I'm not sure if I should take her for walks in the following 7 days period in which she will be taking pills or not? Also, if You have any other option for me, You are very welcome to suggest! One more thing; she has been allergic to dog food for the past 8 months thats why she has been eatinh antiallergic dog food called Trovet Hypoallergenic RRD. My question is: does that have something to do with the knees problem?

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Re: Hello from Zagreb, Croatia!!

Postby Mooresmajestic » Fri Feb 08, 2013 7:01 pm

IThis link will give you more info...
http://cirrie.buffalo.edu/encyclopedia/en/article/346/
But basically, it's bilateral (both sides) hip displaysia with secondary arthritic changes in the knee joint. That's what I see in the x-rays. Her left hip joint (right side in x-ray) has major structural changes and is more than likely causing pain/discomfort. This will cause the dog to change its gait and put more strain on other joints, causing early wear and arthritis. The right hip isn't as severe, but there are arthritic changes to it as well as shallow sockets.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but your baby has pretty severe hip displaysia. With surgery and medical management, she can be comfortable. Unfortunately it will effect her quality of life as she ages.

Anyway... welcome! There is a ton of great info here, and a lot of info on displaysia.
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Re: Hello from Zagreb, Croatia!!

Postby Croatia PIT » Sat Feb 09, 2013 10:03 am

Ok Curly_07
First and foremost, my english is bad hehehe ..
Im 22 years old and I come from Zagreb and I have a pitbull named Kyra, she is 4.5 years old and she has problems with the knee bones and the doctor did not say anything, he just the speed prescribed this drug(I was 5 minutes into his room and he did not even give me any papers) , so I look for someone who has had the same experience with this breed, and these x-ray pictures will help you to help me

Mooresmajestic thanks for the explanation :thumbsup:

(im using google translate)

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In this video kyra had 1.5 years


In this video is a problem, I have a concrete yard and she loves to jump ... Now I know it will not work anymore
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did I become a member of the forum? 8) I really need help :oops:
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Re: Hello from Zagreb, Croatia!!

Postby Enigma » Sat Feb 09, 2013 12:26 pm

Oh hey neigbour ;) I'm from Ljubljana, Slovenia. It's nice to see more European people here. :) I would really recommend going to a specialist - an orthopedic vet, not just a regular vet if your dog has hip displaysia. Oh an welcome to the forum, your Kyra is beautiful! :)
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Re: Hip Displaysia

Postby Misskiwi67 » Sun Feb 10, 2013 10:27 am

Rimadyl is great for controlling pain and discomfort from arthritis, so its a great start to keeping your kiddo comfortable.

In addition to hip dysplasia, I'm also seeing signs of inflammation in the knee that might be a sign of a torn Cranial Cruciate Ligament. This is another common condition in large breed dogs, and may be the surgery your veterinarian was talking about.

Here's a link to a client handout with more information on hip dysplasia and treatment options.

http://www.VeterinaryPartner.com/Conten ... C=0&A=1916" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

And here is a link to a client handout on torn ACL:

http://www.VeterinaryPartner.com/Conten ... C=0&A=1975
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