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The Importance of Proper Clearances

I'm a part of this group on Facebook where people post pictures of their dog's hip/elbow xrays. Earlier today, a woman posted a picture of her 6 month old German Shepherd's hips (pictured below with permission). She needed help because her puppy needs a major, expensive hip surgery and she can't afford it. Her puppy is in so much pain that he can barely walk and spends his days lying around. She got him from a backyard breeder - no papers or clearances. The woman did contact her breeder as soon as she saw the xrays, not sure if the breeder is doing anything to help but she's hoping the breeder will stand behind her pup. Since the OP can't afford to pay for the surgery, she's facing the hard reality of having to tell her kids that she might have to put their best friend down. She's currently looking for alternatives, but if worse comes to worse..

It's the puppies and families who have to go through something like this that makes doing clearances so worth it. It breaks my heart that this family and their puppy have to suffer so much because of a breeder's laziness and irresponsibility. Does having clearances guarantee that your puppy will be problem-free? Of course not! But having clearances stacks the odds in your favor.

I hope this reminds all of you looking for a puppy why clearances are so important. Take your time finding a breeder who does all the necessary clearances at the right times and breeds responsibly and ethically. Sure, it might be a thousand more than you planned, but a thousand more at the beginning is a lot better than sixteen thousand down the road. Sure, you might have to wait a lot longer than you originally planned, but having twelve+ years with your dog is better than only having maybe six months. It takes more effort to find these kinds of breeders, but at least you'll be getting a puppy that can run and jump and play and be a brat and maybe mouth you a little too hard sometimes. That's a lot better than having to look down at your six month old puppy and watch him struggle to lie down and get up and walk. Not every dog who comes from no clearances will end up like that (and of course no one's going to shame you for buying a dog without a history of clearances) but better safe than sorry, imo.
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Holy c**p! Those hips are some of the worst I have ever seen . It's not a good x-Ray but better positioningisn't going to change anything.

Poor pup and poor owner. I hope she can find some way to do the surgery.

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Oh dear! That poor puppy! That is a terrible radiograph of some much more terrible hips. A good lesson indeed!
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That hurts to look at. And provides a great visual for why clearances are so important. .... one could say that the positioning is bad, and it is, but good positioning would not change a single thing- that puppy is living each day in pain.
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I was looking again at this radiograph (I'm apparently a glutton for punishment) and I am going to amend my rather harsh judgement -- the positioning is not as bad as it first appeared to me. The pelvis looks pretty straight, it's just the legs that could be better. I suspect that this was taken with the pup awake, and it would have hurt to straighten them properly, so it was the best they could get. It tells you what you need to know! Sedating to get a better radiograph would not change my plan with this pup, so why do it?
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When I first saw this rad I laughed and said someone will complain about the positioning.
There's not a prayer in the world that "better positioning" would make a hill of beans worth of difference.
Sadly we see this in our breed too from backyard bred newspaper puppies. I've rescued two of them. Both had TPLO surgery at less than a year of age.
Proof is in the pudding for OFA. In the subset of our breed that has generations upon generations of OFA-cleared hips, we simply do not see hip dysplasia this bad. It is as rare as hen's teeth. Mild or borderline, yes, not uncommon, but not this. In the population of goldens that don't do OFA? Not uncommon. OFA works.

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Sorry should have said TPO (Triple Pelvic Osteotomy) surgery not TPLO (tibial plateau leveling osteotomy...I think). TPLO is for busted knees.

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I am no expert and can see how bad those hips are. I wonder if there is a rescue they could surrender the puppy to that would pay to have the surgery. It feels kind of cruel to pts a puppy that can be fixed. We had a neighbor with a Bernese mountain puppy. Nine months old and they put it to sleep because of the cost. That just seems kind of cold. There has to be some way to get this puppy the surgery.

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Perhaps we can help this dog if the owners are in need of donations. I would be happy to make a contribution to help the dog. We are a community after all.

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Although we all may want to help this dog, I have to remind you of the GRF rules. Rule 14 states that "14. GoldenRetrieverForum.com Members are prohibited in posting threads that may be seeking donations for themselves, other individuals, or web sites (other than non-profits).If members wishes to take on such endeavors this must be done in PM’s or on another site, but not posted on the open forum of GRF. Thread/posts for donation requests that are going directly to a charitable organization can be posted on GRF. Threads/ posts of those that contain other websites that request for solicitation/donations are at the discretion, upon review, for removal by GRF Forum Management Team and/or the VerticalScope Inc. "
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