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Worried about Tucker's hips
Lately I'm kind of concerned about Tucker's hips--if something is bothering him. We got a new car recently, an SUV with a higher level than he's used to, and he doesn't like to get up there by himself, so I'm helping him. In the mornings, part of his ritual has always been that we pat our stomachs and say "Hugs!" and he stands up and hugs us. Lately he hasn't wanted to do that. His weight is good for his height and frame, and he's been on glucosomine-chondroitin supplements since he was a puppy. It seems like he doesn't want to bear his full weight on his hind legs.
So I'm considering asking to have him X-rayed. I stopped off at the vet's office today, and as I suspected, they would want to do their own x-rays, with sedation, and if they find something, they'd refer him to the orthopedic vet. I'm assuming the latter would also want to do x-rays, also with sedation.
I'm considering straight out asking for the referral to the orthopedic vet for the x-rays. I don't like the idea of putting him under twice. And I'd like to be able to submit the x-rays to OFA, so it would be better to just get them done by the ortho.
Does anyone else worry about sedating their dog? I always feel like it's risky, although I'm probably over-concerned.