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Old 12-13-2012, 05:57 PM
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Hi guys my name is Mike. I just joined this forum to see if I can get some help with how to proceed with my golden who just got diagnosed with hip dysplasia. He's only 4 years old. I can already tell there's a lot of awesome dog lovers here so I hope you guys can help and I hope I can also help!
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Old 12-13-2012, 07:05 PM
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Hello Mike, welcome to GRF! Sorry to hear about your pup, but you've come to the right place for help and advice.
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Sorry to hear about your dog. How was your dog diagnosed? Is your dog showing any symptoms? Did you have a specialist read your X-rays or were they only read by your vet? If you take the X-rays to a specialist, you can get a definitive opinion of exactly how bad they are.

Depending on symptoms, you have a variety of drug options. In my opinion, glucosamine is great. If you try it and your dog is still in pain, you can go to adequan injections. They are relatively inexpensive and you can give your dog the injections yourself to save money. I pay $200 for 8 injections (2/week). You can give the injections 2 times per year.

I would definitely get some ideas from your vet on pain management. The next thing to know is how advanced the arthritis is in the joints. Then you want to see how much muscle loss your dog has.

There is a lot you can do for your dog. Remember to get regular exercize to help keep him moving.
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Sorry about your pup but glad you found this forum. Welcome. I'm sure we have members who have been on your same road with their pups and will be able to give you advice.
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Welcome to the forum! I am so sorry to hear about your dog=( My dog was diagnosed with hip dysplasia at 6 months old. If you haven't already, I would HIGHLY suggest seeing a specialist who can take a look at the x-rays in order to give you the best possible options to treat your dog. Dogs with hip dysplasia can go on to live normal healthy lives if they receive proper care. Let us know if you have any specific questions! Take care!
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Wow thank you all! I will absolutely go see a specialist. I have a whole plan set up that I posted on another forum about giving him fish oil, glucosamine, Niacinamide and Selenium with Vitamin E. The vet said it appeared he had degenerative arthritis as well. I didn't even think of that I will schedule an appointment with a specialist for sure. I appreciate all of your nice words!
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Have your vet send the X-rays to OFA for verification of the diagnosis. Directions are on the website but your vet should be able to do this easily. The fee is very small. www.offa.org


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