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I don't have any experience with bad hips, but recently went through a very tricky diagnosis with my then 7 1/2 month old puppy. He had malformed sesamoid bones in both front feet, and after CT Scan was diagnosed with mild ED. (not FCP, but a blunt head) We went to Univ of Penn and they recommended surgery on both front feet to remove the bones, and possibly surgery on both elbows. The elbows would have been secondary to the feet.
I sought several opinions and many conflicted. I ended up traveling to VOSM and am so glad I did. We didn't do any surgery. We did have to rest him for about 6 weeks while I was getting tests and opinions. VOSM put us on a very specific rehab program and I'm happy to say he is back up and running. He's being field trained, so running is a big part of his life.
We will be doing Penn Hips there when he turns two to see if he actually has ED. Their feeling is that he may have a very mild case, or one that normal X-rays wouldn't even pick up. They don't expect him to need any surgeries at this point. We will be keeping his weight lean, more a 4 on the scale then a 5. We also supplement with Omega 3's and Dausaquin.
I won't be using him for breeding, but will be following through with all testing for our knowledge moving forward.
From my experience take your time and work through it. Don't rush into anything.