Hi, I'm happy I found this forum and glad to join fellow retriever owners and lovers. Our beloved 2-year-old cream retriever has elbow dysplasia and arthritis--x-rays confirmed it. We are very sad for her, and surprised by this at her young age--the breeder disappeared after I alerted him to it so I don't know if any other dogs in her litter are also afflicted (if he'd even know). According to our vet surgery isn't really an option; with the onset of arthritis it's not going to make much of an improvement. And cost is a major concern as well. She was getting adequan shots twice a week for a month, per the vet, which seemed to help a lot, but now that they have tapered off she's limping again, and frequently. The vet said she could go back on it at same frequency for another month before reducing it to just once a month, and she's also been taking duralactin twice a day. But the vet says that while this won't reduce her life span she'll never really be an off-leash dog again; it's something she'll/we'll have to manage lifelong. But for a retriever not to be able to run free... Does anyone else have this problem, and if so, are there other options we could consider? We're keeping her weight controlled, and I've read about hydrotherapy, but again, the cost makes it largely prohibitive. Thanks for your suggestions.