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Van Gogh had was at dog training today, when the trainer had passed a comment and said " I'm about 95% positive your dog has hip disp"

He turns 1 in 10 days, were bringing him to the vet for a x rays on Tuesday, what should I expect? What can I do to keep him healthy from this point forward?



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oh no! im so sorry to hear this. I wish I had some advise for you, but Im sure some other members will be more knowledgeable
 

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Van Gogh had was at dog training today, when the trainer had passed a comment and said " I'm about 95% positive your dog has hip disp"

He turns 1 in 10 days, were bringing him to the vet for a x rays on Tuesday, what should I expect? What can I do to keep him healthy from this point forward?



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I had a trainer tell me this once about my GSD. She was wrong...When she saw my current dog she said his hips looked fine yet when I had him xrayed it showed otherwise.

What makes your trainer think your dog has hip issues and what symptoms (if any) has your dog shown?

As for xrays, some vets will do it without sedation however I would request sedation so they can get a good view since sedation relaxes the muscles so they cannot tense up. Mine was sedated with DexDomitor and after a reversal was given was was and walking after 10-15 minutes and was eating 3 hours later. You can send the x rays off to the OFA to be graded however I never did this. I trusted my vets opinion enough that I opted to just take his word after seeing the xrays myself. Since he is going to be under to I would suggest getting a shot of the knees and elbows as well I went the extra mile and got the hips plus chest (where we found an issue), abdomen, elbows and knees.

I give a good joint supplement to mine currently to manage. I dont limit his exercise to badly I want him to enjoy life when he starts slowing down I will be more careful (which is sadly starting to happen now)
 

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Honestly, that was kind of a jerky thing for the trainer to say. Unless their eyes have the ability to xray (which they obviously don't) there is no reasonable basis for him to have said that to you. I would have been upset too.

If you have concerns I would talk to your vet.
 

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If it is true you could ask about adequan shots. It is for helping arthritis and numerous other things including hip dysplasia. Also I have read great things about Hylasport.
If there is any extra weight on the dog I would try to make him lean.
Swimming would be an easier exercise if he is in pain and can't walk as easily.
Hope your trainer is wrong! Sending mojo.
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I would be hesitant to give anything major like Adequan shots unless the issues are severe. If its not to bad a good joint supplement is all you need however, wait for the x rays to come back to see if there is even an issue.
 

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If you are concerned, X-Rays are the way to go. I agree, the trainer is a major jerk to drop a bombshell like that on owners without a scrap of proof. I hope it is not HD. Keep your chin up, even if it is, there seem to be many stories of HD being managed without surgery.

We're going through some joint issues (maybe???) with Bear. He had trouble getting his feet under him, and at first his gait just didn't look right. So we had him sedated and x-Rayed. His hips turned out magnificent but his knees are inflamed (or so they say). We still haven't gotten to the bottom of it yet. But he limps now. :(

Whichever way the wind blows this..... I would have a frank talk with the trainer about minding their own business and/or learning how to use tact.

Wishing y'all the best of luck. Keep us updated?


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@Brave, I haven't been following Bear's thread but have they considered panosteitis? Kira has suffered from pano on and off since she was 6 months old (she is almost 18 months now) and it presents very similarly to joint issues. Duralactin is an over the counter anti-inflammatory that came highly recommended to me and has worked wonders for her. She has not had an issue with limping since we started her on it.
 

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No one should say anything based on gait. Their growth plates close at 14 to 16 months. Unfortunately now you will worry until the Xrays are done. Please keep us updated.
 
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Very unprofessional of your trainer to make such a statement. Although it is tough not to panic, take a deep breath and talk to your vet. If your vet feels there is something amiss, have faith that he/she will point you in the right direction.
 

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Try not to borrow trouble and wait for the X-rays. HD, if found, is not great news but not the end of the world either. Many dogs live long happy lives with differing levels of HD. My spaniel has it and is quite the happy girl, albeit with limitations to her exercise. It sounds like your trainer is tactless, but if correct, may have done you a favor by giving you an early heads up. If you know HD is there, you can take better care of your dog. But try not to worry--you have one comment made by one person who is not a vet. Hope you'll come back and let us know what you find out.
 

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The trainer was not mean or out of line for saying something, in fact it would have been very unprofessional to remain silent. The trainer has a responsibility to the DOG! It would be very unfair (and perhaps painfull) to the dog to make it do drills and exercises that it is physically not up to.
 

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The trainer was not mean or out of line for saying something, in fact it would have been very unprofessional to remain silent. The trainer has a responsibility to the DOG! It would be very unfair (and perhaps painfull) to the dog to make it do drills and exercises that it is physically not up to.
Van Gogh is also in training to be a service dog for the OPs wife--so perhaps even more of a requirement to be a physically "sound" dog. Best of luck with the x-rays and hopefully nothing is there. Did the breeder ever get clearances accomplished on the dam?
 

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The trainer was not mean or out of line for saying something, in fact it would have been very unprofessional to remain silent. The trainer has a responsibility to the DOG! It would be very unfair (and perhaps painfull) to the dog to make it do drills and exercises that it is physically not up to.
But there is something to be said for having some tact when voicing a concern like that. To say "I'm 95% sure your dog is dysplastic" is a lot different than saying "I'm seeing something off with his gait, maybe you should have the vet look at him and make sure there isn't any joint issue going on." Clearly the trainer doesn't have xray eyes so making a visual diagnosis (even with his 5% "margin" of error) was still jerky, IMO.
 

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I'm a big fan of chiropractic care: Doctors, worldwide, certified in animal chiropractic by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association Many dogs are told they have HD when, in fact, it's a back issues. I start my dogs young in caring for their spine, which helps with many degenerative diseases.

Adequan/Cartrophen Vet are most effective when they are started early enough, but the xrays will tell you if this is warranted. I would start any large breed dog on a joint supplement as a preventative. This has never failed me in terms of arthritis once they get to be a senior.
 

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Very unprofessional of your trainer to make such a statement. Although it is tough not to panic, take a deep breath and talk to your vet. If your vet feels there is something amiss, have faith that he/she will point you in the right direction.
I would also use your own judgement here. Vets will only see your dog walking around in the vets office not at home. My first dog a Rottie was examined by a vet who told me he had horrible hips. Did the x rays and sure enough he had horrible hips that needed surgery right away. Sent the xrays off to a specialist and he told me it was mild and would likely never need surgical intervention.

Lincolns previous vet said his issues were in his knees and his hips were fine. Got him xrayed at another vet and it wasnt his knees like the previous vet thought it was his hips.

The point is, some times vets misdiagnose/guess. I wonder how many dogs are out there where vets said their joints were fine and not to pursue xrays but really they have some hip issues that the owner wont find until more serious issues develop and they require xrays.

I xray all mine regardless if I think they have issues or not. Best of luck with the xrays and keep us posted :)
 
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