Good afternoon, I joined this thread to check on any info on topic. I have 2-Goldens by same breeder, brother/sister, year and a half old. Female was showing signs of poor rear leg movement, stiff and sometimes dragging. Friend noticed she almost hopped. When the rear dragged during yard runs and excercise I took her to vet for xrays and blood work for lyme disease. Xrays showed poor bone growth and eval proved somewhat devastating. Both dogs have been excercised extensively. My weekends start and finish with the dogs regardless of the weather, and they always seem to thrive on it. Well, tomorrow I head down to Iowa State Vet Center for hip eval, and possibly hip replacement surgery. Not cheap, and the options are there, but this pup deserves to live without the pain associated with the disease. I know dogs can live with pain, but getting old myself, I figure she deserves all I can give at this early age. Drugs are only an option, sure they'd work, but I won't take them if at all possible...any of you decide against the surgery without any regrets?