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What do I do for him????? Any suggestion welcome. Below is a picture of his x-ray. right now he is on deramaxx, and glucosimine and condritin.
 

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I couldn't see the X-ray... but your vet should have some recommendations for you. What did s/he recommend for treatment? Sometimes surgery is inevitable, other times not necessary... it all depends on the individual dog, owner, and veterinarian, as well as finances.

I'm so sorry that you're going through this. But- Welcome to the forum! It's a great place. :)
 

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Wow, that is a bummer. I too could not see the x-ray. Hope you can find some options.
 

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Will you tell us more about the grade of the hip, and the exact problem? Is it one hip or both? Swimming is very helpful.
 

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Sorry to hear about the diagnosis. As for treatment, recommend you contact the University of Missouri at Columbia (MU vet school). Have you contacted the pup's breeder?
 

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What do I do for him????? Any suggestion welcome. Below is a picture of his x-ray. right now he is on deramaxx, and glucosimine and condritin.

The rad didn't post... How old is your dog? Has a grade been assigned? I'm sorry for the diagnosis, but HD can be managed and dogs can lead quite normal lives...You are on the right track already with the supplements...
 

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What do I do for him????? Any suggestion welcome. Below is a picture of his x-ray. right now he is on deramaxx, and glucosimine and condritin.

Before I would do anything more I would get him to a board certified orthopedist as soon as possible. The supplements should be helpful. And like others, I was not able to see the pic of the xray.
 

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My vet was suppose to talk to a Orthopedic specialist today, Dr. Anderson from Vet. Speciality of st. Louis. He did my lab's TPLO. Anyway just wondering how or if anyone has had any luck without surgery and just pain management. How do I get my image to post??? I will up load it to my profile now. Thanks for all the responses!
 

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Whether the surgery is recommended or not, keeping the dog at the low end of a healthy weight will help limit symptoms in the event that surgery isn't necessary and will help surgery be successful and limit long-term problems if it is.

Supplements appear to help, and swimming is the best low-impact exercise to work the joints and keep the weight down.

Unfortunately, there's little else anybody on the board can tell you. An orthopedic vet will give you the best idea of whether surgery is a good idea and what it will cost. There are lots of people whose dogs' hips were corrected successfully by surgery.
 

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Can anyone see this one? not sure of the "grade " of the HD yet

I would agree with the diagnosis and also that it is a rather severe case for the age of the puppy - the ilium (head of the femur) is flattened on both sides and the socket/cup (acetabulum) is very shallow. It would appear to be worse on the left side (right as you view the radiograph).
I would definately want an ortho specialist to review them and examine him to determine the best course of treatment.

Best of luck to you.
 

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I am afraid I agree with everything Pointgold stated.
 

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Get yourself a trust Ortho as mentioned before. If your pup does need surgery, I have the proof living with me that there is a wonderful life after the diagnosis of HD. Shadow had and FHO at 7 months of age and a THR at the age of 11 months. He just turned 7 year old and is still doing wonderfully. In fact, he is the most sure footed dog. Tucker is a slip and slider. Do not panic...
 

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Wow-the x-ray itself looks good, the positioning is correct. I too must agree with PG and Hank. The hips look very bad. I would definitely consult with an orthopedic surgeon for the best course of action for him.

You should notify the breeder as well. Although bad hips can happen even if both parents have passed, if there is a pattern of producing bad hips in offspring, that breeding should certainly not be repeated and an in-depth look at the clearances and production of grandparents, great-grandparents, etc. should be undertaken.
 

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I agree with PG 100%.

Have a Ortho Vet take a look and get their opinion and recommendations on how to procede from here. This isn't the end of the world so don't make hasty decisions.

Keep the pup lean, trim and in good physical condition. If you have open water, swim the pup often.
 

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Get yourself a trust Ortho as mentioned before. If your pup does need surgery, I have the proof living with me that there is a wonderful life after the diagnosis of HD. Shadow had and FHO at 7 months of age and a THR at the age of 11 months. He just turned 7 year old and is still doing wonderfully. In fact, he is the most sure footed dog. Tucker is a slip and slider. Do not panic...
So did your pup need two different surgery's? The FHO & THR is that one hip or two? I am afraid we can't afford the surgery and we are leaning towards just pain management. What I need to ask my vet (tomorrow) is what will make his hips worse? Do we need to limit the time he plays with my son outside? or running around the house inside? We were going to train this guy to be a therapy dog - to go into local nursing homes to visit with the residents. and not sure if he will even be able to do that now.
 

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I would agree with the diagnosis and also that it is a rather severe case for the age of the puppy - the ilium (head of the femur) is flattened on both sides and the socket/cup (acetabulum) is very shallow. It would appear to be worse on the left side (right as you view the radiograph).
I would definately want an ortho specialist to review them and examine him to determine the best course of treatment.

Best of luck to you.

Thanks, you are correct, his left is worse than his right.
 

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I agree with PG 100%.

Have a Ortho Vet take a look and get their opinion and recommendations on how to procede from here. This isn't the end of the world so don't make hasty decisions.

Keep the pup lean, trim and in good physical condition. If you have open water, swim the pup often.

we do have lakes right near us, the last time we took him, he had a hard time getting in and out. I figured the water was too cold. In cold water would that make it harder for him? Should we wait till the water gets warmer before letting him swim outside? We live in SE missouri
 
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