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My dog turns 2 in May,and he has moderate dysplasia. Is it possible that he could live out his life w/o symptoms? He already shows signs of not running like a normal dog, hog legged. He can not keep up with our other dog , or our friend's dogs. He lays oddly, sit strange. It is hard to explain unless you have a dog with a problem. This is my 3rd golden. . and he is different. He also has a sad bow legged thing going on with his front legs, that my husband forgot to have xrayed:(. I actually think his front legs are worse than his back. He is also always licking his front leg joints. We got him from a breeder in CT. ..Cloverdale Golden Retrievers. I know of one other person that has a dog by her that has hip dysplasia. Any help would be great.
 

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When did he have his x-rays? If he is bunny hopping, he may be beyond moderate in his hip displaysia. I would talk to the vet to see about surgical options. My lab/golden has had two FHOs. One at 7 months and the other at 2 1/2 years old. She still bunny hops, but she can go all day long with no problem. She is 9 years old now.
 

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When did he have his x-rays? If he is bunny hopping, he may be beyond moderate in his hip displaysia. I would talk to the vet to see about surgical options. My lab/golden has had two FHOs. One at 7 months and the other at 2 1/2 years old. She still bunny hops, but she can go all day long with no problem. She is 9 years old now.
He had his x-rays at a year and half. The Vet wanted to sent us to place to have that surgery that is done only while they are young. ..I think that was when he was like 6 mos old. Our breeder.. asked us not to ... to wait. Which we have. ..Is moderate not such a bad thing then?
 

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Each dog is different in it's body's response to hip dysplasia. I know Goldens with moderate hip dysplasia and you would never know to watch the dog run and play. I have also seen Goldens with mild hip dysplasia whose ability to run and play is definitely affected.

I would look at your contract and contact your breeder. If he is 2, he is old enough for OFA to give him a hip rating. Most contracts that have a warranty want an OFA rating on the hips, either a final or a prelim, depending on the age of the dog, etc.

The most important things you can do for him are to keep him thin, give him good supplements (there are a lot of people on here who can advise you on supplements) and get him evaluated by an orthopedic specialist.
 

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Moderate isn't good, but it's not horrible. Mild is much better.

Why did the vet want him to get surgery at 6 months if he didn't even have x-rays until 1 1/2 years? I would worry about a breeder who asks you to put it off, especially if he was showing symptoms at a young age. I may be wrong, but I don't think your dog will be bunny hopping and then suddenly get better. Bunny hopping is a classic hip displaysia sign.
 

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I am so sorry to hear that your dog has HD. Cloverdale is such a well-known breeder, that I am surprised she didnt refuns your purchase price. Certainly, if the dog needs surgery, she should. We have a golden from a famous breeder who has bialteral elbow dysplasia despite both parents being OFA Normal . She did have successful surgery on both elbows. The breeder returned her entire purchase price with a thank you note for loving her anyway, but not until she looked at the xrays herself.
 

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Hello~~ I was checking in to see how your dog is doing? We also got a golden from Cloverdale Farms this past April. Who are your dogs parents?
 
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