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Ask the Vet About Hip Dysplasia in Dogs

Hip Dysplasia in Dogs
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MichaelDym, V.M.D.
Michael Dym, V.M.D.
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As a practicing veterinarian, Dr. Dym has over 19 years of experience and dedication to enhancing the overall health and well-being of pets. His commitment and passion for pet health continuously drives him to learn more about the art and science of homeopathy through ongoing training and education.

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Date: Apr 24, 2017
Category: Hip Dysplasia
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: How should I handle it?

Question:My german shepherd had started getting a limp around 9 or 10 months old. After having xrays we had found out she was diagnosed with hip dysplasia at an early age. Vets had told me my best option would be to keep her at a healthy weight. Put her on joint supliments and keep exercising. Since then we've had very few limpy days but i fear for her future. She'll be 2 next month and I wanted another opinion on if I should keep doing what i'm doing or try looking more into surgery. My vet told me surgeries are risky with hip dysplacia. (It might not work or could make her hips worse) Shes my first dog and I just want her to live a long happy life.

Answer:Since I can't do a physical exam on her or watch her walk and run, nor have I seen her radiographs to know how severe (or not) her dysplasia is, your veterinarian is definitely going to be the best one to answer those questions. Whether to do surgery or not depends on so many different factors - your dog's pain threshold and/or comfort level is the most important thing so when I read "we've had very few limpy days", I would be leaning away from surgery right now but, again, your veterinarian is the best one to make that call.

Date: Apr 16, 2017
Category: Hip Dysplasia
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Tumeric follow up

Question:Just wanted to say thank you so much for answering my previous question. This service is easing my mind considerably. If you don't mind I have one more question. Can I use the tumeric and the glucosamine/condroitant together and how would you suggest I introduce my dog to the tumeric? Gradually? Or just jump in with the full dosage? Also, is this something I can use daily from now on? Again I can not thank you enough. My vet is not big on holistic therapy.

Answer:Hello. Sometimes it does help to consult with a holistic oriented vet like myself on issues like this who are familiar with BOTH traditional veterinary medicine AND holistic medicine. Many holistic vets like myself do consult with clients nationwide. I have no problem using the Tumeric and glucosamine together. Gradual introduction to any new supplement etc building up slowly over a few weeks is always best. Daily use is fine, however if your pet has chronic joint issues and you are using an integrative approach, he still should be under care of your local vet and/or a holistic vet who is familiar with both types of medicine.

Date: Apr 16, 2017
Category: Hip Dysplasia
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Turmeric suppliments

Question:My 10 year old boxer is showing signs of hip dysphasia. My vet gave him a cortisone shot with no help. He bows wants to prescribe Carprofen, but I would rather try something natural such as tumeric suppliments. Is there anything I should know before doing so? Can I give him dog aspirin until it seems like there is an improvement? How long do you think it will be if there is going to be improvements? Thank you so much for any help you can give.

Answer:I would not use aspirin in 10 year old boxer unless cleared by your local vet who knows your pet best. Tumeric is fine to try and I do use it in my holistic practice quite often for elder dogs. Usually takes a week or two to see any changes. If cortisone shot die not help, then you may want to ask your local vet for more thorough workup to make sure problem with lower legs is not due to metabolic weakness from a problem elsewhere in the body. You can also put him on excellent joint supplements such as Super joint enhancer from 1800petmeds, as well as proanthozone and Be well fatty acid supplement, all which can work together to help with hips, etc

Date: Mar 17, 2017
Category: Hip Dysplasia
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Bi lateral hip dysplasia

Question:My German Shepherd is almost seven years old and hi -drive. He has bi lateral hip dysplasia as diagnosed when he was a pup and x-rayed. Poor sockets diagnosed. He has been very active until recently and is starting to limp and his back end drops when he walks. That just started. I had him on glucosamine tablets. It they haven't helped. If I switch to a food with omega , will that help? He has been a great companion and protector. We were out yesterday for two hours and I usually only take him for short walks. Maybe we over did it. I think he is too old for surgery. What diet do you recommend or meds? Thank You

Answer:The diets that I have the most success with are the prescription ones with really high levels of high quality fatty acids like Science Diet J/D. When he kind of "overdoes" like he did yesterday, NSAIDS like Rimadyl or Metacam work nicely to make him comfortable. They require a prescription and can be given daily as long as his kidneys and liver are normal - I start my patients off by just giving them a few and having them use them only on the bad days. Get off any excess weight - that can help more than anything if he is overweight at all.

Date: Mar 12, 2017
Category: Hip Dysplasia
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: inflammation

Question:my 10 year old dog fell down the stairs this morning. he has hip dysplasia. Is there anything that i can give him for inflammation?

Answer:Aspirin is the only over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory that is usually safe for dogs. Call your veterinarian (who knows all/any of his preexisting conditions that may make aspirin not the best choice for him) and get his dosage (it will be based on his last weight). If he continues to limp, they will want to do a physical on him +/- radiographs and they will have more potent medications that will work better than aspirin if he needs them.

Date: Mar 9, 2017
Category: Hip Dysplasia
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Onset of symptoms

Question:Hello, I have a 10 month old Newfoundland who developed a limp a month ago after playing hard with my other dog. At first my vet thought it was just a hip sprain and wanted to wait on X-rays. After ten days, he did not get completely better and my vet ordered X-rays--these showed hip dysplasia in his left hip. I recently had a conversation (not with my vet) where I was told that my dog would have had signs/symptoms before the limp, but my other Newfie (now 5 years old) had zero observable symptoms until she was 4. I'm confused as to whether or not I missed something with the puppy before he developed a limp, especially since the first thought from my vet was NOT hip dysplasia?

Answer:There are varying degrees of hip dysplasia - like mild, moderate, and severe. There are varying degrees of pain thresholds for various dogs as well - the same degree of dysplasia seems to bother one dog more than another. So we will see everything from uncomfortable very young puppies to dogs that don't have trouble until they are 12 years old.

Date: Mar 4, 2017
Category: Hip Dysplasia
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Concerns

Question:I just rescued a lab German Sheppard mix puppy. She is 10 weeks old. Upon receiving her unnoticed when I lifted her she favored one leg. I knew either way it wasn't going to change anything so I brought her home. It's almost like her hips aren't aligned.she knuckles her paw and walks on it. I noticed she's been doing it for a while because she's missing fur where she's been walking on it. I am not sure if it is hip dyslapcia or possibly maybe just she could have injured her hip or muscles before we got her. Although you can't see it what would you think it is

Answer:Without doing a physical on her it is impossible for me to say for sure - it could be anything that damaged that limb. The knuckling and dragging the foot makes me think nerves might have been damaged, but your veterinarian will be able to tell you when they exam (and/or x-ray) her.

Date: Feb 28, 2017
Category: Hip Dysplasia
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Labrador

Question:Hi Sir, I have a 10 month old, 35 kg labrador, just diagnosed with hip dysplasia. The vet prescribed these medicines for 2 months: "Tab Joint Active" and "Tab Dolocarp". I actually wanted to upload the X-Ray of the bones here, but I'm unable to do that. The vet suggested to continue medication for first 2 months, and then consider FHO if the condition doesn't get better. Can you suggest how to proceed with the situation.

Answer:I am not familiar with these product names so I cant advise on them. IF they are nonsteroidal prescription anti inflammatory drugs, then you should follow your local vet's recommendations who prescribed them, and have monitoring of blood work if kept on these type of drugs, if used long term. FHO is an excellent salvage procedure for large breed dogs and often affords dramatic symptomatic relief of pain and symptoms. Hip replacement also might be option for you, so I would check with local vet specialist in your area on orthopedic surgery. Put on good joint supplements like Super joint enhancer, proanthozone and fatty acid like Be Well from 1800petmeds.

Date: Feb 28, 2017
Category: Hip Dysplasia
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Labrador

Question:Hi Sir, I have a 10 month old, 35 kg labrador, just diagnosed with hip dysplasia. The vet prescribed these medicines for 2 months: "Tab Joint Active" and "Tab Dolocarp". I actually wanted to upload the X-Ray of the bones here, but I'm unable to do that. The vet suggested to continue medication for first 2 months, and then consider FHO if the condition doesn't get better. Can you suggest how to proceed with the situation.

Answer:I think you are the same person that submitted a question earlier that thought the veterinarian had prescribed calcium & multivitamins, so I am pleased to see that it wasn't - these 2 medications are a glucosamine/chondroitin/MSM preparation and a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory so those are both fine and will hopefully help him feel better. You can still consider seeing an orthopedic surgeon that specializes in hip dysplasia - look for a veterinarian that is "board certified" in orthopedic surgery - they are often at universities.

Date: Feb 28, 2017
Category: Hip Dysplasia
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Labrador-hip dysplasia

Question:My 10 month Labrador dog was diagnosed with hip dysplasia today, the vet put him on a 2 months medication of calcium and multivitamins, and suggested a FHO if the conditions don't improve. Could you please suggest as to how to proceed with the treatment??? It really hurts to see him struggling for everything...he weighs 32 kg.

Answer:Unless your dog's diet was found to be deficient in calcium and multivitamins we usually don't add them at this age - some studies say they may actually be contraindicated, so check to see what you are giving him - it may be Omega 3 Fatty Acids, which might help. You are kind of just at a "wait and see" point now it sounds like. Some orthopedic surgeons recommend surgeries when they are young and still growing so you could go see an orthopedic surgeon as well.

Date: Feb 10, 2017
Category: Hip Dysplasia
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hip displasya

Question:What is there that I can give my dog for pain? His back legs are weak and I'm unable at this moment to take him into the Vet to get checked. We are already giving him joint health chewables 4 his hips. I'm just wondering what else I can do to help him.

Answer:Aspirin is the only OTC human NSAID that is safe for dogs but even it can be really rough on their stomach lining so it's not really recommended daily and it doesn't work any where near as well as some of the stronger ones that you can get from your veterinarian. If he is the least bit overweight, losing weight always helps and is free. Pretty high dosages of Omega 3 Fatty Acids have anti-inflammatory properties, like this product: http://www.1800petmeds.com/Super+Pure+Omega+3+-prod10910.html

Date: Jan 31, 2017
Category: Hip Dysplasia
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hip Dysplasia

Question:Hi,my 11 month old german shepard has had hip problems since he was about 5 months old I would say. He can barely get up and go up the stairs and he hardly jumps around when he plays and he loves to play. Is there anything I can do?

Answer:I would make sure that first the diagnosis is correct. HE should have sedation and properly alligned pelvic/hip and stifle x rays of hind legs. Other issues need to be ruled out including stifle or knee issues, lower spinal issues, etc. If your dog does have hip dysplasia, then proper x rays can define the severity of the disorder at this time, as well as the best treatment options moving forward, whether prescription anti inflammatory meds, supplements and/or even possible surgical options, including even hip replacement in some candidates. If that is not possible for you, then for now, you can start him on excellent supplements such as Super joint enhancer and proanthozone from 1800petmeds, as well as fatty acid like Be Well added to meals. Yucca intensive by azmira also may help. Chiropractic and/or acupuncture may help but you need the basis x rays, etc first.

Date: Jan 29, 2017
Category: Hip Dysplasia
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hind legs won't work

Question:My boxer can't stand up on her hind legs. She can sit, but can't stand. I don't understand why because the other day she was walking fine. Now we have to hold her up when she pees and poops and it is very difficult. We have done blood samples on her and she has a high calcium which leads to cancer. Please give me advice how I can get her to stay standing up and to use the bathroom. She eats and drinks fine when we offer. What should we do?

Answer:Hi Dyllan, I am so sorry to hear about your boxer. You are describing some major musculoskeletal problems - possibly with her spine and nerves. These things can happen suddenly and are very serious. If she is having trouble supporting her weight and having difficulty positioning herself to urinate and defecate, you need to get her to the vet to see if they can help her. I think you may have misunderstood the meaning of the results of the blood work and you should discuss the relationship of elevated calcium to cancer with your vet. Your vet who did the blood analysis and their staff who have met your boxer can give you tips on how to support her best. Dr. P. Mottishaw, Veterinarian

Date: Jan 28, 2017
Category: Hip Dysplasia
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Treatment Options for Hip Dysplasia

Question:My 10 month old chocolate Labrador was diagnosed with severe hip dysplasia when he was only 5 months; my vet suspected wrongful breeding. He has NO sockets for his hips to properly reside in and as a result walks almost cross legged and bunny hops when he tries to bound around (I try to keep him from doing so but he is a lab pup so there obviously isn't much use in trying to keep him still). I try to take him for short walks to build up the muscle in his back legs as they are very skinny for a dog of his size. I have also tried swimming but he absolutely hates the water having fallen into the pool as a young pup. My vet has been fantastic with him, taking numerous X-rays, revealing issues in his elbows also, and providing me with supplements for the development and strengthening of his body. He is currently taking meloxicam for his condition, but coming from a pharmaceutical background I would prefer not to use it as long term treatment for him. He stands at approximately 67cm and weighs 45kg - vet has him on a strict diet so ribs can be easily felt to reduce pain - so he isn't a small dog. I have considered hip replacement surgery, but this is very costly in Australia, and there is no guarantee that it will fix the issue. I have also considered Femoral Head and Neck Excision as a viable option, but honestly I just don't know what else I can possibly do. It is heartbreaking for me to watch my big, loveable goofball limp around and struggle to stand knowing that there's nothing I can do for him. So my question is, is there anything you can think of?

Answer:Hi Jaimee, If his hip dysplasia is that severe, you will want to do surgery if you can. It will probably save you money in the long run on medication if you already have him on meloxicam. The FHO (Femoral Head and Neck Excision) surgery is less ideal but can work seemingly as well as the more expensive surgeries if it is performed by an experienced surgeon. Good Luck!

Date: Jan 27, 2017
Category: Hip Dysplasia
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hip Dysplasia and let out of socket

Question:I adopted a dog that has hip dysplasia, we were not told this up front. We were told the dog had gotten stuck in a baby gate and fractured her femur. We just came back from the follow up visit and we were now told her leg is out of socket and it cannot be put back in because of the hip dysplasia and recommended a hip replacement. She is only 9 months old. What would you recommend we do. We cannot afford this surgery.

Answer:Hi Heidi, Sorry about your pup. If her hip is totally out of the socket, you will want to do surgery if you can. There is a cheaper surgery called an FHO (femoral head and neck osteotomy) that is less ideal but if it is performed by an experienced surgeon, the dog often seems to do as well as with a total hip replacement. Hope this helps. Good Luck.


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