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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: 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.

Date: Jan 20, 2017
Category: Hip Dysplasia
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Puppy

Question:I have a 6 month old puppy I rescued. They told me she has hip dysplasia. She's not putting weight on her back leg and her back is curved instead of straight. Is there anything I can do for her.

Answer:It is unclear whether a veterinarian diagnosed your new puppy with hip dysplasia or if she is just non-weight bearing on her back leg, so first make sure she is limping from hip dysplasia because they can limp for MANY other reasons. The curvature of her spine may be from chronically having to compensate with her good leg moved over to a more central position for balance - it could also be related to the limping if both are due to some sort of trauma. Try to get some X-rays soon to definitively diagnose the hip dysplasia and to find out how severe it is. There are some surgeries that can help really severe cases of hip dysplasia if they are done when they are young enough. There are MANY other treatments for hip dysplasia other than surgery - mainly revolving around relieving pain = everything from non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, cold laser therapy, glucosamine/chondroitin/MSM supplements, acupuncture, etc. It will really depend on the severity.

Date: Jan 13, 2017
Category: Hip Dysplasia
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: 15 yr old lab

Question:My 15 almost 16 yr old lab who has been struggling recently was diagnosed with hip dysplasia. Our vet put him on some anti inflammatory and other meds to help keep him comfortable but he is afraid with his age to do surgery. I feel like he's in pain and I don't want him suffering. I don't know if I should push for surgery or if this really is it and I should unfortunately start thinking about the next step

Answer:I would discuss all of these concerns with local vet who knows your pet best. You can ask about prescription anti inflammatories such as rimadyl or deramaxx as well as other pain meds like tramadol or gabapentin which are often used together to help symptoms. Good quality joint supplement such as Super joint enhancer and proanthozone from 1800petmeds should also be considered adding to the mix

Date: Sep 7, 2016
Category: Hip Dysplasia
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hip Dysplasia

Question:Hip Dysplasia I Took My Dog To The Vet About 2 Weeks Ago And I Was Given Some Anti Flammatory Pills And Some Glutamine Joint Pills Because The Vet Said Possible Hip Issues. He Did Take X-rays And I Have Another Appointment On Monday But It Seems Like Her Right Back Leg Kind Of Twist In A Little Bit And She Does Do The Bunny Hop When She's Walking So I'm Wondering If She Has Hip Dysplasia What Is It Cost For Surgery? She Is An 8 Month Old Lab Pit Mix

Answer:Surgery Options And Best Choice Will Depend On Anatomy Of Your Individual Dog, As Well As Degree Of Dysplasia, Etc. Sometimes Hip Replacements Are On Option, As Well As What Are Called Salvage Procedures Like Fho Procedure. Ask Your Vet For Referral To Vet Orthopedic Specialist In Your Area For Expert Opinion

Date: Sep 1, 2016
Category: Hip Dysplasia
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hip Dysplasia

Question:My Dog Has Been Diagnosed With Hip Dysplasia, She Is Almost 7 Years Old. She Has Been Showing Signs For About A Year Now. She Limps And Does Not Use Her One Rear Leg Much. She Has Started Glucosamine And Fish Oil Recently. It Has Not Been Too Long Yet. Without Surgery What Will Happen To Her Quality Of Life?

Answer:Quality Of Life Will Depend On Severity Of Hip Dysplasia And Symptoms Shown By Animal More Importantly, As Well As Making Sure Other Causes Of Rear Leg Lameness. You May Want To Get Second Opinion From Another Vet In Your Area To Make Sure No Other Issues Like A Chronically Low Level Torn Cruciate Ligament Of The Back Stifle(knee Joint). Also Add Other Supplements Such As Proanthozone And Yucca Intensive From 1800petmeds

Date: Aug 30, 2016
Category: Hip Dysplasia
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hip Dysplasia

Question:It Shows Here That Dogs Usually Can't Walk When Suffering From Hip Dysplasia But My Dog Walks Fine It's Just The Getting Up Part That Worries Me He Has A Really Hard Time Getting Up And It Does Seem Like One Of This Legs Is Weaker Than The Other Looking Up His Symptoms I Decided To Buy Him Pro Sense Glucosamine Advanced Strength And It Seems Like It's Working My Question Is Will My Dog Ever Be Normal Again I Haven't Gone To The Vet Yet Cause He Just Started Walking That Way A Day Ago His A Old English Bulldog 5 Months

Answer:I Would Not Assume The Weakness Is From Or Not From Hip Dysplasia. There Are Much Causes Of Weakness And/or Stiffness Even In Puppies This Age. And Pets Do Develop All Degrees Of Hip Dysplasia. Pets Can Have It And Still Walk Quite Well

Date: Apr 27, 2016
Category: Hip Dysplasia
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Rottweiler Hip/back Popping

Question:We Have An 8 Month Old Rottweiler Who Shows No Signs Of Pain, But There Is A Soft Popping Sound Coming From His Backend. It Sounds Like It Is In His Hip. He Runs, Jumps, Walks Normal. Is There Anything This Could Be Other Than Hip Dysplasia?

Answer:Hip Dysplasia Or A Sliding Patella Or Partially Damaged Acl Ligament Of The Knee/stifle Joint Is Also Possible. I Would Recommend Vet Exam And Evaluation ,And Possibly Sedation, Palpation Of The Stifles, And A Good Set Of Stifle And Hip X Rays To See.

Date: Apr 13, 2016
Category: Hip Dysplasia
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hip Displaysia

Question:Is It Normal For A 8 Month Old Bull Mastiff To Already Have Signs Of Hip Dysplasia. And What Would Be The Best Treatment For Her ?

Answer:Dogs Can Show Signs Of Hip Dysplasia At Any Time During First 2 Years. I Would Not Assume That Is Diagnosis With Proper Physical Exam And/or X Rays

Date: Mar 29, 2016
Category: Hip Dysplasia
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Skinny Hips In 8 Week Old Puppy

Question:We Took Our 8 Week Old Labrador Puppy For His First Vaccinations And The Vet Observed How He Looked Normal From Hips Up And A Bit Thin/lacking Muscle Mass From Hips Down. He Shows No Signs Of Hip Dysplasia And Walks, Runs And Stands On Back Legs Normally. He Is Quite A Thin Dog Generally As He Had Trouble Weaning. He Still Cannot Eat Dry Food Without Diarrhoea. This Is Obviously A Problem As We Need To Slow His Growth By Giving Him A Premium Dry Puppy Food For Large Breeds. Are Thin Hips In Puppys A Very Early Sign Of Hip Dysplasia? Any Tips Of How To Feed Him A Low Protein Etc Wet Food Diet? Thank You.

Answer:Thin Hips In Puppy Are Not Necessarily A Sign Of Hip Dysplasia. This Puppy Sounds Like It Would Benefit More From A Holistic, Natural Diet Such As A Proper Home Made Diet; See The Website Www.k9petchef.com For More Information And The Book Dr Pitcairn's Guide To Natural Health For Dogs And Cats By Richard Pitcairn, Dvm, Phd I Would Also Put Him On Probiotic Like Fortiflora And Naturevet Enzymes From 1800petmeds

Date: Mar 28, 2016
Category: Hip Dysplasia
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Injury Or Hip Displasia

Question:Hello, I Have A Male 8 Month Old Labrador. A Couple Of Days Ago He Went For A Walk & Had A Big Run & Swam For The 1st Time. he Seemed Exhausted After Which Is Normal As He's Had A Long Walk Before And Was The Same. However I Noticed Him Winging A Bit When He Would Move Lying Down Positions, Nothing Major Just Seemed A Bit Odd. Then I Picked Him Up That Same Day At Put Him Down & He Yelped As He Back Leg Came Down Which Was Odd. Since Then He Had A Walk Yesterday With No Running Involved And He Was Perfectly Fine When Out But Towards The End Whined A Little Which Isn't Like Him As If His Leg Was Hurting. He Seems Pain Free & Trots Normally, But We Noticed When He Walks Sometimes After Lying Down For A While Or After Excersise It Looks Like One Leg Crosses The Other & He Dies Wiggle His But A Bit Too. On The Day It Started He Was Limping A Bit But That Has Now Gone Now So I Don't Know If That Means It Could Be An Injury. He Seems Quite Reluctant To Jump In & Out Of The Car At The Minute Too. Earlier Today He Was Just Sitting Down, Got Excited When I Walked In & Got Up But Let Out S Little Cry & Was Almost Healed Over On One Side & Then Immediately Went To Sit Down. He Sits Normally Most Of The Time But Also Sometimes Does The Frog Sit But He Has Always Done That. & When He's Going Up The Stairs He Is Bunny Hoping But He Does That Most Of The Time Too. Sometimes It's Not To Bad & Sometimes It Doesn't Look Right But We Have Only Properly Noticed It A Couple Of Days Ago But When He Was 4 Months My Mum Noticed He Was Swaying His Hips A Bit But I Never Really Sore It & Up Till Now We Have Had No Issues. He Is Currently Standing With His Bag Legs Quite Close Together! Was Wondering If You Think It's Just An Injury Or If It Sounds Like Hip Displasia ? hope To Hear From You Soon! lizzie

Answer:An Injury Or Hip Dysplasia Are All Possible. Needs Full Vet Exam And Possibly X Rays Of Lower Spine And Hips Under Anesthesia For Proper Diagnosis And Treatment Plan

Date: Mar 23, 2016
Category: Hip Dysplasia
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hip Dysplasia

Question:My 12 Yr Old Shepherd Has Developed What I Think Is Hip Dysplasia Within The Last 2 Months. He Can No Longer Stand On His Own And His Rear End Will Not Move As If It Were Paralyzed . My 2 Questions Are: Can Steroids And /or Other Pain Med.s Help Him? Also Can You Give Me A Estimate Only Of What A Hip Replacement Would Cost? He Is A Very Healthy And Was A Very Active Dog Until This Hip Problem.

Answer:Hip Replacement Likely Not An Option In Pet This Age. Steroids And/or Other Pain Medications, Anti Inflammatories, Etc May Be Helpful In Extending Quality Of Life. Best To See Your Local Vet For Exam And Evaluation


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