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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.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

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: May 28, 2020
Category: Hip Dysplasia
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Meds Ive paid for

Question:When I bought the meds I had an option for you to cal my vet. Since then he told me they dont do over the phone orders. Can you send me your address?

Answer:Mailing Address 420 S Congress Ave. #100 Delray Beach, FL 33445

Date: May 18, 2020
Category: Hip Dysplasia
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: joint supplement

Question:Can I give my dog a combination on OsteForm and Cosequin?

Answer:Yes. I wouldn't start both at the same time though, just to not upset his/her stomach.

Date: May 9, 2020
Category: Hip Dysplasia
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Elbow Dysplasia

Question:Not hip... but my Australia Shepherd who is 2 was diagnosed with ED. Do you have some healthy ideas for his health and comfort? Hard to keep a cow dog down😎 Food? Vitamins?

Answer:Here is a link to an article, written by another veterinarian, from a site that I trust, all about elbow dysplasia: https://veterinarypartner.vin.com/default.aspx?pid=19239&id=4952626

Date: Apr 27, 2020
Category: Hip Dysplasia
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: join pain 145 lbs American bulldog

Question:I need to get some prescription pain medication for my dog... How do I go about obtaining a prescription from you for some type of pain medication for this animal who is in lots of pain thanks for as much help as you can give me.

Answer:In veterinary medicine, a veterinarian that has met your dog face-to-face has to ok the prescription.

Date: Apr 26, 2020
Category: Hip Dysplasia
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hobo needs your help

Question:Hobo is my 8 year-old chiweenie. I am terrified that he has hip dysplasia. He's had a large lump right above his left hip for at least 3 years that I had the vet check it out. She assured me it was a fatty tumor and that I could relax because it seemed to be bothering me more than him. A few months ago, his gait changed and sometimes he will pick his left leg up when he walks. Thanks to my mom, he is pretty overweight. I put him on a weight management diet a few years ago with zero results and now he's starting to look somewhat bloated. I am disabled with MS and unable to work. Hobo is increasingly restless and pants alot. Clearly he is in pain, but I cannot find a vet who will accept a payment plan to treat him...they all want to be paid up front. On nights like this when he's clearly hurting and can't get comfortable, what can I do to help him? Surely there is something I can give him that's an OTC medication that's affordable. What do you suggest

Answer:For joint pain, there are not good over-the-counter options, but there are really good prescription ones. Hip dysplasia is not common in small dogs but knee problems are, so you need a diagnosis as well, so seeing your veterinarian is ideal. You are right to worry about his weight - he needs to lose weight - cut the amount of calories that go into his mouth in half until he loses to help his joint pain. Here is one over-the-counter option: https://www.1800petmeds.com/T+Relief+Tablets-prod10795.html

Date: Apr 18, 2020
Category: Hip Dysplasia
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Baytril and Rimadyl

Question:I have a German Shepherd, 65 lbs. She is taking Baytril 136mg. BID for UTI. Can I give her Rimadyl 75mg. for hip pain at same time?

Answer:Yes, they can be given together. They both have the potential of upsetting her stomach so spacing them out by a couple of hours and feeding with food is ideal to begin with.

Date: Apr 17, 2020
Category: Hip Dysplasia
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: hip and shoulder problems

Question:I have 2 rescue Napolitano mastiffs. 1 female weighs about 135# and is having problems in her hips. 1 male weighs about 159# and has problems in his shoulder. What is best to give them to her them back to normal?

Answer:There are so many treatment options, I will attach our article detailing many of these but the article was written a couple years ago and there are even more (laser therapy, hydrotherapy, acupuncture, physical therapy, etc.), so contact your veterinarian to see what might be available in your area and right for your dogs. Here is a link to many over-the-counter and prescription options: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/cats-dogs-arthritis-treatment-2.htm

Date: Apr 11, 2020
Category: Hip Dysplasia
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: German Shepherd hip dysplasia

Question:I have a 7 year old German Shepherd who suddenly couldnt lift his hind legs, the vet we went to said he has hip dysplasia and if he isnt better in the next two days we should put him down if he isnt eating or anything but he still is eating normal and is still very alert & wants to get up and run around but he cant since his hind legs will not get up. Could he be a candidate for a surgical treatment? Would a back wheel chair work for him?

Answer:If he only has hip dysplasia, something can usually be done, so ask for a referral to a veterinary orthopedic specialist. IF something else is going on (degenerative myelopathy, etc.) he may not be a surgical candidate (but may still benefit from other forms of therapy- laser thearpy, acupuncture, htdrotherapy, physical therapy, etc etc.)

Date: Apr 6, 2020
Category: Hip Dysplasia
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Different symptoms

Question:Can the beginning symptoms of hip dysplasia be so painful that is cause stress? My dog has been losing his appetite, regurgitating his food and sometimes water. At the same time those symptoms began, he started walking very stiffly, his hind area is losing muscle, he has difficulty getting on and off my bed, never has before, and he sits like a frog. Could there be related, if it possible?

Answer:No, probably not - maybe just not eating but the regurgitation of his food and water implies he may have 2 things going on.

Date: Mar 21, 2020
Category: Hip Dysplasia
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hip issue

Question:I have an almost 4 English bulldog. He started limping a few weeks ago and thought his nails were too long so got them trimmed. He seemed fine after that and then all of a sudden he started having trouble walking on our laminate flooring like slipping and sliding. Now he cant jump up on the couch and drags his butt and back legs. He is still running, walking, and going up and down stairs. 1. Can you diagnose hip dysplasia by an exam of just looking and touching or does an X-ray def need to be preformed? 2. Is 4 too young for hip dysplasia? I see that there are meds available for pain and different treatment plans beside surgery?

Answer:1. Can you diagnose hip dysplasia by an exam of just looking and touching or does an X-ray def need to be preformed? We can get a good general idea from a physical exam but an x-ray tells us a lot more and shows the exact severity or the secondary arthritis. 2. Is 4 too young for hip dysplasia? No, we, unfortunately see hip dysplasia in even younger dogs. I see that there are meds available for pain and different treatment plans beside surgery? Oh yes, There are so many treatment options, I will attach our article detailing many of these but the article was written a couple years ago and there are even more, so contact your veterinarian to see what might be available in your area and right for your dog. Here is a link to many over-the-counter and prescription options: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/hip-dysplasia-treatment-dogs-2.htm

Date: Mar 20, 2020
Category: Hip Dysplasia
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Long term Dasaquin use

Question:Hello, Is long term use of Dasaquin for beginning hip dysplasia in my 3 yr. old Old English Sheepdog harmful in any way. She's been on it daily for over 1year. My vet said no studies showed any harmful effects. Thank you,

Answer:Right, it seems very very safe and many dogs have been on it for many years.

Date: Feb 25, 2020
Category: Hip Dysplasia
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: What medication

Question:I have a 5 year old female boxer that had TPL done on both back legs 1 1/2 years ago & found she has hip dysplasia and shes showing signs of it now what medication do you recommend to give her to help with it ?

Answer:There are so many treatment options, I will attach our article detailing many of these but the article was written a couple years ago and there are even more, so contact your veterinarian to see what might be available in your area and right for your dog (like laser therapy, acupuncture, hydrotherapy, stem cell therapy, physical therapy, etc.). Here is a link to many over-the-counter and prescription options: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/cats-dogs-arthritis-treatment-2.htm

Date: Feb 24, 2020
Category: Hip Dysplasia
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Labrador health issue

Question:Labrador 6.5 years old..not so obese but is healthy..from past 2 weeks his hind legs are weak he is not walking properly..he is walking but not in the right way he is having problem...i am worried if its a case of hip dysplasia..please guide me..i am giving him joint support tabs..multivitamins and calcium tabs..please help

Answer:I would really need to examine him to really help you and determine exactly what is going on. There are MANY causes of limping. So many that I will attach a link to our article about limping that lists many of them in the first paragraph and then goes on to recommend various over-the-counter and prescription medications, but see your veterinarian for a diagnosis if the limping continues: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/limping-in-dogs-and-cats-2.htm

Date: Feb 6, 2020
Category: Hip Dysplasia
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hips

Question:I have a pitbull mix possibly Dane, he turned a year in January, Ive had him since April of last year. We have been fighting him to gain weight in his hip area, he has started to sway when walking or standing, not being as active. Ive noticed that one of his hip bones is a little higher than the other. Im looking for help before I make a big deal about it because my vet is expensive

Answer:He needs an x-ray to really know exactly what is going on - a treatment plan will be based on the x-rays. Tell your veterinarian that you have financial concerns and most will work with you. Here is a link to our article about hip dysplasia with potential treatment options, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/hip-dysplasia-dogs-2.htm

Date: Jan 28, 2020
Category: Hip Dysplasia
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Treatment for hip dysplasia

Question:I have a 4 year old female black lab who has been for 2 years now limping after playing and running a lot. Within the past year it has become worse, more limping with her back leg, wont put it on the ground, bunny hopping, stairs are a task and after playing all day she can barely move. I did research and started her on MSM Dasuquin chews and thought they were helping a lot. But within the past 2 months it has gotten worse. Wont play much, stairs are very hard. We have carried her a few times. Not sure what else to try besides an X-ray to verify dysplasia and maybe prescriptions!?

Answer:Yeah, she definitely needs x-rays because it could be her knee, you need to know the severity, etc. Sometimes surgery is recommended. It's really good that she takes the MSM Dasuquin because that will help a lot in the long run but it basically does nothing for pain so yes, prescription medication will help much more with the actual discomfort. Then depending on exactly what is wrong and what's available in your area, your veterinarian may recommend laser therapy, acupuncture, hydrotherapy, physical therapy, etc. - lots of options.


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