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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: Jul 26, 2017
Category: Hip Dysplasia
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: difficulty standing, walking

Question:My 11 year old Alaskan Malamute/Husky mix started showing signs of hip and back leg pain a few months ago. Our vet prescribed Deramaxx. He immediately started having side effects: vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite. Vet encouraged to continue with meds. His mobility steadily declined and also stopped drinking, and weakened to the point of being of not being able to move without help. We did stop the Deramaxx and my dog improved with everything except mobility. He has severe back leg weakness & trouble standing. We carried him into vet office for labs, xrays, and exam. He was so afraid he had to be tranquilized just to allow the exam. Now he has been so traumatized he wont go into any vet office. And the vet wont prescribe anything else to help with stiffness or arthritic pain. Is there anything I can obtain without a rx to help? It is heart breaking to see him struggle so much.

Answer:It sounds like he really needs one of the stronger, prescription NSAIDS like Rimadyl /Novox or Metacam (Meloxicam) but you can try an aspirin-based product like this one: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Excel+Aspirin-prod11224.html Also get him on a joint supplement like Dasuquin or this off brand one: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Super+Joint+Enhancer-prod10496.html New(ish) studies are also showing that essential fatty acids are helpful for joints, so you can try a product like this as well: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Super+Pure+Omega+3+-prod10910.html

Date: Jul 21, 2017
Category: Hip Dysplasia
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Gsd

Question:I rescued a GSD from a person that wasn't caring for him and hurting him he has a limp to his right back leg I was wondering if it could be hip Dysplasia Or mybe just an injury I can't get him into the vet until next week just wounding if I should start him on joint meds now or just wait

Answer:It could be hip dysplasia, but it can be many other things (strain, sprain, cruciate rupture, pododermatitis, osteosarcoma, etc etc etc) so I would definitely get a diagnosis from your veterinarian before you start any kind of treatment.

Date: Jul 13, 2017
Category: Hip Dysplasia
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hotspots, hip dysphasia ear

Question:Why do dogs get hotspots and what are do I do to get rid of them? How do I prevent hip dysarthria? And my dog keeps scratching by her ear? What does that mean and how do I stop it? And she scratches like crazy I gave her a bath I brushed her please let me know what I can do and what she has??

Answer:Any kind of an initial irritation to their skin can cause a hot spot, then as they scratch and chew at one area, they break the skin and it gets secondarily infected and snow-balls from there. Allergies are probably the most common cause in dogs - especially if she has itchy ears as well. There are many treatments for allergies - I will copy a link to our page discussing allergies and various treatments at the end of this. The only thing you have control over to help prevent hip dysplasia is to keep your dog a normal size or even slightly lean. Low impact exercising like swimming can help build muscles to support the joints as well. The rest is pretty much genetics. https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/allergies-dog-cat-9.htm

Date: Jul 3, 2017
Category: Hip Dysplasia
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Which surgery

Question:I have an almost 1 year old pit lab mix and he has hip dysplaysia we've been feeding him vitiams in a chewable tab form made for dogs but I was wondering what surgery would be best for him since we hate seeing him in pain and are strongly considering it

Answer:The perfect surgery depends on many things -consult a veterinary orthopedic surgeon with his radiographs for your best advice.

Date: Jun 20, 2017
Category: Hip Dysplasia
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: treatment

Question:What can I do for my dog she has a limp I have her on anti flam a tory she has that hip problem she can walk but not that good I'm eorried

Answer:I would follow the prescribed medications and directions of your local veterinarian. I would add some joint supplements such as Super joint enhancer and Be well from 1800petmeds, in addition to antioxidants like proanthozone, which all are great for long term support of joints and/or arthritis prevention and/or treatment. If signs persist or worsen, see your vet for possibly additional, prescription pain medication such as Gabapentin or Tramadol if limping still an issue. Vet should of course do x rays if signs persist or worsen.

Date: Jun 1, 2017
Category: Hip Dysplasia
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Puppy with hip dysplasia

Question:My female had a litter I kept the runt she is showing many signs of hip dysplasia I have been told by several people who have had dogs with this and they put them down I am trying to go about this situation in a different manner especially being she is 5 1/2 months old. I am curious as to what I can do also if giving her low dosage of growth hormone would help the situation at all please inform me as to my options and also if the growth hormone is an option as well thanks for your time Sincerely Adelard j Moyen

Answer:1st of all - make sure it is hip dysplasia - knee abnormalities can be more common, depending on her breed. 2nd of all - you don't need to euthanize your dog because it has hip dysplasia (or knee abnormalities) - there are many types of treatments available for them. But of all the treatments, "low dosage of growth hormone" is NOT one of them, in fact studies have shown that we need to slow down their growth - "Large Breed Puppy" foods are LOWER in calories to achieve this, so work with your veterinarian to establish a definitive diagnosis for your puppy and make a plan for them.

Date: Jun 1, 2017
Category: Hip Dysplasia
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: weak back legs

Question:Hi my Cavalier is 10 years old and she has bad hip dysplacia and spinal arthritis Shes been quite bad lately and we have her on Rymidal and supplements. Its worked on the pain side of things but her back legs are still weak. There seems to be no muscle tone in her back legs. She keeps kind of stumbling and suddenly her leg or legs give way. We dont have any places to swim or accupunture therapists where we live. Is there anything we can do. Some days she still runs and manages to grt around.

Answer:Probably one of the most important things to do is to keep getting her up for multiple short walks as long as she isn't painful - this keeps her muscles working, at least a little, so her muscles don't atrophy. Consider cold laser therapy - many regular veterinarians have these now - consider traveling to see a veterinarian who has a cold laser and is trained in acupuncture - these 2 treatments seem to work well especially for spinal issues.

Date: May 30, 2017
Category: Hip Dysplasia
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Dealing with Hip Dysplacia

Question:Hi my Cavalier is 10 years old and she has bad hip dysplacia. Shes been quite bad lately and we have her on Rymidal and supplements. Its worked on the pain side of things but her back legs are still weak. Im worried about taking her to the vets. If shes handled shes very stiff and has trouble getting up. How do i get in the car and out without making her worse?

Answer:Most Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are small enough to pick up and put in the car - plan her trip to the vet around when someone can help you put her into the car. Then call ahead to your vet and have someone come out to the car to help get her out. Hip dysplasia is kind of unusual in Cavaliers - they are much more predisposed to knee problems and back problems so be sure of the diagnosis. There are many different things that would probably help her though: cold laser therapy, swimming or hydrotherapy, acupuncture, etc.

Date: May 16, 2017
Category: Hip Dysplasia
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: What OTC med to use before vet visit

Question:My 6 yr old cavachon started limping after a long walk last weekend, has a difficult time jumping onto the sofa lately and doesn't put much weight on her back leg - and yes she is overweight. Is there an OTC med I could give her for pain before she sees the vet next week? Thanks.

Answer:When a quadruped hurts a limb, they kind of have built-in crutches, in that they can rest the hurt limb by just using their other 3 limbs. I would really shy away from pain medications right now for her until she is examined by your veterinarian because they can cause more harm than good - like if she has partially torn her cruciate ligament (a relatively common and quite possible issue) and you give her pain meds she may start prematurely bearing weight and fully tear her cruciate ligament necessitating a pretty big surgery when it may have been able to heal on it's own. Limit her activity as much as you can until her vet visit for this reason as well. (Oh, and start her diet now - cut her calories almost in half - people seem alarmed when I say that but whatever amount you are feeding her right now has made her overweight so cutting it a little will just be a maintenance dosage and she will maintain her current weight - add to that I just told you to limit her activity, so she won't be burning any calories). Good Luck!

Date: May 9, 2017
Category: Hip Dysplasia
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Confused if its Hip Dysplasia

Question:Sir, My labrador is 4 months old. And one of my friend suspects that my dog is on going with this hip desease. I have read alot about this desease but i am unable to associate these signs to my dog. He is playful , eats food regularly , climb stairs and sleeps well. Sometimes he is aggressive with his behavior as in bitting human hands, pullling shirts and pants from his teeth and barking. Please suggest me something. Thanks

Answer:I can't tell if your puppy has hip dysplasia from this amount of information - in fact, I would have to examine him &/or radiograph (x-ray) his hips to know for sure, so have your veterinarian check him when you can.

Date: Apr 27, 2017
Category: Hip Dysplasia
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Options for an older german sheppard?

Question:Hi, Our german sheppard is 14 years old, who started showing signs of hip dysplasia a couple of years ago. We've taken her to therapy every week since we found out (water treadmill, acupuncture, etc.). We love her and she knows she's loved, but lately it's been getting bad. She's still her old self and gets excited when we come home or make her food for breakfast/dinner. Even at times she'll try and still chase squirrels. It's sad to see her at such an old age have so much life to her that's being hindered by her hip dysplasia. Is there any treatment you can think of for a german sheppard in her condition (old, but healthy) with hip dysplasia?

Answer:The only treatments you mentioned were water treadmill and acupuncture, which are both great but it sounds like she needs more help. Consider cold laser therapy. I would have her on a glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM supplement. I would also have her on high doses on Omega 3 Fatty Acids. I try to put off starting NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like Rimadyl and metacam) as long as I can because of their side effects but they are really what gives them the most relief from their pain a lot of the time. You can play with the dosage and avoid the side effects most of the time (lower daily dosage or every other day dosage, or use only on bad days, etc).

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.


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