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Question:Hi Doctor Dym, Thank you for answering our questions! My dog, Tacoma is a 4 year old pit bull mix that we adopted from the shelter. She started showing signs of having ¿sore hips¿ soon after we adopted her. Our vet performed an exam (without diagnostics) and told us tha she probably had some dysplasia. She is sore a lot, we live on 3 acres and she loves to run and play and won¿t stop. What can we do for supplemental pain control after long days? She seems to love my heating pad on her hips, is heat ok? Thanks in advance. Jen
Answer:In general, like human physical therapy, we use heat before exercise to warm the joint up and then cool after exercise to decrease the inflammation. 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/cats-dogs-arthritis-treatment-2.htm
Question:Can hip surgery be done on a16 year old dog. He is very healthy otherwise.
Answer:Yes, but your veterinarian will really need to do a good bit of blood work, x-rays etc to be sure he is an ok anesthetic candidate.
Question:Hi there, I have a 4 month old Labrador retriever, who I feed one cup of puppy food three times a day. Whenever he runs for something he has a bunny hop like spring, is this something I need to worry about at 4 months? Or is it something puppies grow out of?
Answer:I would need to examine him to really help you. He should be right near the end of his puppy vaccines so have your veterinarian watch him walk, run and then palpate his hind limbs really well to see what is going on. It is unusual to bunny hop like that without some kind of an issue.
Question:I have a 18 1/2 year old maltese. He has H D. Has lost most of his teeth. Is there anything in a liquid I can give him for pain?
Answer:Yes, Metacam is a really good liquid pain medication. Here is a link if you would like to read about it, with the price: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Metacam-prod10588.html
Question:I am currently researching stem cell transplant for an eight-year-old Rottweiler I have researched several companies that uses them so it¿s not taken from the dog have you heard of anything and there effectiveness? They are human derivative stem cells which a vet will implant. The dog currently is on high levels of Glucosamine supplements put out by ElleVet mobility It seems to be helping I¿m looking for a cure not a Band-Aid
Answer:I am not currently using stem cells for hip dysplasia in my practice, so I am not going to be very helpful, especially with efficacy vs cost. A veterinary orthopedic specialist in your area would be a good person to ask.
Question:I have a 10 1/2 yr old GS Mix he's a big boy 140lbs who has Hip Dysplasia diagnosed by my Vet, he recommended Phycox Max for him, he's been on this for some time now and his dysplasia is getting worse. Is there a Supplement that works better or is the "Best", everything I read it appears there all pretty much the same especially when you get to the Max ones. We walk three times a day and he determines how long he wants to go, I think one problem is he's always jumped out of the pickup I now have a step and a ramp and to be honest neither work that well, any suggestions would be appreciated.
Answer:That is one of the best supplements - I would leave him on it but it sounds like it is time to add something else for pain. A joint supplement doesn't do much of anything for pain, it just lessens the amount of arthritis (and pain) he will have in the future. There are many options for pain relief, starting with something totally free : weight loss. Here is a link to a lot of treatment options, both over-the-counter and prescription: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/cats-dogs-arthritis-treatment-2.htm
Question:3 Year old German Shepard yipes and cries with certain movements. But runs and plays without any problem. No tender spots or anything that causes pain when examining her. No sluggishness or any other symptoms.
Answer:I would have to do a physical exam on him/her to really offer you any kind of useful information. Audibly crying out like that can be back, neck pain but shepherds aren't really predisposed, so it could really be anything - see your veterinarian if it continues.
Question: If you have an x-ray of a dogs back and hind legs , is it possible to diagnose a genetic problem with the dog if their is a problem with the dog's skeletel structure? Or could it be some type of injury?
Answer:I don't really know what is going on with your dog - like I can't tell what "it" is in your second sentence, so it's hard to answer this question. Many genetic problems that have to do with the dog's skeletal structure can be seen on x-rays - bones and problems with them show up nicely in general.
Question:Our boxer has developed hip dysplacia. Sometimes while walking one, sometimes both rear hips collapse. What can be done?
Answer:There are so many treatment options for hip dysplasia, I will attach our article about this at the end of this answer. The article mentions some over-the-counter options and various surgeries and there are many prescription medications and other treatment options like acupuncture, laser therapy, physical therapy, hydrotherapy, etc. https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/hip-dysplasia-treatment-dogs-2.htm
Question:What non-prwrscription pain meds can I give my dog? Is there a chewable medicine? He's 12 yr old English Bulldog.. Buddy. With bad teeth. A rescue. Please help.!
Answer:The prescription medications work much better but here are a couple of over-the-counter options: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Buffered+Aspirin-prod11968.html https://www.1800petmeds.com/T+Relief+Tablets-prod10795.html Here are some other ideas for the treatment of hip dysplasia: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/hip-dysplasia-treatment-dogs-2.htm
Question:He¿s currently taking hip supplement plus a pain reliever and antiflammoty is there anything else he can take to help him
Answer:I wish I knew exactly which supplement and exactly which painreliever/anti-inflammatory - there are MANY - some better than others. Feel free to write me back with that information and how much your dog weighs and the strength of the medication. There are MANY other modalities now to help relieve pain - so many that I will attach our article that goes into detail about many of them, but there are even more now than when that article was written, like cold laser therapy, injectable polysulfated glycosaminoglycan, acupuncture, physical therapy, hydrotherapy, etc etc so consult your veterinarian about which ones are available near you and might be right for your dog. https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/cats-dogs-arthritis-treatment-2.htm
Question:I have a special animal that I believe the Vet told us he has hip dysplasia. He is getting worse quickly. We had considered a doggie wheelchair for him maybe to get around since he keeps collapsing because of his hind legs. I saw an article that said something about joint supplements. I am very new to all of this so I don't know what all to give him but I want to do EVERYTHING I can that may be a good option for him. What can I buy him??
Answer:A joint supplement is a good idea but you won't see much improvement on one - it mainly helps decrease the amount of arthritis he will have in the future. It sounds like he needs a good pain reliever - there are many. If his condition is so sever that you think he needs a wheelchair, he definitely needs prescription strength pain relief so see your veterinarian for pain relief options. (In general, we only use wheelchairs for neurologic issues - with orthopedic issues, it is important to keep the musculature strong to support the joints.) Here is a link to many of the treatment options we are discussing: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/cats-dogs-arthritis-treatment-2.htm
Question:I have a 9 mo old newfie with hip dysplasia. My breeder is very much against a TPO, the joint not mature until 2 years of age. I am torn as she recommends the above technique but the ortho recommends a TPO. Can you tell me the latest in avoiding subsequent arthritic pain?
Answer:There is no "Fishing line technique" for hip dysplasia - she is thinking about a torn cruciate ligament in the knee. If the orthopedic surgeon is board certified, I would listen to them.
Question:My Lab-Chow mix seems to have hip dysplasia, he's 15 to 18 years old, having issues walking, standing or backing up.
Answer:Prescription medications offer a lot more relief, but there are many over-the-counter options as well. So many that I will refer you to this link that covers many of them in detail: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/hip-dysplasia-treatment-dogs-2.htm
Question: I have a two-year-old St. Bernard and weighs about 115 pounds and I can tell that she is starting to show signs of hip dysplasia and I would like to know what would be the best supplements to use daily to help with the dysplasia and should she be on any pain meds???
Answer:There are many supplement options - one with glucosamine, chondroitin & MSM would be good for her like this one: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Cosequin+DS+Chewables+Plus+MSM-prod11174.html Whether she should be on pain meds or not depends on the severity and her discomfort level - I would have to examine her to determine that so consult your veterinarian about the pain meds.