Ask the Vet About Hip Dysplasia in Dogs
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Question:Hi, I have a 2 year old German Shepard/Shar Pei (amongst other breeds but predominantly these) male, neutered. We are 99.9% sure he has hip dysplasia to some degree. I have had him on Cosequin since he turned 1 year old. We have noticed some success and notice that now that he is on the “maitnence” dose that it continues to help. I have a few questions....Is Dausaquin better than Cosequin? Should I and if so when should I give him a break from supplements so he does not become immune to them? If I do give him a break, for how long? Thank You for your time and help!
Answer:Cosequin & Dasuquin carry many different products each but are very similar, so look at the active ingredients of the one your are choosing and compare the active ingredients. The ones with MSM are superior.
Question:I’m just noticing the beginning symptoms of hip dysplasia in my 8 year old German Shepherd dog. I’m giving him supplements. Is there anything else I can do for him? I’m worried about him!
Answer:Be sure he is a healthy weight for his frame. 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 right for your dog and available in your area. Here is a link to our article about treating hip dysplasia with many over-the-counter and prescription options & surgical considerations: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/hip-dysplasia-treatment-dogs-2.html
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.
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
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
Question:I have a 7 year old German Shepherd who suddenly couldn?t lift his hind legs, the vet we went to said he has hip dysplasia and if he isn?t better in the next two days we should put him down if he isn?t eating or anything but he still is eating normal and is still very alert & wants to get up and run around but he can?t 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.)
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.
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 she?s 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
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
Question:I have a pitbull mix possibly Dane, he turned a year in January, I?ve 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. I?ve noticed that one of his hip bones is a little higher than the other. I?m 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
Question:my pitbull just started not being able to use his hind legs. he drags them behind him when he moves. this all started out nowhere. im taking him to vet tomorrow. but im wondering what the problem is?
Answer:I would need to examine him to really help you - could be orthopedic or neurologic or even something else causing extreme weakness, so I'm glad you have an appointment with your veterinarian.
Question:What to do for our 7lb poodle constipation?
Answer:First of all, be sure it is constipation. Get a good look directly at the feces to check it's consistency. Straining from diarrhea is much more common that than constipation and treating for one condition can make the other a lot worse, as you can imagine.
Question:Is there an alternative to Galliprant . Less expensive
Answer:I don't know of a generic for Galliprant that has come out yet. It is an NSAID and there are other NSAIDs that have generics like this one: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Novox+Carprofen+++Generic+to+Rimadyl-prod10930.html
Question:My question is I have a 5 year old lab and her right hip and leg is hurting her and she has I'm having a hard time getting up walking around but some days it doesn't her bother her buy the last couple days it's been bothering her a lot so is there something that you can help me do or tell me to do thank you
Answer: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
Question:Hello, I just received my order of Novox from 1 800 Pet Meds, but the pills are brown and ordorous. I used to get my prescription directly from my vet, but I moved. The pills from them were white and didn?t have an odor. Do you carry this pill?
Answer:Those are the chewable kind - most dogs prefer them, but not all. I can't find that we carry the plain tablets, but they may be able to order them for you - call the 1-800-Petmeds phone number and speak with someone.