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Hip dysplasia

I posted on here about 3 weeks ago that my beautiful Belle seemed to struggle a bit when she would get up from a lying down position. Wasn't really sure and thought maybe I was just being my worrisome self. I decided to make an appointment with her vet just to really make myself feel better thinking she would be just fine. She will be 1 yrs old on i/6and she has been regularly checked by her vet and has had no real issues.

So my vet was like well she is still pretty young but let's take some x-rays and see what or if anything is going on with her hips. He had to sedate her to get her to lay down and roll over. She does not like being forced to roll over. Has never been her thing. She is not aggressive just will fight to stay on all 4's. He called us back to the x-ray room and proceeds to show us the x-rays and explain she has pretty significant hip dysplasia in both hips. Discussed options and basically said at this age to start her on Bioflex 2 tablets a day. If she seems to get worse then we could start doing the injections and basically she would get worse as time goes on. Not exactly what I expected to hear and my heart was crushed. More so for the fact that my baby girl will be in pain. I am still trying to come to terms and figure out what is best for her. The breeder we got her from supposedly had the parents tested for hip dysplasia and they were negative. She has a 1 year guarantee but really what good is that to me. I would never give her up. She is mine. So basically I just texted the breeder to let her know what the vet has said and of course as I expected I received no response. The vet indicates there is noway the parents both came back negative with the severity of the hip dysplasia. Any one have to go through this with their dobie? Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Oh no! Iím so sorry.

Give the little girl a kiss and a hug from me.
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Oh, man... that sucks. Did the vet mention any options other than supplements and painkillers? There are surgeries that can help in a lot of cases.

Do you know if her sire and dam were evaluated by OFA or PennHIP? That's no guarantee, since parents who pass the evaluations can sometimes produce dysplastic offspring, but breeding dogs with good hips helps stack the deck in favor of the pups having good hips.


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Oh no! Iím so sorry.

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Thanks Melbrod. I will give her plenty. We love her regardless and will do what is needed as long as she is happy.
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Oh, man... that sucks. Did the vet mention any options other than supplements and painkillers? There are surgeries that can help in a lot of cases.

Do you know if her sire and dam were evaluated by OFA or PennHIP? That's no guarantee, since parents who pass the evaluations can sometimes produce dysplastic offspring, but breeding dogs with good hips helps stack the deck in favor of the pups having good hips.
He mentioned injections that she could do and apparently these help for a long period of time. I discussed PRP with him but I am not sure this has been used in canines. I think it was mainly focused on what we do at this point as she is fairly young and she only shows a little struggle when she is lying down for a good period of time and then goes to get up. She never pels or wines but I have noticed she is not as quick as she use to be.
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See if you can find a good rehab doctor. There was a Dalmatian running agility and they didn't know he had dysplasia until this dr looked at him. Had done a lot of rehab with him and he is still in agility. He just loved working so much and was very stoic with his pain.
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