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My poor little Coco has no luck it seems. About a week ago she seemed to be favoring her back right leg for some reason. Brought her to the vet today to be told I need to now go to an orthopedic to have her checked for Hip Dysplasia. I'm a little concerned about the diagnosis from the vet(Bunny hopping) as she always runs like that on linoleum, tile, and other slick surfaces. If she is running on grass/dirt each leg moves independently. Is there anything else she may be doing that dogs of 9 months would be showing a chance of dysplasia? I think my biggest fear is that she will never have any sort of quality of life going forward and she can't play as hard as she loves to now. I would just hate to go to this specialist tomorrow, drop $750 bucks only to find out she has a sprain. Not to mention I would not be amused with my vet...

Anyone with experiences with dysplasia in a Doberman? how did you handle it, how was their life? Did you pursue surgery? Thanks all.
 

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Hip Dysplasia

My poor little Coco has no luck it seems. About a week ago she seemed to be favoring her back right leg for some reason. Brought her to the vet today to be told I need to now go to an orthopedic to have her checked for Hip Dysplasia. I'm a little concerned about the diagnosis from the vet(Bunny hopping) as she always runs like that on linoleum, tile, and other slick surfaces. If she is running on grass/dirt each leg moves independently. Is there anything else she may be doing that dogs of 9 months would be showing a chance of dysplasia? I think my biggest fear is that she will never have any sort of quality of life going forward and she can't play as hard as she loves to now. I would just hate to go to this specialist tomorrow, drop $750 bucks only to find out she has a sprain. Not to mention I would not be amused with my vet...

Anyone with experiences with dysplasia in a Doberman? how did you handle it, how was their life? Did you pursue surgery? Thanks all.
PotentialDobby: It was mentioned in our vet check today that my 4 1/2 month old dobe might have hip dysplasia too. The vet saw the bunny hopping and her gait. We were told to do x-rays to further check and diagnose. My vet said we could do fish oil and glucosamine supplements and see if it helps her. He said we should notice a difference within 4 weeks if it will help. Good luck and let me know what you learn!
 

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Did the sire/dam of your pup have their hips evaluated?

PotentialDobby: It was mentioned in our vet check today that my 4 1/2 month old dobe might have hip dysplasia too. The vet saw the bunny hopping and her gait. We were told to do x-rays to further check and diagnose. My vet said we could do fish oil and glucosamine supplements and see if it helps her. He said we should notice a difference within 4 weeks if it will help. Good luck and let me know what you learn!
 

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I'm not sure why you're being sent to an orthopedic specialist until you know for sure if this dog has HD. Did your vet do xrays? Any vet should be able to xray the hips and send them to OFA for evaluation...in my area, this would be less than $300.

Obviously I'd be going to an orthopedic person if I knew the dog had HD, but I sure wouldn't want to be paying specialist prices until I needed to do so!

Hip dysplasia isn't very common in this breed, and I've never had to deal with it. But I gather they can do hip replacement surgery. Expensive, but generally with good results if done on young dogs.
 

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My rescue boy, who is 6 years old, has bilateral hip dysplasia. He went lame several months ago and I brought him to an orthopedic to figure out what our options were. The xrays confirmed that while he indeed had bilateral hip dysplasia and arthritis in both hip joints, the situation was not dire enough to warrant surgery. Luckily a few days later Zeus was back to his normal self and hasn't taken a lame step since. I have since made sure to keep him fit (he is now roughly 80lbs when back in October 2011 he was 87lbs and too fat) and keep him active (playing fetch and/or going to doggie daycare daily) while being sure to avoid pushing him too far (not too much jumping or overly strenuous activity). Zeus does do the bunny hop thing, but is overwise fine getting up and down the stairs (we live in a raised ranch), getting up from laying down, etc. Due to his food allergies, I haven't been able to find a glucosamine supplement that we can use, but the vet did highly recommend this for dogs with joint issues.

Best of luck with you little one. Please keep us posted.
 

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I'm not sure why you're being sent to an orthopedic specialist until you know for sure if this dog has HD. Did your vet do xrays? Any vet should be able to xray the hips and send them to OFA for evaluation...in my area, this would be less than $300.

Obviously I'd be going to an orthopedic person if I knew the dog had HD, but I sure wouldn't want to be paying specialist prices until I needed to do so!

Hip dysplasia isn't very common in this breed, and I've never had to deal with it. But I gather they can do hip replacement surgery. Expensive, but generally with good results if done on young dogs.
This thread is a few months old. According to later threads, the OP's dog is not dysplastic: http://www.dobermantalk.com/doberman-health/67697-not-sure-what-do-point.html.

Regarding any vet being able to take hip x-rays: I'm not so sure that this is true. Some vets do such a lousy job of positioning that any kind of meaningful hip evaluation is not possible. If a vet suggested that someone else was more qualified to do this than he/she was, I would kinda take their word for it LOL!
 

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Regarding any vet being able to take hip x-rays: I'm not so sure that this is true. Some vets do such a lousy job of positioning that any kind of meaningful hip evaluation is not possible. If a vet suggested that someone else was more qualified to do this than he/she was, I would kinda take their word for it LOL!
LOL, OK you've got me there. I agree, if a vet told me to take my dog somewhere else for a hip xray, I'd take their word for it! I should have said any *COMPETENT* vet should be able to do a decent xray of hips, good enough for OFA to determine if a dog is dysplastic or not.

My point was I just wouldn't spend the money on a specialist unless/until it was needed. I sure have never scrimped on using them when it was necessary, but I don't think anyone needs to go to an orthopedic specialist just to find out if their dog is dyspastic or not.

Dang-I looked at the date on the post above mine, and it was dated yesterday...
 

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If anyone is still reading this a dog can not be OFA read until 2 years of age did anyone think to tell this person it might be Pano something that the pup might out grow soon there can be other reasons for limping besides HD.
Had a American Staffordshire Terrier with 4+ Hip dysplasia back when they first were doing hip replacements at $5,000.00 a hip. I gave her Ascription (aspirin with Maloxx in it) she did fairly well for may years but then was Put to sleep due to pain at about 10years old.
 

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If anyone is still reading this a dog can not be OFA read until 2 years of age .
Actually, preliminary hip xrays can be evaluated with a high degree of accuracy from four months of age onward. HIps can't be permanently certified until 24 months, but OFA can certainly look at and give their opinion on rads done of dogs younger than that.

http://www.offa.org/hd_prelims.html
 

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Sorry its a different question but but I had a question regarding this I hope you could answer. I know OFA doesnt do the actual certifications until 2 years, but they sometimes to pre-lims from 18 months I believe? Over here our system under the BVA you can have hips xrayed from 12 months onwards for the certifications. Ive read that the dog can have much worse results under 2 years as the bones are still 'settling' is this true? My boys sire were tested at just over 1 year and still has good results...

@ OP, I hope everything is sorted quickly for you both. I have no direct experience with HD but I have heard of cases in it very young.

Thanks :)
 

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Sorry its a different question but but I had a question regarding this I hope you could answer. I know OFA doesnt do the actual certifications until 2 years, but they sometimes to pre-lims from 18 months I believe? Over here our system under the BVA you can have hips xrayed from 12 months onwards for the certifications. Ive read that the dog can have much worse results under 2 years as the bones are still 'settling' is this true? My boys sire were tested at just over 1 year and still has good results...

@ OP, I hope everything is sorted quickly for you both. I have no direct experience with HD but I have heard of cases in it very young.

Thanks :)
See the link to OFA I posted above. They'll do prelims on puppies as young as 4 months of age. There's a high degree of accuracy, however, the better the prelim grade, the more likely it is to stay the same.
 

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I would recommend finding a chiropractic vet. AS the entire problem could me related to an injury. These guys do play rough. Correct it now and you will avoid problems down the road if it is due to a misalignment of the hip or spine.
 

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For the record, the ortho specialist we used said the hip replacement cannot be performed on still growing puppies. The size of the implant, and proper fitting into the femur, can't happen til the growth plates have closed. BE VERY CAREFUL with a HD puppy. We didn't know her hip was bad (really, who expects that in a puppy) until she was running and playing with our boy one day and fell down screaming. It had dislocated. The e vet didn't catch it, and we lost the window for it to be fixed less drastically. She had to have FHO (head of femur removed) since she was too young for THR.
 

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I would recommend finding a chiropractic vet. AS the entire problem could me related to an injury. These guys do play rough. Correct it now and you will avoid problems down the road if it is due to a misalignment of the hip or spine.
Dysplasia is a malformation... it is not due to injury. Would it not make more sense to have proper diagnstics done as a first step, as versed to seeing a chiropractor?
 

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Dysplasia is a malformation... it is not due to injury. Would it not make more sense to have proper diagnstics done as a first step, as versed to seeing a chiropractor?
I am a big fan of holistic treatments - accupuncture, chiro, etc. HOWEVER, I would always get a diagnosis FIRST then seek out the treatments. My 9 yr old Vizsla started limping occasionally, then it was 4-5 times in 6 months, mostly left front leg, sometimes right. Before doing anything, I had a vet visit with xrays. Got a diagnosis and now I can decide what treatments to continue. Arthritis C4-5-6 so I think both chiro and accunpuncture might be able to help. But again, I would NOT treat without a definitive diagnosis.
 
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