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I just found out that my 1 year old has hip dysplasia. Is there anything that I can do to make her more comfortable? I heard glucosamine helps. Any suggestions????
 

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To my understanding, a lot of dogs have dysplasia but will have no symptoms if the hips are not stressed. At this young age, I would let your dog enjoy fun things that do not cause symptoms of pain and suffering. Jumping is the biggest stress on hips so keep that to a minimum. If you are in a dog sport that requires a lot of jumping, you may want to re-think this activity. Of course to what degree the dysplasia is, will make a big difference in how you move forward
 
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I would get her started on a good supplement like Dasuquin. Swimming is excellent exercise to build the muscles in the hips without causing further damage. Did they tell you what grade her displaysia is at?
 

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we are not in any sport. she is strictly our pet. we don't breed her or show her. she is our daughter and will go to great lengths so that she can live a healthy life even it means a hip replacement.
 

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Have you looked into stem cell therapy? I have heard there has been great success with treating hd with stem cells. May be worth having your vet and you look into it
 

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My vet guesses that all of the puppies from Zeus's litter (whoever they might be) all have some grade or will have some grade of hip dysplasia due to his fabulous breeding. I'm sure those numbers are probably much greater in the "Giant warlock bred" world.... However none of them are probably tested :p

I don't know many people who go out looking for giant dobes that are the type to have the hips xrayed at a young age to check for hip dysplasia, even if it is apparent to the trained eye.
 

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HD can be treated in a number of ways from ultra conservative to super invasive. The key is, what is your level?

If she is basically comfortable except after long hikes or a lot of ball play, then just some glucosamine and chondroiton and limiting those activities might be all that is needed for now.

If she can barely walk now (limping, dragging feet) and is very painful, then maybe some surgical options might be warrented. Surgical procedures can vary as well. An FHO is least expensive and can have good results all the way up to total hip replacement surgery.

It all comes down to her level of comfort, and your ability to medically and financially deal with what comes down the road.

Good luck to you and positive thoughts being sent your way.
 

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we are not in any sport. she is strictly our pet. we don't breed her or show her. she is our daughter and will go to great lengths so that she can live a healthy life even it means a hip replacement.
So, I remember you hotly defending your choice to pay a BYB not once, but twice, and saying you would "deal with" any issues that came up in future, when the health risks were pointed out to you.

For the pup's sake, I really hate that things bore out the way they looked like they would.

This is why we continually tell folks that a "just a pet" needs the same health testing, thought, and care behind it as the show dog and competition dog.

Now you're faced with a painful pet who will need $urgery in all likelihood.

Please do get her to an ortho specialist and a board certified surgeon if she needs TPO--and I am sure they will tell you she will need the surgery sooner rather than later, for a good outcome.

Much luck to your pup, hope she does end up being able to have a happy life that does not involve too much pain and discomfort.
 

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OP - rather than asking for treatment recommendations on an internet forum, it would be in your dog's best interest to be seen by an orthopedic specialist that can determine which treatments / procedures / supplements are appropriate.


From OFA statistics, 6.1% of tested Dobermans have HD.
I tend to think OFA's number is low and that the sample set is skewed given the folks that are most likely to have OFA certifications done on their dogs.
 

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Who said that Freya was a giant dobe. Not me!!!! she is actually small. I didn't take her to get checked for hd. she has been limping on her back leg so i took her to find out what was wrong. is that so bad????
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I was just asking for suggestions because I have never had this happen before. We are actually making an appointment at the LSU Vet Hospital to get a second opinion.
Please let us know what the ortho specialist says.

Vibes for your girl.
 
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