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My new best friend Samson is a 4 1/2 month old rotty. I got him from Craigslist at 6 weeks old and 6.6 lbs., so that was my mistake and I should have known better. I can鈥檛 change the past, so I鈥檓 looking at what鈥檚 next. My sister says that we don鈥檛 find our dogs, they find us. Maybe she鈥檚 right.

Anyway, we noticed about a month and a half ago that he looked to be having trouble getting up, but we kept thinking it was the slippery wood flooring. Well last Friday he didn鈥檛 want to get up and when he did he would squeak in pain.

I got him into the vet today because I feared he might have hip displaysia and my fears would be confirmed. Both hips are pretty jacked according to the vet and I have no idea what kind of quality of life this guy is going to live, but I鈥檓 going to do my best to give him a good one.

I don鈥檛 want this to be a sympathy or an attack on me thread. I鈥檓 looking for ideas on how to best help him. I would appreciate any recommendations on hollistic supplements diets that actually work and aren鈥檛 snake oil.

I already have an appointment in November for him to see an orthopedic surgeon for an evaluation and further recommendations. Below is his hip x-ray from yesterday. Vet says they are both bad and he doesn鈥檛 think there will be any appreciable improvements as he grows. Not what I wanted to hear. 馃槩

Please let me know your thoughts and opinions on his X-Ray? Thank you.


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I'm sorry that you have joined the forums under these circumstances. For sure Sampson is a cutie!!
My first Rottweiler Bruno, was diagnosed very young with HD. He was also a HUGE, oversized Rottweiler...which did not help. He was started on Glucosamine/chondroitin/MSM right away...and we also gave him wild salmon oil along with vitamin E. We fed him Adult Large Breed food...and kept him off of puppy food so he would grow slowly and gain weight slowly.

We really watched his amounts of running and playing. We did short and more frequent walks. If he ran and played or went after a squirrel...he payed for it later. Bruno's hips looked worse than your pups. He did fine as he grew with limited exercise...and at about 3 years of age we started Adaquen shots. The vet at the time let me do them at home. This helps to build up cartilage. By about 6 years of age...he was having a real hard time and even pain relief was not helping. We had him euthanized. 馃槩 This was probably 30 years ago...and there were not that many choices on what to do.

Now days things are better with total hip replacement, or even a cheaper choices FHO...where they take the ball of the hip out and it produces scar tissue..and the dog does fine.

One thing I would recommend is that you do not neuter him till at least 18 months of age. He needs those hormones to develop. The more he develops the better for him.
When you do have him neutered have them do hip x-rays at the same time to see how things look. You may be surprised that they don't look as bad.

The most important thing now is to keep him lean, and growing slow, and steady.:)

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Cute pup!

The hips of your dog won't be mature until 18-24 months, so during those months to take it easy on them physically and limit extreme activity. Those bones are held in the hip sockets with cartilage.

Many Rottweilers are allergic to chicken, so I would steer clear of chicken based foods. My dog has been raw fed since I got him at 8 weeks, and started out on whole, raw turkey with beef liver and supplements. Raw turkey has lots of bioavailable, natural glucosamine.

Couple things you can do in the meantime. Add a bit of organic certified kelp meal to whatever you're feeding; this is 25% minerals by volume and full of anti-inflammatories and polysaccarides. Add some fish oil to whatever you're feeding, as well as a bit of turmeric powder, which are also both anti-inflammatory substances. If you're feeding kibble, add in a glucosamine supplement.

There is a food allergy test called Five Strands that will be helpful in identifying potential food allergies / food inflammation.

As a rule of thumb, I avoid chemical de-wormers, flea medications, whatnot. Tito get's 1 teaspoon of dried, minced garlic in his ration each day, and this keeps flea pressure down. Fir Meadows D-Wormer every six months, augmented with bloodwork and stool samples to test parasite load and at the vet.

And, finally, you probably want to incorporate some CBD. 2mg per pound of body weight per day of CBD from whole plant hemp extract. If you find a food that agrees with your pup and supplement it, your dog will probably rebound quickly. Feel free to reach out directly, if you'd like to chat more.

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Thanks for the replies.

He has been given raw ground beef, raw eggs, raw chicken legs, and chicken gizzards on occasion. He has done great with all of that. I just added a joint supplement and a salmon oil topper and two days into it he started chomping on his rump non-stop for the past couple of days, so I stopped giving it to him to see if it was that.

The joint supplement has turmeric in it.

He runs around the yard and plays with my 6 year old female, but I monitor them closely. She is gentle with him and gives up her belly, but she鈥檚 big and could easily hurt his legs if she rolled into them.

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So I went to Edinger鈥檚 Surgical Options in Madison Wisconsin today to get their opinion on Samson鈥檚 x-rays and hip condition.

Needless to say they didn鈥檛 tell me anything that I wanted to hear. Manage weight, manage activity, manage pain.

If pain is too bad and warrants surgery as an option FHO is $4200+ per side. Total hip replacement is $1100 pre-op. $14,000+ surgery, and $640 post-op.

Samson has shown no signs of pain since October 21st. I will monitor him as I have been and give him the best life I can give him. Thanks to all for the advice that has been given.
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