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My new pup was diagnosed with hip displaysia 馃檨

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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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I'm so sorry to hear that your pup is not doing well. He is a big boy....really try to keep him lean. Every extra ounce that he carries means that his hips have to work harder to support him. He's a very handsome fellow...but one of my big pet peeves is LONG NAILS!!! You need to get those nails under control. It will make it hard for him to walk with foot placement when his nails are so long.

Have you ever heard of FHO surgery? It's when the vet takes out the ball of the hip and the hip creates it's own socket with scar tissue. Much cheaper that a THR and a quicker healing process. Regular vets can do need for a orthopedic surgeon. Here is a link with info...but do a google search for more info.

Let us you know how your pup continues to do. My first Rottie had terrible hips...I know what you are going through. :(
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