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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've had breeders tell me not to do the OFA evaluation before the age of 2, since the pups are still developing. Watch his weight and don't allow excessive running, going up or down stairs, jumping on/off furniture, etc. The supplements are a plus. You may be in for a pleasant surprise in the future.
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Oh, poor Samson. I'm sure you'll give him the best care possible. Give him a hug for me.
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