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My new pup was diagnosed with hip displaysia 🙁

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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’t change the past, so I’m looking at what’s next. My sister says that we don’t find our dogs, they find us. Maybe she’s 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’t 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’m going to do my best to give him a good one.

I don’t want this to be a sympathy or an attack on me thread. I’m looking for ideas on how to best help him. I would appreciate any recommendations on hollistic supplements diets that actually work and aren’t 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’t think there will be any appreciable improvements as he grows. Not what I wanted to hear. 😢

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


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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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