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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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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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