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Hip Problems

Post by broadloan » 14 Sep 2009, 20:34

Hi, feeling totally depressed tonight, had Sparky my 9 month old at the vet today and looking like hip problems. I noticed a couple of weeks ago that he was holding his left back leg up a lot and not putting full weight on it..maybe he's been doing this for a long time and i haven't noticed, but much more prominent now. Vet prescribed anti inflamtories and rest, which I've done this week (poor Sparky can't understand why he's not getting out as much), but went to vet today and definate reaction from Sparky when she pulled his left leg back...so an xray on Wed..but I could see by the vet's face that she already suspects something. I came home and looked up hip dysplaxia (if that right spelling) and to be honest Sparky does fit into the symptoms. So,...if anyone has been through this already, can they give me advice on what I can expect, treatments I might expect and long term prognosis from their experience. Vet talking about referring to Vet school in Glasgow and possible hydrotherapy to start with......

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Re: Hip Problems

Post by LynneL » 14 Sep 2009, 20:37

So sorry about Sparky's problems. You will get info and advice on here. I know Bid is going through this with Daisy and has had the Hydrotherapy. I'm sure she could give you some excellent advice.
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Post by Hel&Mark » 14 Sep 2009, 21:19

Sorry to hear Sparky has pain. :( But don't panic. Barley has HD and with a careful diet, supplements and exercise programme, we have managed to turn things around quite well. We know what to avoid now, (lots of off the lead playing and bouncing) and we know the tell tale signs of a flare up. HD varies, but your vet will be able to recommend the best course of action if it is that. Try to hang in there until you know what you're dealing with, and in the meantime, give oily fish such as mackerel quite generously, and a great supplement to use is green lipped mussel extract or a glucosamine/chondroitin mix. Stick to lead walks if there has to be some kind of walk for peeing purposes, make sure Sparky has some memory foam (covered) to sleep on, and is never sleeping in a draught, nor using the stairs. :) If you have wooden floors, use paw wax. Don't have Sparky jumping into and out of your car boot, get a ramp if necessary. It is the turning, and twisting that gives them pain. Once you know how bad it is, exercise is key to building up the muscles around the joints, and swimming and lead walks are the way forward.

Barley lost 4 kilos in weight, started supplements and a more sensible exercise regime and went from hobbling about growling, and refusing to jump into the car, to leaping in right over our makeshift ramp with no help at all, in just a few months. :wink:

Sure other people will have some pearls of wisdom for you too, but in the meantime, hang in there, and good luck. :)
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Re: Hip Problems

Post by broadloan » 15 Sep 2009, 17:16

Thanks for your messages of encouragement. Sparky has never been a "bouncy jumpy" dog, much more a sniffer and runner when he put his mind to it. Although since he's been on restricted walks, he's bounced more than ever and jumped from things he's never jumped from! I don't think he's in pain at the moment, more of a discomfort thankfully. I'm really pleased to see that this can be turned around as I was gutted at the thought that he would not be able to do his country walks again and enjoy his sniffing...although I realise we'd have to be careful. Poor Sparky as well as his xray tomorrow, he's getting snipped at the same time...may as well get the whole trauma out of the way at the one time. This means though another 10 days of prison for him though. One thing I should have asked is if the insurance covers the Hip dyslplxia? I'm with petplan and took out the middle range insurance?

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Re: Hip Problems

Post by Bid » 15 Sep 2009, 19:28

Good luck tomorrow! I've sent you a pm with Daisy' regime - pretty similar to Barleys really. If your vet offers to refer you to an orthopaedic specialist I would take him up on it - our specialist did a much more thorough examination of how Daisy moved and was very helpful in answering my questions.

Most of all - don't be too downhearted about it - it doesn't mean the end of Sparky's fun - just a short-term curtailing of it! Great idea to get him neutered at the same time - if he's got to be kept inactive for one reason you might as well go for it :D

I can't remember if I mentioned it im my pm, but if the vet does confirm that Sparky has HD, do let your breeder know, so she has the opportunity to let others with a dog from the same litter know.

One last thing - Pet plan have been happily handing money over for Daisy, but they have recently changed their policy on hydrotherapy, and will only pay for the first course of 10 sessions - very short-sighted of them imo as continued swimming will delay and possibly prevent the need for an expensive op - the canine hydro organisation are in talks with pet plan over this.
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Re: Hip Problems

Post by Jane » 15 Sep 2009, 21:18

Hel & Mark, Where do i get paw wax from please, we have wooden floors and def need some for marli x Can't help you with hd, but Marli has just had an op for elbow dysplasia and we will update you as we get to know more. Good luck x

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Re: Hip Problems

Post by Bid » 15 Sep 2009, 21:49

I got some from hyperdrug, but to be honest I wouldn't recommend the brand - it doesn't last very long and I had to reapply it several times a day, and even then it wasn't very effective, although we have stone tiles rather than wood. We now have rubber-backed mats at all corners which works much better for us.
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Re: Hip Problems

Post by broadloan » 17 Sep 2009, 09:12

Poor Sparky is feeling really really sorry for himself today after his operation yesterday! And stuck to me like glue!!! Anyway, the vet said that he has mild hd on his left leg only which is a big relief. I could see on the Xray that his joint is offcentre. The vet has recommended hydrotherapy once he is back on his feet again...only another 10 days of prison for poor Sparky now hopefully!!!

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Re: Hip Problems

Post by Carole g » 17 Sep 2009, 19:13

That must be a relief for you, Sparky will be fine with the right exercise programme and kept slim.You can breathe now!
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Re: Hip Problems

Post by Hel&Mark » 17 Sep 2009, 19:52

Carole's right. :D This will be very manageable. I'm so relieved for you. Sorry Sparky has any HD, but it could have been so much worse. :)
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Re: Hip Problems

Post by Hel&Mark » 17 Sep 2009, 19:53

Oops, forgot to say, they can be very sore for quite a few days after the xray. Don't be surprised if things go quite a lot worse right now, next week will be better. :)
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