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Anyone have a BC with Hip Dysplasia?

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by Houseofpets, Feb 10, 2012.


  1. Houseofpets

    Houseofpets PetForums Member

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    Hi All

    Been a while since I was last here!

    We bought our puppy early last year and he is now the most beautiful (biased I know) dog I could have wished for, both in looks and temperament. However, he does have a couple of health issues (now there's a surprise!).

    We took him in to be castrated in November and I mentioned to the vet that I had noticed his gait ever so slightly out, you really had to look hard to see anything but there was something there for sure. Whilst he was under general anaesthetic I asked for his hips to be x-rayed and low and behold.............Hip dysplasia, fortunately he only has it in his left back hip and we are into our 3rd week of hydrotherapy. This week though he has been a little lame and has a strange 'banana' shaped gait when he walks, kicking out his back left leg in an ark rather than the usual 'up and over' leg movement the dogs have.

    Does anyone here have any experience of HD and if so any advice you could give would be gratefully received.

    p.s he also has a heart murmour!!
     
  2. Burrowzig

    Burrowzig PetForums VIP

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    Neither of my dogs have it but I know several that do. One has the same gait as you describe - he's still young and I haven't seem him for a while so I don't know how he's getting on. Another, after hydrotherapy, went on to compete at agility though he sometimes goes under the jump rather than over it.

    Hydrotherapy is probably the best thing you can be doing for him. Good luck.
     
  3. Rhiannon68

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    My 6 yr old boxer has hip dysplasia, was diagnosed when he was 1, has injections every 6 months and was on tablets but I took him off them as I was worried about the long term damange. Some one on here suggested trying seatone which is herbal, he has this everyday and his stiff days are fewer now.
    The only thing we struggle with is excersise, he is limited to two 15 min walks a day to avoid further stress on his hip, this is hard with a boxer who loves to run and play. At some point we have been told he will need surgery but fingers crossed not for some time yet. He did have a couple of sessions of hydrotherapy but he hates water with a passion and he struggled so much it made him limp for days so we gave that up!
    The other thing you need to watch is weight, make sure you dont over feed as this puts yet futher strain on their hips

    Hope it all works out
     
  4. Houseofpets

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    Thank you to you both for your replies. Unfortunately the hydrotherapist has said she doesn't think there is anything that she can do for him due to the fact the his leg gives way and makes him fall over - this happens about 4/5 times a day and we just thought he was a clumsy boy. She thinks everything she does in hydrotherapy will be undone by the constant falling over he does (twice whilst at hydro)

    He goes for a 3 mile walk every day (vet said this was fine) but this week after the hydro he was stiff looking and uncomfortable, sleeping a lot as well for a previously active 11 month old collie. The 3 1.5 minute sessions he has been getting is proving too much and she had to stop mid session today as he was too tired to carry on.

    He has slept under the table since I got him back from the hydro at 11am and has a 'hang dog' look, his ears are down and he isn't right. I have booked an appointment at the vets today as I am quite concerned he is in pain with it.

    My poor boy, I would hate for anything to happen and us lose him - he's so adorable, I could quite easily spend my day kissing, hugging, stroking him (I am pretty sure he would love that too!) :D
     
  5. Blitz

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    Would you like to speak to your vet about doing the op where the pectineal muscle is cut. It has fairly amazing results if there is no arthritis present and it can do no harm and is minor surgery.
    PM me if you would like to know more about it.
     
  6. Malmum

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    HD has been diagnosed so now I would take him to see an orthopaedic specialist for further advice. Maybe surgery would never be needed but if it is why wait until arthritis sets in and makes it all the more difficult/painful for your dog?

    Flynn has had two hip replacements, starting at 18 months of age and now 9 months post op since the second leads a normal, non restrictive life with as much walking as I can take. I wasn't happy with medication but if I stopped that he would have pain and I wasn't happy with that either.

    I put his diary on here for others to read and since then another forum member has had two replacements in her Burnese, which also went brilliantly. Her dog had two replacements within three months of the first as she could afford to pay, where as I had to wait for insurance renewal.

    Have a gander on here for more info, it's where Flynn went and you can also e mail for advice if you are near Surrey but your vet will have to refer you as it is a referral centre and not a vet practice, like most specialist centre's.
    Conditions | Hip Dysplasia | Veterinary Specialist's Fitzpatrick Referrals

    Your boy would be so much easier to deal with post op, as Flynn is a great big lummox of 60kgs! :)

    Just to add, I think it's torture taking him on such long walks and that's why I would get a specialist referral for proper informed advice. Primary care vets are okay for run of the mill stuff but you have to have a specialist for more expert advice and opinion. I could not walk Flynn for longer than ten mins in the end as any more he would walk very stiffly (stilted gait) and to make him would be cruel. Dogs don't show pain like we do and as Noel says on the link will often not cry out with it until the examination - doesn't mean they haven't got it though. Honestly I have never heard of a vet giving such advice with a dog who is obviously in pain!
     
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  7. Houseofpets

    Houseofpets PetForums Member

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    Just come back from the vets, they are going to refer him to an orthapedic surgeon but it appears we have a slightly bigger problem, he has a very slow heart rate and we need to monitor it over this over the next few days and then they want him in for an ECG next week.

    He also has kennel cough!

    My poor boy, I couldn't bear to lose him :nonod:
     
  8. Malmum

    Malmum PetForums VIP

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    OMG your poor lil guy, it's so unfair how some suffer and through no fault of their own. :(

    Bless him, I hope the slow heart rate is just the way his heart works and is nothing to worry about, I know with us we all have different rates but know nothing about dogs TBH. That could explain why he is so exhausted after his hydro as he doesn't determine how long he swims for the hydrotherapist does. That must have been pretty tiring for the poor baby. I wonder though if this is a new thing as the vet must have listened to his heart before - was it not slow at that point?

    Glad he is being referred though, always best to get an expert opinion. :)
     
  9. Houseofpets

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    Initially they thought he had a heart murmour but couldn't tell completely as his chest wall is quite thin?

    Just checked his resting heart rate and he is asleep again and it is at 60 beats per minute, he does seem to have very pale gums after exercising so maybe it is all tied in together.

    He has just had his first dose of Metacam and seems to be sleeping comfortably enough and strangly on the sofa were he never chooses to sit.

    I really feel for him, poor little guy really doesn't deserve any of this and he is the most beautiful dog, both in nature and temperament, he loves nothing better than to sit between my legs whilst I am making sandwiches or cooking dinner and he just gazes up at me waiting for a bit of a fuss.
     
  10. cinnamontoast

    cinnamontoast Sois pas chiant, chéri.

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    My nearly 9 year old has a heart murmur and it's never affected him. He's a very lively springer.

    One of my youngsters has HD in his right hip, diagnosed at under six months. He had cartrophen injections and is on a high dose of green lipped mussel (thanks to Malmum) and an orthopaedic bed.
    Kuranda Dog Beds - Orthopedic and Chewproof

    I'm glad you're seeing a specialist: hopefully they can tell you the right way forward. :)
     
  11. claira

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    my old bc had severe hip displasia and could hardly walk, she went from a tennis ball loving dog to being unable to walk more than a few meters without sitting down, this begun at the age of 9, after trying medications she had bilateral fho surgery, she still walked a bit odd after surgery and couldnt run as well as before but she has had few good years from it. unfortunately she now has arthritis in other joints so am back to square one with little that can be done. she is nearly 13 and the op saved her life as without being able to walk and not having any quality of life she would of had to of been put to sleep, which would of destroyed me, she also goes to hydrotherapy every week, which keeps the legs strong and is healthy for her heart. hope u find the right advice, good luck.
     
  12. Houseofpets

    Houseofpets PetForums Member

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    Thank you for your reply. Unfortunately the hydro therapy didn't work as he constantly falls over on his bad hip. I spoke to the vet on Friday and said I didn't want him on constant pain relief medication as I had an Daxie who suffered from arthritis from the age of 3 until he passed away at 13, it caused no end of problems with kidney and liver function. The vet agreed that he was too young to be on constant pain meds so we are looking at another alternative.

    Fortunately I took out pet insurance for him when we first got him and it's an annual amount of £7500 per year so at least we should be OK for whatever we need to have done. The most pressing issue is his slow heart rate, the vet read it at 48 beats per minute on Friday and we have been monitoring it over the weekend and after exercise it was only 76 per minute, we are going back tomorrow to organise the ECG, he hasn't had any walks since Thursday and unusually for a BC isn't climbing the walls so I know he isn't feeling himself :nonod:
     
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