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Hi,

I have a male border collie called bob who is just coming up to a year old he was having moments when playing about two weeks ago where he was chasing he's ball and shouted in pain and dropepd to the floor on rubbing he's hind legs for 5 mins he was up and running like mad again,it happend a couple of times and i told my husband and i was looking at bob walking across the front room while we where talking and he was not walking right.....

Anyway he was booked into the vets on thursday last week and had to stay over night as i explained to the vet what had gone on....i couldnt sleep or eat as bob was not home and it was not right,anyway phoned the vet and they said he was on hes way down to operating room for x-rays and they said they would phone me later at work...anyway i didnt get a call so i phoned them and the receptionist could not give me any info i asked to speak to the vet but she was in surgery so i was worried all day...

i went to pick bob up at the vest and got called into the examination room,to where i was showed he x-rays and as i had thought he has hip displacia...r/h hip is fine but the r/h is not they have put him on med's and tablets to help bones but they have siad that in the future he will need a op............

I feel awful,i should have picked this up sooner and i should have seen the signs..........

he can only have 20 mins walk twice a day,no ball games or long walks:(

has any one else got a collie with this how are you and they coping with it,is there any thing else i can do....i feel so help less,we are back to the vets on the 13th for check up to see how bob is doing with the meds.....

but he is still running around like a nutter how can you tell a collie that he cant play ball games and run around as much any more........i am so gutted we have had to put the agility and flyball on hold....

would be nice to hear from any one regarding this and any advice would be great........

thanks
karen:frown:
 

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Sorry i have no advice as i have never owned a dog with H/D. Just didn't want to read and run, sorry about your little one i am sure someone will be along soon who can advise you.

Maybe use this time to teach him lots of tricks to keep his brain busy??

Keep us up to date when he goes for his check up please. X X
 

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I personally have no experience with hip dysplacia but it is very commen in the breed i have (OES) .I know there is a lot of OES do hydrotherapy to build up muscle without hurting the hips .Would this be possible ?
 

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Dont beat yourself up its just one of those things Im afraid :( you will probably go through the upset, then angry then lets just get on with it stages :rolleyes: we did early last year when Banjo was diagnosed with HD & back problems I still blame the tennis ball launcher thing we used to use but :rolleyes:

Has the vet given you Synoquin or similar thats very good :thumbup: & hydro :)
 

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Dont beat yourself up its just one of those things Im afraid :( you will probably go through the upset, then angry then lets just get on with it stages :rolleyes: we did early last year when Banjo was diagnosed with HD & back problems I still blame the tennis ball launcher thing we used to use but :rolleyes:

Has the vet given you Synoquin or similar thats very good :thumbup: & hydro :)
I am confused? why do you blame the tennis ball launcher thing? I use one of those!!! could that really cause it?? :confused:
 

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Hip dysplacia can be herditary but it can also be caused by over exercising a pup to early.It's worse to over excercise a large breed pup.Pups muscles don't start developing properly until 6 months old so you sholud restrict exercise till then.I have OES and most breeders of OES don't recommend full exercise till 9 months old.My pup Kenley is 3 months at the moment and has a 20 minute walk each day on a lead with no ball play and he won't have any ball throughing until at least 6 months.
Also going up stairs is bad for young pups.
 

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hi ,
bob dont go up any stairs,and as for the exercise he has only ever had what vet recommended......no over exersise just enough

i am beating my self to death questioning every thing that we have done together!!

he showed no signs before this of any sort of pain or walking funny thats what i asked the vet!

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I am confused? why do you blame the tennis ball launcher thing? I use one of those!!! could that really cause it?? :confused:
He used to go hell for leather after the ball which although probably didnt cause the HD is the possible cause of his back problems as he has been compensating with his other legs for his bad hip :( at least that what our vet recons as he was only three & half when we 1st noticed a limp so even though we had been carefull with him as a pup we got the tennis ball launcher when he was 1 :rolleyes: they are ok just dont over do it :)
 

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I don't know about BC but OES with HD have a tendancy to Bunny hop as a first sign.
Don't beat yourself up over it as it can be hereditary .I have a friend who bought a OES pup and both parents have good hip scores but the pup has still got HD at 6 months old.

The best thing to do now is build his muscles up as best you can to support the hip.:)
 

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apart from what med's he is on at the vets what else can i do to help,i have been searching internet but so many people say different conflicting things...

i was so shocked at the vets i dont think i asked what i should have was glad to get bob home...

i have started a list of things that i want to ask....sad i know :confused:
 

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I feel awful,i should have picked this up sooner and i should have seen the signs..........
Don't feel like this - it's quite possible that he displayed no signs. Not all dogs with poor hips show any clinical signs whatsoever. I have a dog with HD who has never had a problem, has done agility and gundog work, has good musculature and you would not know it if I had not had his hips xrayed. The only way to know is from xrays, which is why it is so important to hips score dogs being bred from - were your dog's parents hip scored?

That said, what's done is done and there is plenty that can be done to help, not all dogs require surgery. Hydrotherapy, supplements and pain relief can all help. Most importantly though, I would not rely on your vet's diagnosis and treatment plan, but ask to be referred to an orthopedic specialist.
 

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apart from what med's he is on at the vets what else can i do to help,
I'm assuming the meds are painkillers. It does depend on this individual case and I cannot stress enough the need to go to an orthapedic specialist rather than rely on your gp vet. If it's any consolation I've seen the progressive xrays of a GSD who was a cripple at 6 months, put on a specific exercise regime, hydrotherapy, painkillers and glucosamine actually 'grow' new bone to form a (obviously not perfect) hip joint. Obviously there are limitations and ball throwing and chasing is about the worst thing for poor hips, but not all HD cases result in surgery.

Ask your vet to refer you.
 

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Just realised you live in the same area as my friend with the OES pup with HD.
Her vet sent the x-rays to the Royal Vetinary College Cambridge to verify what regime he could go on.

Like rocco33 says with the right regime bob could live a fairly active life without an op .I know for a fact plenty of OES do:)
 

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already looking at beds and ramps lol,i want to do the best i can for him and i will ask the vet regarding being refered....thanks guys and girls i am grateful for help
 

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The only experience I have with HD is when I was 15 we had a lab bitch who I did obedience with. One day she slipped and fell she was not right afterwards intermitantly lame and had a weird action on one hip. She was diagnosed with HD in that hip.

She was fine for some years and then started to go lame. The vet advised havingan operation to cut the muscle on the inside of her leg. I don't know if they still do this or whether things had progressed since then It was about 25 years ago. She went on to live to 13 years old and died of old age. She was never or hardly ever lame after her op and went on to carry on doing obedience (badly) for several years after the op.
 
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