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Help please ... 9 month old SBT (staffy) with clicky hips

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Hector021017, Jul 11, 2017.


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Some potential options maybe

  1. Do I seek the opinion of another vet??

  2. Do I wait it out as the vet has advised and get an x-ray in a few months time??

  3. Do I just ask for an x-ray (I'm sure they can't refuse this request)??

  4. Do I consult a "Hip Specialist" to see what they think??

  5. None of the above

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  1. Hector021017

    Hector021017 PetForums Newbie

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    This is Hector .... I have been slightly worried about his hips since he was approx 3 months. He's from a well respected breeder whom advised (papers seen) that there were no hereditary medical conditions regarding hips.

    I first noticed the clicking at about 3 months old when going through the motions to teach him to sit, I gave the command and when he ignored me I prompted with a light push on his back/hip, he's did sit instantly but I felt a little click when he performed the action. As a few weeks progressed (whilst keeping an eye on his hips) I felt his them clicking much more frequently.

    At approx 6 months old, I could feel his hips clicking with almost every step he took. I decided it was time to consult the vet due to a worry that it had only got worse over the elapsed time. The vet discussed this with me and said that he was a little too young for an x-ray and that it would be best to wait until he is at least 1 year - 18 months old when his bones would be fully formed. She said to keep up with his regular exorcise and try to avoid stairs as much as possible.

    He is now 9 months old, I have been walking him daily with slightly longer walks at the weekend and yet his hips seem to be getting worse as each week passes. They are still clicking with every step he takes and now he is rather hesitant and awkward around any form of step/s, not only can I feel the clicks but now I also hear them clicking on occasion, not all the time but I estimate about 20% of the time I hear a click or two when walking around or sitting down.

    I now getting rather worried as everywhere I read about similar problems online it seems to point to HD.... I really hope not

    I have spoken to my vet on the telephone recently and she said that she was not overly worried about this... but what worries me is, any time I went to the vet, I've brought up my concerns and not once did they actually physically check him / feel the clicking for themselves.... but yet are happy to tell me they're not worried.

    Hector loves his walks and is always so happy when out and free to roam, I do not throw a ball (anymore, I did when he was younger) or anything for him (I didn't want to make any potential problem worse) and he never seems to be in any form of discomfort whilst out and about.

    Can anyone provide me with some sound advise regarding this.... maybe you've gone through something similar??


    Thank you all in advance, I just want my boy to live the best life possible for him ...
     
  2. Blitz

    Blitz PetForums VIP

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    I would insist on an xray. He is too young for a proper hip dysplasia xray with a certificate but as he is seeming to be uncomfortable with it an xray is going to show what changes there are currently and if his hips look normal another reason can be looked for and he can be put on painkillers to see if that makes any difference. Is he insured, if so I would insist on a referral if your vet refuses to even examine him, or change your vet.
    As others know, I am not one to rush into any expensive diagnostic tests or treatment but this sounds like it has become a real issue now.
     
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  3. Zaros

    Zaros Pet Forums, P/resident Evil

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    It's always best to seek a second opinion if you're not satisfied with the first.

    And a third if you're not happy with the second.

    Especially where the threat of HD is concerned because it might affect/handicap the dog severely later on.
     
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    Hector021017 PetForums Newbie

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    Greasy thanks for you advice... he is indeed insured
     
  5. Hector021017

    Hector021017 PetForums Newbie

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    Great*
     
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    Hector021017 PetForums Newbie

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    Thank you
     
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  7. Zaros

    Zaros Pet Forums, P/resident Evil

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    You're quite welcome.

    Owing to the near early death experience of one of our dogs, re: HD, we sought umpteen opinions before finally discovering the one specialist/surgeon who accepted the challenge of correcting the problem.
    Had we not have done so, Oscar would have been put in the ground 8 years ago.
     
  8. Happy Paws2

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    I would defiantly get another opinion, his still a baby and it needs sorting out.
     
  9. lullabydream

    lullabydream PetForums VIP

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    Can I just ask, do your vets know your dog is insured?

    My vets are particularly cautious about not going in 'all guns blazing' so to speak as many dogs have little or no insurance. So they try to wait for optimum times, to suggest certain treatments, and will use management measures as long as your dog is pain free. Which I think they are waiting for growth and building of muscle to see what happens...and if pain isn't an issue then not to worried as such.

    Personally yes I would want a second opinion, or further investigation at the very least. If anything for peace of mind. Maybe the vets are not clear on your concerns, as they can only go on what has been said in consultation and sometimes as a pet owner as well as a human patient it's hard to really describe these.
     
  10. Worrid much

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    I don't know about click hips but my Ald staffie had a problem where his back leg knee joint kept popping out of place. Vet put him on Metacam for 6 months and then glucosamine and condroitin. Totally solved the problem
     
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