On a grade of 1-10 how bad are his hips? Can you please look at his x-ray and let me know. Is there any way to improve his condition if it is worst. My dog is a 100lb rottie -lab mix. He is 2.5 years old. Please let me know.
Hi, Nice x-ray! Sadly, those are pretty awful-looking hips. Is he showing any clinical signs of hip problems--pain, stiffness, etc?
The femoral necks are both very thickened and the heads of the femurs don't fit into the sockets (acetabulum) very well. So on a scale of 1-10, I'd grade his hips at an 8. There isn't a lot of arthritic changes in the hip joint, but that will likely come. I certainly wouldn't breed him.
If he is having hip pain, I would start with some anti-inflammatories, add in chondroprotectants, and also consider Prescription Diet J/D. For anti-inflammatories, I have recently started using Duralactin, a "hyperimmune milk protein" that is good for inflammation. I also like Rimadyl and will add in tramadol if the dog is still very painful. Dasuquin is a good glucosamine for dogs and is effective in those dogs that respond to glucosamine.
A total hip replacement might be something to consider if he continues to be painful or later on, when the medications don't help any longer.
Another surgery that could be considered is an FHO--femoral head ostectomy. This is considered a "salvage" procedure, because once it is done, nothing else (like a total hip) can be done. But it removes the head from the femur so that there is no more bone rubbing on bone.
Here is a good website with more info: http://www.VeterinaryPartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&A=1916
He doesn't seem to be in a lot of pain now. I will try glucosimine and other suggestions you have suggested. But i had one question about the surgery - Is there a best time when the surgery should be done as far as age wise. Is it better to get it done sooner than later ? what do you suggest?
I have taken insurance for him which covers upto 8000 dollars. I have taken it 5-6 months ago. They should be covering this condition incase we were to go for surgery right?
Is this condition considered cruciates and patellas? Because there is a 6 month waiting period on this. and rest of them are 14 days.
Please let me know.
I have a follow up question on what you said - "Once nothing seems to make much difference, then surgery should be considered. Due to the cost of a total hip replacement, I wouldn't do it until there is a strong need for it."
Is there a best time to get this surgery done? I mean is it better to get the surgery done sooner than later? Or is it right to say that the time factor does not affect the outcome of the surgery