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Rebecca. I'm Rebecca too! Just found out my 8 mo German

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Hi Rebecca. I'm Rebecca too!
Just found out my 8 mo German Shepherd puppy has hip dysplasia. So I am looking up various treatments
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Sally G. replied 1 year ago.
Hello and welcome. The original expert you asked for is not online. My name is ***** ***** I have been working with dogs for 25 years.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hi Sally,
Do you have any experience with hip dysplasia in dogs? I have an 8 month old german shepherd pup who was diagnosed through x-rays yesterday. One hip is totally out and the other pops in and out of the socket. As yet there doesn't seem to be any pain but obviously I am looking for any suggestions of treatment so I can make informed choices.
Expert:  Sally G. replied 1 year ago.
I had a couple of dogs with it. One diagnosed at the time of neuter , age 6 months. A good thing to do now is start the dog on cosequin which is a glucosamine and chondroitin mix for dogs. This will be given for life. It is a bit expensive but helps with the joints. Slowing down the bone growth now can also help so feeding dog food for adults will help with this.Keep the dog from getting overweight as well. I am sure your vet mentioned the above. It is not something you can stop, but it is something that you may want to think about surgery for the future. The vet should have prescribed some anti inflammatory meds for painful days. For more information on treatments you can read about hip dysplasia here http://www.petplace.com/article/dogs/diseases-conditions-of-dogs/bones-joints-muscles/hip-dysplasia-in-dogs Also you may want to think about acupuncture for pain relief. There are vets that do this. My own Vet did this for my dog and it helped with movement.http://www.graypooch.com/canine-hip-dysplasia.htmlhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCdyrlBq_5o
Expert:  Sally G. replied 1 year ago.
IF you can do as much as you can now then as the dog ages it may have more pain free days.Here is a video on acupuncturehttp://www.graypooch.com/canine-hip-dysplasia.html
Expert:  Sally G. replied 1 year ago.
Here you can see a video regarding the surgery https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIyHFoEShh0 I would also suggest gettting a sling and learning how to use that, this can help on days when it is hard for the dog to get up and down steps.