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Dr-Bonk, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
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Experience:  Five years as a veterinarian working with man's best friend. Have worked with pets, hunting and herding dogs, hounds, and breeders.
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My 2 year old german shepard has hip dysplasha other than

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my 2 year old german shepard has hip dysplasha other than surgery what can I do to keep him with us as long as possible
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the German shepherd's name?
Customer: Ceasar
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Ceasar?
Customer: prior to going to the vet he was very sore and only walking on three legs since they did the ex-ray he is walking and running on all four legs he is mostly an outside dog but we have been keeping him in the house since not sure if we are doing right or wrong he does not appear to be in any pain he still jumps on and off our bed.
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr-Bonk replied 11 months ago.

Hi, I'm Dr. Bonk. I'm sorry to hear about Ceasar's troubles. Depending on the degree of dysplasia, hip dysplasia can be managed. First of all, his activity level should be managed as tolerated, meaning let him do as much or as little as he wants. Try to avoid strenuous exercise such as jumping or running for prolonged periods. Swimming is a great exercise as it takes the weight off those joints and allows muscle conditioning without the the concussion.

It is very important to maintain a healthy weight. Excess weight applies more pressure on painful joints, keep him trim by regulating his food and through exercise.

You can also start giving him joint supplements such as glucosamine chondrotin. These help to support healthy joint fluid and cartilage to keep inflammation down.

You should also have an anti-inflammatory on hand for days when he is sore. Some good ones meant for dogs are Previcox, Rimadyl or Metacam. These are all prescription so they would have to come from your vet. Aspirin works too if in a pinch, but is not recommended for long term or repeated use.

You can also do passive range of motion exercises. These just help relieve joint stiffness without the concussion of running or walking. There are some good videos on YouTube on how to do these exercises.

I hope this helps. Please contact me with any further questions you may have. Thank you and good luck!