I think my pup has the dysplaia.


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By dito - 8/27/2012 8:11:37 PM
Took him to the vet and he said he'd have to do x-rays to know for sure. But there wasn't really anything he could do. I'd just have to change his work load. Pretty frustrating!
By kghops - 8/27/2012 8:28:58 PM
How old?  What are your plans for your pooch?
What makes you think he/she has it?

Kg
By dito - 8/28/2012 1:20:15 PM
He's gonna be a year next month. Not sure at this point. Will probably have to let the other dog do most of the work which this guy wont be happy about at all!

Just the way he walks, has trouble sitting down, has a hard time when he first gets up, and if I take them and work them hard he will get a limp afterwards.
By kghops - 8/28/2012 1:31:29 PM
That's too bad.  Water work will be less stressful on him.

Kg
By jcropsey - 8/28/2012 2:11:28 PM
I did calcium and cod liver oil supplements with some others on my Lab that had severe hip dysplasia as soon as I had the x-rays when he was 2.  By 5 years old he almost passed the Penn Hip test with a 47%.  He needed 50+%.  Wished I started the supplements before he was full grown:(  First Vet did not think he'd live to 5 years old:pinch:  IMHO start the supplements, keep the weight down, and plenty of light duty exercise, especially swimming.  You may yet have plenty of good years:D
By Pit Boss - 8/28/2012 3:02:30 PM
Did you get a guarantee and were the parents OFA certified? 
By dito - 8/28/2012 4:11:07 PM
jcropsey (8/28/2012)
I did calcium and cod liver oil supplements with some others on my Lab that had severe hip dysplasia as soon as I had the x-rays when he was 2.  By 5 years old he almost passed the Penn Hip test with a 47%.  He needed 50+%.  Wished I started the supplements before he was full grown:(  First Vet did not think he'd live to 5 years old:pinch:  IMHO start the supplements, keep the weight down, and plenty of light duty exercise, especially swimming.  You may yet have plenty of good years:D


Thanks, I'll try that!
By dito - 8/28/2012 4:12:32 PM
Pit Boss (8/28/2012)
Did you get a guarantee and were the parents OFA certified? 


No, I got him for 50 bucks since he was 6 months old. Just got the AKC papers and that was it.
By Pit Boss - 8/28/2012 4:23:32 PM
dito (8/28/2012)
Pit Boss (8/28/2012)
Did you get a guarantee and were the parents OFA certified? 


No, I got him for 50 bucks since he was 6 months old. Just got the AKC papers and that was it.


I guess for $50 you shouldn't expect a guarantee. Sorry to hear about it, that sucks really bad.
By jcropsey - 8/29/2012 8:42:53 AM
The good news is that a dogs hips do not fully mature until they're about 4-5 years old:)  Some pups take longer than others.  Check the other threads here about actions to avoid, like jumping out of trucks...
By scofo35 - 8/29/2012 10:26:23 PM
To me a dog is my most important piece of hunting equipment. A good dog is amazing and a tough dog can be the death to a good duck hunt. I would suggest putting a lot of time and effort into a dog and make sure you are getting a rock solid dog. Look at pedigrees, OFA certificates and scores, photos, breed and more. If you need any more info just ask the guys on here, they seem to know what they are talking about and would love to help out.