We just found out that our latest addition to the family has hip dysplasia and are trying to wrap our head around doing what will be best for him. Poor little guy is only 3 years old and been through so much already. He lived the last year and a half of his life in a shelter and has also survived heartworm treatment. We've been to the ortho and he thinks we have a shot a managing it medically, which we are definitely on board for, as long as our Sam has quality of life. We were sent home to keep Sam quiet for 2 weeks, as well as taking joint supps, fish oil and 10 days of rimadyl. We've been mostly successful in keeping him quiet but there have been a few times in the back yard when he has taken off running at top speeds...then we get set back. We were trying to give him a little freedom without the leash in back, but guess we will have to keep him on leash.
Right now the plan is to get some weight off our boy (he's at a perfect weight, but doc wants him to be a little more on the lean side because of the hips), keep him rested and see if we can't get him where he's not having a hard time getting up by the end of the day. But here's the thing...our guy LOVES to run and play. I worry that what we are doing may not be enough and we may have to look at surgery in the future. We have a pool and in addition to getting him back to daily walks (we were going 2x daily) we are going to get him in the pool this summer as well, as the vet said straight line activities are good for Sam.
So, anyone else out there that has dealt with HD and if so, what did you do?? I would love to hear other's experience and input. We only want what's best for our boy!
Thanks so much,