Dog Hip issues - any experience?
If you remember my tail (:>), I adopted Rocky just a year ago. He's a smooth-coated collie/rottweiler mix, though looks almost like a pure collie. I'm not sure how old he really is, my vet & I guess between 2 & 3.
Over the winter, when my neighbor or I brought Rocky in after being outside and toweled him off, he would swing around if we rubbed his right hip too hard.
This spring when I took the dogs to the vet for their check-up, I told my vet about this. She manipulated his hind legs/hips and said his right hip/leg wouldn't extend as much or as easily as the left one. She asked if he "bunny-hopped". I didn't really know what bunny-hopping was, and told her so.
Fast forward, he does bunny-hop, though not all the time. This dog LOVES to run! He goes on walks in the woods with my neighbor for an hour or hour and a half a couple of days a week. I asked her if she sees him bunny-hop, but she's the most unobservant person I have ever met ... she knows it and we laugh about it.
So I'm going to have Rocky xrayed in August ... to much going on in July. He's on daily glucosimine ....I don't want to stop his walks/runs in the woods ... he absolutley loves those.
And I don't have $4,000 for any surgery in the near future, which is the amount my vet said it could cost to repair his hip.
So any advice for my young active dog with hip issues?