hip dysplasia?

alyciaadamoNovember 17, 2012

We have a 7 yr old rescue dog from TN "Monte"-we think he is an Anatolian Shepherd as he looks just like them. We were told he was a Mastiff/Pyranees cross but we are not to sure on that as he is large but not even as big as a Pyranees is supposed to get-66 lbs at his heaviest. We got him as a puppy and he has always been a good dog. No real background on his parents as we got it all third hand from a "shipper"-person who went down to TN to get all the puppies. So anyway Monte has always been a good dog, he does growl at my 7 yr old daughter but it is always just a warning and we try to keep them separated anyway. But today I noticed he was limping in his back end a little and was acting a bit strange. I went to see if he stepped on something or twisted his leg and before I could even touch him he bit me. He has mouthed my hands a couple times while I was trying to figure out what is going on which he never does to me. No heat, no cuts that I can find. It's hard because he won't let me touch him when he is standing up. He will just snap at me and bare his teeth. It is very awkward he won't really limp just have this weird gate, he even hopped a few times. He will rest one leg and stand on the other but usually will sit quite quickly. He did not want to walk up the stars to the bedroom-I know it doesn't seem very nice but it is the only place the kids and other dogs will leave him alone. When he lays down he will hold up one back leg-I felt that one toes all the way to his hips-nothing no heat no cuts and there doesn't seem to be swelling anywhere. He has lost a lot of muscle in his hips it seems-it's hard to notice as he has been getting his winter coat but you can feel the lack of muscle where it used to be more round.

Yesterday I noticed something which may be nothing but normally he always sleeps next to the bed without fail every night he is there even when I am trying to make the bed he does not move-last night he was at the foot of the bed and today when I brought him up he stayed at the foot of the bed.

I don't really have the money to take him to the vet right now so really trying to feel this out so I can see how serious this is. He does not seem to cry out but after I brought him upstairs he tried to get on the bed with my husband and he cried a little. I say tried as he has always only half tried to get on the bed keeping his back legs on the floor and laying his front half on the bed.

I read about hip dysplasia but I don't know it says that it affects the dogs by 18 mnths and he is 7 and we haven't noticed anything until now. I do have to say though he has abnormal bone spurs on his front legs. The vet said it looked like a healed fracture that just kept growing but we have had him since he was 4 months old and he has never had anything like that we have not had any other x-rays done on his bones. When we got him he looked and acted like a normal puppy.

Any ideas?

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The only time my friendly, calm, gentle mix bit me was one time when he got tangled up in some wire. I hurried over to help him, but I should have gone slow and considered his arthritis more. Most dogs will bite when they are in pain.

It sounds serious, like either the vet, or ...

    Bookmark   November 17, 2012 at 3:57PM
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You really need to take him to the vet and have him examined If he is hopping on three legs it could be a cruciate ligament injury because the leg becomes unstable so a dog will only tentatively put weight on it but will also lift the leg and hop instead. If you notice the leg slipping out from under him then that's another sign it's the cruciate. Cruciate injuries normally need surgery and won't improve on their own. But really a vet needs to look at it to tell you what it is.

    Bookmark   November 17, 2012 at 10:46PM
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It could be any number of things......hip dysplasia, arthritis, spinal injury/trauma, bone degeneration, cancer....... being only a few.
It's time to see a vet, hear the options and see if there's any meds that can help his pain.

If he'll sleep downstairs I would try to leave him there. Going up stairs sounds very painful and could make whatever condition he has worse.

    Bookmark   November 18, 2012 at 2:14AM
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I agree that he should be seen by a vet. I'd call the vets office and explain the money problem and ask if you can work out a payment plan. Most will at least let you pay in several payments. If they won't, to me,that says a lot. You're trying to take care of your animal and are trying to work out how you can do that. They should be willing to help.

    Bookmark   November 18, 2012 at 3:01AM
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It sounds like a back issue to me. He needs to see a vet, the sooner the better or it will probably get worse.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2012 at 11:55AM
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This post was edited by cas66ragtop on Wed, Dec 5, 12 at 23:17

    Bookmark   November 19, 2012 at 3:24PM
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