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luv4pets
01-16-2006, 06:06 AM
My 11 month old dog has been diagnosed with hip dysplasia. We are scheduled to see a specialist. I would like to hear any suggestions from you about how much food I should be feeding him to help him lose weight, what I can give him for pain, and if anyone know is glucosimine chondritin really works to improve his legs. Thanks for all replies.

celtechfarms
01-16-2006, 09:28 AM
Absolutly it helps, I suggest getting a good dog food with it in it, as well as feeding a supplement pill for the first month or so. Is your dog over weight now? Whats the breed? How far as the HD progressed? What has your vet told you? Swimming when ever possible and low impact exersize as well as avoiding stairs will also help.

luv4pets
01-16-2006, 11:19 AM
He is a mixed breed so I am not sure how overweight he is. He is cocker spaniel mixed with some kind of terrier. He weighs 38 pounds. I think he has a moderate to severe case of HD (unsure about arthritis). We will find this out for sure when we go to the specialist. My vet told me to give him aspirin for the pain and the 3 types of surgery available. I had to get a second opinion from another vet because my old vet just recommended aspirin until he gets really bad, then PTS.

smiffy
01-16-2006, 11:32 AM
ive heard that ppl have used a cod liver oil capsule one a day in with the dogs food as well as pain relief.
also water benefits dogs in the same way it does us (and i suffer with three pain conditions so i know :( ) have a chat with your vet to see where your nearest hydrotherapy pool is. on days where its really aggravating him a warm bath will be appreciated (usually colder days)

celtechfarms
01-18-2006, 07:37 AM
To tell if your dog is over weight, run your fingers down his sides, half way down his body, if you can feel his ribs, but not see them, and he has a visible waist when looking down at him from above then he is not over weight. If you can see the ribs and the hips bones he is under weight. If you can feel the ribs, but there is noticable padding between flesh and rib and no disconcernable waist then he is over weight. Your vet should be able to help you tell this as well.

Its impotant with HD that the dog remains at ideal weight and not over weight, that he gets a good balanced meal, RAW or BARF are good ideas or a good natural dog food like Natures Choice. Then Glucosimne MSM and Chorid (sp) you can get this as a single pill called TriFlaxen (sp) twice a day will help with joint build, if you go with a good natural dog food try to get one with these in it as well to help reinforce the pills.

Surgury is always an option, but most people can't afford it. Good luck and let us know how it goes, and watch that Asprine, make sure its regular strength and not extra strength and that you give the appropriate dosage for his size.