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Took Alfie for his annual booster today, and I confessed to the vet that I felt Alfie might have a problem with one of his back legs. A friend pointed it out to me when he was about 10 months old, but I've been trying to convince myself there's nothing wrong. He sometimes limps on the leg, and bunny hops a lot. But he's not stiff after exercise and is always up for a walk.

Our previous lab, Simba, had HD, which was managed in his later years by synoquin and metacam and limited exercise. I desperately didn't want another lab with this problem so sourced a good breeder and was very strict with limiting Alfie's walks until his first birthday. Having done all I possibly can to prevent it, I would be gutted if Alfie has it.

The vet suggested xrays to see if there is a problem, but I'm wondering whether we should just see how he goes, and perhaps start him on glucosamine just in case. Or should we get him xrayed so we know one way or the other.

Any advice and suggestions would be really welcome, thank you.
 

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What did the vet suggest?
And is there no chance that it is growing pains?

If I suspected HD in one of my dogs, I think probably my first action would be crate rest. Absolute proper crate rest, no running about, no daily walks, as if it was a joint problem which can be fixed with rest then after a week or 2 of no exercise then there would be improvement in the limping. I would also possibly use some anti-inflams if the vet agreed they may be useful.

If crate rest did not fix it, then yes, I'd be heading straight for xrays, to see if there was something we could diagnose. But I'd not be allowing my regular vet to take the plates or make the diagnosis, I would ask for a referral to an ortho specialist, as there have been many cases of dogs being diagnosed with a problem that they didn't actually have.

Sorry to hear that Alfie's not well, please let us know what you decide!
 

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So sorry to read this Joanna, I have got useful advice just wanted to give you and Alfie all my best wishes. Have you spoken to Tracy?

Lorna
 

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Sorry to hear about Alfie, they do worry us!!! But then that's because they mean so much to us.

If it were me, I'd want to know whether I was worrying over nothing, so would get the x-rays done; I'm a 'bite the bullet' kind of person though.
 

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Scubabe said:
What did the vet suggest?
And is there no chance that it is growing pains?
The vet said that we could have him xrayed, but if it was diagnosed at this age he would recomend glucosamine, controlled exercise, ie no chasing balls or sticks, hydrotherapy, all of which we can do without a diagnosis. As for growing pains, Alfie is two and full grown. Because it was noticed when he was very young, the vet thought it more than likely that it was HD, but he didn't try and bludgeon me into the xray route at all.

I would like to know what's going on, but wonder if Alfie should be put through the ordeal of a general anaesthetic at this stage.

I suppose I don't want to be saying here we go again :(

Thanks for your good wishes, Lorna and Joanne.
 

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I'm a bit like Joanne - I want to know what's happening. Particularly if there has been a problem since he was 10 months and he's now over 2 - this doesn't appear to be going away.

If you do go down the xray route I would def have it done by a specialist who likes to do his own xrays anyway even if your own vet has done them and you get referred (well ours does anyway).

I'm sure if it is HD then it will be mild enough to be controlled with supplements and controlled exercise as if it was severe then it would have got a lot worse over this period of time. A specialist will advise what is best for Alfie.

Good luck
 

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Joanna, sorry I have been off line for a few days......I can't beleive what I am reading..... if it is I am totally gutted for Alfie and you.....lets hope it isnt and its just an unusual gait.

I would xray I think so as you know what you are dealing with.

I know this can happen for a number of reasons but he has low scoring parents and throughout his pedigree and I know you didnt over do it with him on the basis of being paranoid it could happen again......

Lets keep everything crossed that it sint and please let me know how he gets on.

Betsie sends big hugs and kisses to you and Alfie.

Trace xx
 

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Just heard from Joanna and the good news is it isnt HD, he has been xrayed and his hips are good. They can't find anything wrong.

Just thought I would update this thread and I am sure Joanna won't mind me jumping in, but I am so relieved.

Phew. :D

Trace x
 
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