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:cry: Ok I will tell the whole story and I will probably get lots of 'you should never have done that' comments but I will post anyway. My family had a border collie cross for all of our married life, we had two kids in the mean time and she was superb. She had no aggressive bones in her body and the kids adored her. Sadly aged 17 we had to have her put down, at this stage I was not sure if we would get another dog. However after two days I knew we had to look at getting another dog, we had never bought a dog before so it was a bit scary. I looked on the web at rescue dogs but came up empty handed, eventually I found an ad for a 1 year old labrador which sounded perfect! She was good with kids, house trained and sounded ideal. We went to see her and it all looked fine she had KC papers (which I thought was good but am not so sure now!) she took to the kids straight away and we bought her. Things were rosy until we had taken her for a couple of good walks! She started to limp on her left leg, we asked the previous owners if they had any problems and they said no (which we now know is a lie!). We let her rest and took her to the vet and she didn't seem too concerned. A couple of walks later the right leg was limping! Having done a bit of research I think it is hip displacia. I don't think surgery is an option at this point but would really appreciate any advice on making things better for her. We don't want a super show dog just a relatively healthy family pet! Any advice greatly received. I now know that buying a labrador is a bit like buying a used car! there are lots of people willing to rip you off.....
 

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Hi Gentleone, so sorry to hear about your lab (what's her name, BTW). We have a 7 year old lab that has hip probs (not displasia, though) and the vets have done miracles. I'm sure that others on this forum are more informed about HD to give advice, but possibly you need to take her back to the vet and voice your concerns. You're right though, there are a lot of unscrupulous people about who want to make a fast buck out of animal lovers. Perhaps they noticed the problem and couldn't be bothered to deal with it and just decided to sell her on for someone else to sort out. Please keep us posted on how it goes,
 

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Hi,

I agree with Paul you should go back to your vet and stamp your feet to get her xrayed or something, poor little girl.

If nothing else they may be able to give her something to ease any discomfort.

Again, far more qualified than me on here and I'm sure they will respond as soon as they are on.
 

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Hi Gentleone

Seems like you have had a dirty trick played on you! How was you to know the dog had problems when you bought her?. I would take her to a differant vet for a second opinion.I don't know anything about HD as I have never dealt with it, but I'm sure you will get some sound advice on here about HD from other members.

Good luck and let us know how you get on.

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Hi Gentleone,

Sorry to hear about your Lab, but you weren't to know, you bought her in good faith.

You definitley need to go back and have her x- rayed, and there are members on here, who can give you plenty of good advice.

Good luck, best wishes

Fay
 

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Hi, thanks for your comments, we found out by accident that they had taken her to a vet with a bad leg. They gave her no treatment though! :roll:
 

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Hi - welcome to the forum
As you have discovered KC registration means nothing except that you have a record of the dogs ancestry, and it does sound like someone passed her on because they did not want to deal with any problems.
Having said that, there are a number of things it could be that really need a proper diagnosis.
The first thing that springs to mind in a young dog with a limp that moves from one leg to another is panosteitis. What did the vet say - are you lead walking? do you have to go back?
X-rays are really needed for diagnosis, for hip diplasia too, and these really should be looked at by an orthopedic specialist. Most GP vets do not have the experience to read the xray accurately.
If it is HD as you fear, there are plenty of non surgical treatments including hydrotherapy, regulating exercise etc and I know plenty of dogs with HD that live happy active lives without having surgery.
You really do need an accurate diagnosis first though.
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Hi Gentleone

Our lab Penny was diagnosed with hip displaysia in both hips when she was six months old. Our vet, from xrays, suspected this was the problem, but as has been mentioned they didn't have the experience and sent the xrays to an orthopaedic surgeon for his opinion. Unfortunately he confirmed vets suspicions.

Luckily we had insurance for her (lifetime rathan than annual - which means we can continue to get her hips insured) and she had two tpo's (triple pelvic osteotomies). I'm no great expert in these things (Penny is my first ever dog) but she responded and recovered terrifically well from surgery. We just had to build up her exercise time and it was really difficult to watch her, especially after her second surgery as we had to carry her in and out for the toilet. Also of course they'd shaved her back end completely. However as I say it has most definitely been worth it.

How did you choose your current vet? Ours was recommended by neighbours and they've been terrific. As others have said I'd definitely get a second opinion and if finances allow I'd demand her xrays be seen by an expert.

Let us know how you get on.

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If you buy a puppy and later on your puppy develops HD is one thing, but if a person sells a one year lab KNOWING the dog has HD, is something totally different. I wouldn't think twice about taking him to court and making him pay for the whole dog's treatment and to prevent him to do it again. Regards,


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:twisted: This is the most annoying part for me, the dog had a bad leg. They took it to the vet, the vet said they needed to do an x ray the couple then sold her! They didn't even bother to see what she needed, to be honest the money we paid for her is irrelevant we just wanted a healthy family pet. Will take all your advice and get a second opinion. :oops:
 

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You poor thing, i'd be very :x angry too.

At least it sounds like your dog will now get the care and attention she deserves. I hope it's not bad news but it's best to get everything checked out properly. :)
 

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Hi gentleone
I can understand your anger and sympathise. Unfortunately, you're not the first and you won't be the last :(

Do get it checked out, though - it may not be HD and even if it is, she may not need surgery anyway. If you're not happy with your vet, then I would find another.
let us know how you get on
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hi gentleone

i can only agree with everyone else on here the previuos owners knew she had a problem and refused to deal with it the only good thing they have done is sell her to you who will take care and get her treated no matter what the outcome of what the vet says i hope its not anything that cant be treated and you and your family can enjoy her for many years to come

good luck and keep us posted if possible get the previous owners to at least cover half of the vets bills
 

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Hi Gentleone

Glad you are going to get a second opinion,hope it's not too bad and please let us know the outcome.

What's your dogs name and what colour is she ? Any chance of a pic?

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Oh no we are in the cr*p

Glad I took your advice, took her to the vet this afternoon and met with a different one. his prognosis was that it was 95% HD! He also said that she had very little muscle on her back legs. Ok help please: We may not be insured as it is a hereditary disease (thats handy!), we had to take some Cosequin tablets at £65....... On the basis that we are not made of money (far from it) is there a cheaper way to get this stuff? He also said that she needs little and often exercise, what would you class as little. I am trying to think of a way of attempting to get my money back, has anybody done this before? I am determined to get her in shape as I can't believe how cruel the previous owners were!
 

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Hi,

Did the vet not suggest xrays? As Lablover said it could be one of a few conditions that may all similiar symptoms?

If the vet they took her to originally would agree to seing her and diagnosing a prob before she was sold, that would be a good foundation as would prove they knew about the condition before selling....as for liability, are they duty / legally bound to pass on medical probs? Morally and the dogs best interests yes, for sure, but dunno
 

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Oh sorry, also even if it is HD an xray ' grades ' its severity, dunno what others think but personally I would insist on one
 

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I must agree with Karen, in a way her owners getting rid of her have probably done her a favour, at least she is now with a loving caring family who will take care of her :D - good luck hope all works out for you
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Have to agree with the others at least she has a good home now! It's just unfortunate that you are having to fork out so much money. I don't know how the previous owners could act so calously, but I suppose it take all sorts.

Sorry I can't advise about the exercise as I don't know anything about HD, but I'm sure one of the other members will be able to.

Please keep us informed of her progress.

Kev
 
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