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Hi
i'm a regular lurker on here and i need your help..... :D
I have a 10 mth old choccy lab Ella she is having issues with her hips for the last 8 wks.
She started with just 2 bouts of limping whilst out playing with my sister's lab, I thought it was just a pulled muscle but thought I better see the vet for piece of mind. She had x rays done and I was told that all was ok with them and the hip are not showing signs of HP.
She was given metacam for a week and exercise of 2-3 10 min walks a day 8O for as month then go back.
Took her back and had to take her for a run with the vet and she agreed that is was limping and her right leg seemed shorter and she had a "Gait" when she moved.
Was referred to see Steve Butterworth in Swansea he is a orothpedic specialist and he wants to do more X rays and manipulate her when she is knocked out, next monday
I have followed the 5 min rule with her and have been very careful with her a I know they have issues with there back ends.
As she is getting older now this seems to be getting worse she goes out for 30 mins walk a day she can't seem to do any more than that.
The first x rays she had done where the standad ones when hip scoring and her hips were nicely in the sockets but Steve thinks her hips might be popping out when walking :cry: ......
I know some of you have been having issues with you dogs hips any of this sound familiar? or been to see Steve Butterworth?
 

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Hi ellasmummy,

Welcolme to LF. There are a few of us that have had experiences like yourself. IF you have a search back though you will see a few "case histories". With my pooch Ruby she had a limp for about 2 weeks on her front leg at about 5 months old which was put down to a pulled muscle as she was fine on manipulation by the vet and occasionally walked funny but our vet and I did not suspect anything until we heard a clicking as she walked at 8 months old.

It was at that point we were referred and as has been suggested to you a full diagnosis was made after xrays and manipulation and in our case arthroscopy (key hole camera)

Ruby has now how two successful surgeries and we are beginning rehab.

Message me if you want to chat and there will be a few others along anytime soon to this thread...

Are you insured?
 

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Hi

Sorry to hear you are having some problems with Ella.

I can recommend Steve Butterworth. Similar to you, we had xrays done at our normal vet and were given wrong information and eventually referred to Mr Butterworth who diagnosed the problem straight away. He was fantastic, he explained everything very clearly, answered all of my questions and managed my expectations from the start. The surgery that was required was done quickly with a neat scar left behind. We are still under his care and are going back for another follow-up appointment in a few weeks.

The problem we had was not Hip Dysplacia (HD) but I would recommend the services of Steve and his team.

Good luck


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Yes she is insured with morethan and the seem very good so far have already paid me for the first of X rays.
My partner wasn't too happy with me for taking it out but who is laughing now :lol: :lol: see we have to prove them wrong !!!
 

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We are insured with MoreThan too, and they have been very good. Just as a word of warning, if you want Steve Butterworth to claim directly from MoreThan you need to tell them from the start. I made the mistake of paying the first visit myself and claiming back from MoreThan myself but then I had to do the same too for the operation with was over £1500. So just make sure you let them know asap of your intentions, something to do with they have to put a small claim in first to ensure it gets paid out before the put the large claim in.

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i had a letter to read when i was there outlining insurance and it stating that they want me to pay then claim it back from the insurance as they have no way of 'chasing the funds' as the insurance is taken out by myself but will have a chat with them to clarify.
Thanks for that will keep you posted :)
 
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