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Just an update Honey has had her xrays today and has hip dysplasia her left is worse than her right so she’s on anti inflammatory and joint tablets and will be starting hydrotherapy in the coming weeks with a view to strengthening her bum muscles to pull her hips in before we look at anything more drastic
 

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Sorry to read this. You might find that is all you will need. Hydrotherapy helps strengthen muscles without putting weight on the joints. The danger is of course, arthritis setting in later in life.
 

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I'm sorry to read this, hopefully it's something that can be managed. A good friend of mine has a dog who was diagnosed with HD at about 18 months old from memory, and he's doing really well with controlled exercise and supplements. They have also kept him entire as neutering/spaying can exacerbate any problems, so if she is entire, I would leave her that way until she is a bit older and all growing is done, so approx 2-2 1/2 years of age. It means you will have to manage seasons, I don't take my girls out at all when they are in season, but it would be better for her in the long run.
 

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thank you apparently it’s only mild with the left side being worse, I’ve asked for a referral to a specialist to see what they think just for piece of mind, nothing again let my vets but more for me.
 

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At least you now know what you're dealing with and can start treatment straight away. Hydrotherapy can make a lot of difference and certainly worth trying.
 

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Yeah we will try anything they suggest, fortunately it’s not really bad and she’s happy enough it’s just hard stopping her playing with the other dogs. I’ll see what the specialist says as they may be happy with the treatment plan set out by my vets
 

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Further update Honey is going to see Manchester Vet Specialists on 23/6 in the meantime we will start her on hydrotherapy and see from there
 

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So sorry to hear this, I can imagine how gutted you feel.

I had a Weimaraner many years ago who had severe bilateral hip dysplasia that was picked up before 12 mths old. He went on to have a total hip replacement aged 3 which was a brilliant success and gave him back a very active painfree life.

Good luck and please keep us updated.
 

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Thank you for all your replies, I’m honestly fine with it, we’ll do anything it takes for her to enjoy her life. My other lab was diagnosed with cancer 24months ago and has had numerous surgeries equally around £20k so far we had the bad news that it’s no longer operable and maybe has 4-6 months left but we literally did everything we could and she’s been happy since being diagnosed. Now we’ve got this little terror to get better feels like we’re being very unlucky at the moment but wouldn’t change them for the world
 

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Have you thought about acupuncture? It was recommended to me and at first I po pood the idea but gave it a go with my chocolate boy who had elbow dysplasia and arthritis. It’s a condition he had from just a few months old and it really worked. I’m not saying it will for all dogs but like you I did everything that I could for him. I lost him last year aged 14 and think he had a great and fulfilling life. Might be worth a go if you can find someone locally to yourself who practices it.
 

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Thank you I’m happy to try anything fortunately she’s not in pain and just wanting to run round but as my vet says the hard work we put in now will pay dividends in the future
 
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