Dog With Hip Problems

I have a flat coated retriever mix that is two years old. When she was little she had a problem with her hind hips. She would pull them out of socket when playing. In the last day or so she seems to be hurting and is have trouble standing. It's hard for her to get up off the floor. Could this be arthritis?

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Deborah from Jacksonville, FL

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January 10, 20060 found this helpful

It could possibly be arthritis. The only way to know for sure it to see your vet. I would have the dog seen ASAP. In the meantime, it would probably be ok to give her a children's aspirin for the pain.

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January 10, 20060 found this helpful

I'm no vet, but it sure sounds like it to me. Please get her to a vet because it will only get worse and, with the current cold weather (yes, even in Jax...I'm in Green Cove Springs) it is probably very painful. (I know my bones are!)

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January 10, 20060 found this helpful

You might want to have her tested by a vet for hip dysplasia...it is quite common is some large breeds. It only gets worse with age...

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January 10, 20060 found this helpful

WAS IT CATS OR DOGS THAT ASPIRIN CAN KILL????

Please get you dog to a Vet fast. Ask if there is an over the counter drug that will work for animals as well as humans for pain, That won't cost so much.

( Pepto Bismol is one that they recommended for our Doxie for upset tummy.)

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January 11, 20060 found this helpful

Tylenol kills cats. Baby asperin can be given to dogs but only one. Benadryl can be given to dogs for insect bites and to calm nerves but only on the advise of the vet. The dosage depends on the weight. I had a Husky once who ate a spider and her eyes swelled shut. I rushed her to the vet and they gave her an injection of epinephrine. The vet said a dog's throat won't close up like humans which was a relief. The vet advised me to keep benedryl on hand for insect bites and such. My Husky's face was so swollen she looked like a Sharpei!! Poor baby.

If your dog is having hip problems, please take her to the vet. It may have hip dysplasia like others have suggested. This isn't normal and if not corrected, your beloved pet will suffer and have a diminished quality of life and you don't want that.

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January 11, 20060 found this helpful

Your puppy's problem sounds like classic hip dysplasia, which is common in large breeds. It is hereditary, with a small bit of environmental factors adding to the mix. There's not much other than surgery that can be done to correct it. You can find supplements that claim to improve the malformation of the hip ball and socket joint but if the dog has had problems since it was very young (and smaller), it is likely that the degeneration has progressed beyond what any supplement can correct.

It is heartbreaking to have a pet in pain. Care should be taken when choosing large breed puppies, to note that hip problems aren't present in the bloodline or at least the parents. Very few people know of the genetic problems that can manifest themselves in the later years of their pet's life. Hopefully your vet can steer you in the right direction for care and/or treatment of you pet.

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January 11, 20060 found this helpful

you can give the dog one buffern a day and you will probably see a difference in a week, i have one with the same problem and she is a differnt dog now, dont worry , if it dosent help it sure wont hurt.

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January 11, 20060 found this helpful

My vet used to recommend 1 baby aspirin for my 10-12 pound Maltese. It does really help with arthritis. In any case, it would be best to have her looked over by a vet.

Susan from ThriftyFun

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January 11, 20060 found this helpful

Sounds like hip dysplasia. There are degrees of severity and x-rays are the only way to tell. Many vets are not experienced in positioning and reading hip films. You must find out how bad her hips are.

Have your vet x-ray her and send the films to OFA, he can tell you the address. It will cost $10 or $20 to have them read. Then you'll know for sure. No dog should be in pain. Depending on her weight, you can give her buffered aspirin. Ask vet for dose. Give with food, watch for stomach issues or bloody stool.

Keep her lean and muscled up to promote hip support and don't over excercize her.

When you get her hips x-rayed, talk with vet about pain medication. The procedure can be painful for an older dog as their legs must be spread to accurately view the hip socket. Please keep us posted on your findings and treatment.

...been there

Vicka

P.S. If your vet gets sniffy about an OFA reading, find a new vet.

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January 11, 20060 found this helpful

The popping in and out of joint is not arthritis...it is hip dysplasia. X-rays are needed to confirm. Your vet may not advise sending the films to OFA since he can more than likely give you an "educated" reading on the approx. severity of the dysplasia. (OFA is more utilized to certify the condition of the hip joints.) If the hip has been popping out since puppyhood, its pretty advanced already. Your dog will get to the point of not rising at all, so medication would be necessary to keep her at least mobile enough to get outside.

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January 11, 20060 found this helpful

Why not look into a wheel chair for your baby I havea bassit hound and went down in his back and I boughthim a wheel chair just look up wheel chairs for dogs or look up wheel chairs for disable dogs I hope this helps

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January 11, 20060 found this helpful

hi debbie

i used to live in middleburg. i worked at barnett bank in jax.

anyway take the dog to the vet. both of my dogs have taken rymdal for arthritis pain.

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December 5, 20060 found this helpful

I have a Black Lab and Greyhound mixed he is pretty tall but is having a hard time getting up from the floor is really struggling. What can I give my dog to help with some of the discomfort? The dog is about 75lbs. He doesn't seem to be crying but looks painful when he is struggling to get up and having a hard time as well to sit down also.

Thanks Stacey, K from GA

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September 18, 20080 found this helpful

My labbie is a big boy almost 110 pounds he has suffered from hip displacia his whole life however he was 7 before we had xrays! He takes glyco-flex soft chews, fish oi, which the vet says adds some snot between the joints and makes movement less painful and aspirin for pain he is eleven years old winters are the hardest for him but for the most part he lives relatively pain free we tried a lot of meds before we found one that worked for shadow and also fit into our budget! None of the medications are cheep but you would be surprised how far you can make a budget stretch when the heart is involved best of luck!

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