Hip Dysplasia ?

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    Hip Dysplasia ?

    Corgi has started showing signs of what I think is early hip dysplasia. He is two and a half years old.

    He's never been a very athletic dog and he has always been very stiff, but I never thought much of it. He has also always had a habit of dragging his back legs around when he's moving short distances, something I have heard other Corgis do as well.

    When he wakes up from sleep, Corgi is very lazy and appears to be very stiff. When he runs, he looks hilarious like he is hopping around and almost looks like he is wobbling. He can not jump at all and never has been able to jump high. Also, after a long walk he will act like he's very sore and doesn't move well when we are done. He may walk a few steps and then sit right back down. Sometimes when he is playing with Buster, Buster will hit him too hard and I'll hear a whimper, and then Corgi will just sit down and not want to move around for a few minutes. In addition, Corgi can not sit normally (I don't know if this is due to the hip). When he sits, he always has to have his legs out to one side and can not tuck them like a normal dog. It almost looks like his spine is too long for his short body or something...

    Corgi is relatively small and weighs around 25 pounds. He is definitely not overweight and he gets good exercise (2-3 short walks per day.)

    Anyone have any input or suggestions on whether it is Hip Dysplasia and what to do about it?

    Thanks!
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    It sounds like he's been showing signs of joint problems for a long time. He's never been able to jump high, always been very stiff... I've also never heard of any dog dragging it's legs around that didn't have severe HD or wasn't paralyzed.

    Hip x-rays would be the first thing on my list. Then his spine. Elbows too, for the heck of it. Once we figure out what's causing his pain, we'll be better able to help you both deal with it.

    Keep us updated. Hope he's feeling better soon!
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    Alex, make an appointment with the vet.
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    Degenerative myelopathy comes to mind for me. You want to find out if it's his legs or his spine.

    Definitely keep us posted! Sending healing thoughts your way.
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    Did you find out anything?
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    I agree, i would take him to the vet to be checked throroughly.
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    Other things that should be checked are his patella's (knee joints) and hock joints. It could also be arthritis.

    He's too young for DM and it's unusual for a corgi to show symptoms of HD at the age of 2. Possible but unusual.

    You need to see your vet. And have his rear legs throughly checked. All the joints not just the hips. And if you do hip x rays, send them in to the OFA for a rating. Most vets can not accurately read and diagnose HD in corgis. They NEED to go to the OFA!!

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    Corgi got X-ray today. He has hip dysplasia on his right hip. Vet recommends Femoral Head Ostectomy. Unfortunately, I don't have thousands of dollars right now. Will post more information when I have time.
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    Alex,
    I would strongly urge you to take your dog in for a second opinion to a vet that will send in the hip xrays to OFA to be looked at and reviewed. My ex-vet looked at xrays of Dillon as a 8 month old puppy ( brought him in due to a limp) and told me he had "elbow dysplasia".. I then got a second opinion from a ortho surgeon specialist who told me he had premature bone plate closure... they were both suggesting seriously invasive, painful, expensive surgeries that would have had long long recouperation periods. In the end , it turned out they were both WRONG and didn't realize what a NORMAL corgi skelleton really looks like. they both misdiagnosed my dog. I had another vet who owns, breeds, shows corgis look and she saw a "typically developing corgi frame" and a dog that had panosteitis ( aka growing pains) which is why he was limping.

    Not saying your vet is not good but i would want a second opinion from someone who is really really versed at reading corgi xrays (OFA) before i would want to spend huge money on a very invasive surgery that may or maynot be needed.

    In the mean time, please try not to be too upset yet and give corgi some special snuggles. I am sure you are upset by this diagnosis... but they may be wrong..
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    I am sending healing thoughts your way. I also think a second opinion is warranted at this point. Keep us posted.
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    Arthroscopic surgeon looked at it at my vet's office and said the same thing. Definite Hip Dysplasia, recommends Femoral Head Ostectomy. The vet was actually able to show me that he could pop Corgi's right leg in and out, and I felt it. He said he'd probably been in pain his entire life.
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    I am so sorry to hear that. I will continue the healing thoughts. Is there any other option besides surgery?
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    Has anyone's dog had this procedure done? Is it safe/ effective ?
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    It's not a total solution, but my Chessie with elbow/hip displaysia was helped greatly by glucosamine/chondritin. It made the difference between him not being able to hardly walk to playing like a puppy for a while. My vet could dislocate his joints very easily - he was a structural mess. Will the surgery correct this problem for life?
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