RCLCJR wrote:That all sounds better than I was expecting. I had him done just for piece of mind. The dog shows no signs whatsoever and has been working very hard without a single limp. The only thing that caught my attention was every now and then he would do a slight skip when he went into trot, other than that, nothing. I am trying to get a copy of the x rays to send to a ortho vet for a second opinion.
The vet told me to basically keep working him, try to avoid high impact stuff like high jumping and do lots of water work, and she recommended probably not breeding him.
Do any of you all think joint supplements would be a good idea? She recommended some but I have no experience with them.
Your vet recommended "probably" not breeding him??? For the love of all that is holy, definitely
do not breed him. I would have him neutered to ensure breeding does not happen "accidentally".
The slight skip you noticed is probably a conformation thing, I have seen that in perfectly sound dogs. I have never seen an oral supplement that I thought did anything. I have used Adequan (injectable) for years, although not for HD (my line was pretty clear, all OFA G/E) and it is the real deal. I used it to hold partial cruciate tears ( which is an off-label use), in an older dog with elbow arthritis from a prior injury, and in a pup with a mystery front end lameness. It is not a drug and lacks the side effects of drugs. It gets to the joints in 2 hours and you can see
the results in the dog's behavior. I never give pain meds such as Rimadyl (and I believe there are currently better ones on the market such as Tramadol) unless the dog is in so much pain it wouldn't eat, which has never happened with my hogs.
This is all for future reference, I would not do anything special right now except use common sense re: things like exercise, weight, etc., until/unless the dog shows signs of discomfort. Your dog may never have a problem. And as I mentioned in my previous post, I would make damn sure the positioning for the rads was spot on, it is critical, especially if the result was unilateral HD.It can be a bit difficult to get it right with Chessies because of their conformation. Positioning can't make a bad hip look good, but it can sure as hell make a good hip look bad; personal experience speaking here.