|Barked: Fri Nov 12, '10 3:34pm PST |
I'm kinda new here but I have some experience with HD...
Maybe this is obvious, but hip replacement surgery is the only real "fix" for a dog that already has HD. An FHO works ok in small dogs, but that's a salvage surgery and so it is never going to get the dog back to 100%. Hip replacement, on the other hand, can get the dog back to better than he ever was - a good hip replacement is "as good as new".
Some breed do better with HD than others. I met an 8 year old Ovcharka with severe HD and you would have never know, it didn't slow him down one bit, but in his case it was so severe there was no grinding of the ball (head) in the (hip) socket. He could jump a 6 foot fence with ease.
Then we have an Akita who developed severe HD at 6 months of age and it has grown worse with age, for him it was debilitating. He was clearly in pain and his quality of life was low. He had significant rubbing of the head and socket.
We have a little Shiba rescue too, she actually luxated her hip - it was horrible, and she was in a lot of pain. We did an FHO on her and now she is back to 90% of what she was - no pain, but she moves a little funny at times.
Anyway, my point is, if a dog is happy and having fun not showing significant signs of pain then I wouldn't do anything. When and if the times comes that it is debilitating then I would make a choice as to what to do. She could go well into her teens w/o significant pain or she could start showing pain soon. Either way the "fix" is the same - hip replacement. The "fix" is the same for severe or light HD and it all depends on how the quality of the dog's life.
IMHO, if she was gonna be slowed down by HD it would have been obvious at an early age. I'm no expert tho.
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