Anyone know about Hip Dysplasia?

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Anyone know about Hip Dysplasia?

Post by <. » Sun, 26 Jan 1997 04:00:00




Cosequin.  It contains glucosamine and glycosaminoglycans.  I'm looking for any information on
the effecacy of this treatment.
       The only material I have on this product is printed by the product's manufacturer.  Not exactly
unbiased.  Two vets I've talked to have not had personal experience with the product.
       Cosequin is very expensive.  It costs about $70 per month for my big dog.  Still I'm wondering
if it could be expected to give great benefit to my dog.
       I'd appreciate any information or suggestions of resources materials about this treatment.

Thank you,

Kim (and Shadow)

 
 
 

Anyone know about Hip Dysplasia?

Post by TL Schad » Sun, 26 Jan 1997 04:00:00


Kim writes about her dog, Shadow:


Quote:


supplement called
> Cosequin.   It costs about $70 per month for my big dog.  

Kim,
Sorry to hear about Shadow's diagnosis of hip dysplasia. I don't know how
old your dog is, but if it's still young, why don't you consider hip
surgery? This will *eliminate* your dog's hip pain, rather than just
treating the pain itself. I would much rather my dog undergo the surgical
procedure and brief recovery period and be painfree the rest of its life
than to be treated with God knows what for its remaining years. I have a
5-year old Labrador Retriever who had triple pelvic osteotomy on both hips
4 years ago and she is as spry and agile (and painfree & drugfree) as a
youngster! I hope this is an option for Shadow.
Peace,

 
 
 

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Post by Kelly L. Mesenbu » Sun, 26 Jan 1997 04:00:00


Quote:


>Cosequin.  It contains glucosamine and glycosaminoglycans.  I'm looking for any information on
>the effecacy of this treatment.
>       The only material I have on this product is printed by the product's manufacturer.  Not exactly
>unbiased.  Two vets I've talked to have not had personal experience with the product.
>       Cosequin is very expensive.  It costs about $70 per month for my big dog.  Still I'm wondering
>if it could be expected to give great benefit to my dog.
>       I'd appreciate any information or suggestions of resources materials about this treatment.
>Thank you,
>Kim (and Shadow)

Have a GSD with hip dysplasia and a product called Glycoflex was
recommended.  A post I just read a week ago said Glycoflex had was
the same stuff in it as Cosequin,  just in natural form.  It's only
about $30 for a 60 day supply for my 60lb. dog.  I personnally
don't know if it truly is the same stuff or not.  You may
want to check it out.

Kelly (and Cina)

 
 
 

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Post by Shari Bernha » Wed, 29 Jan 1997 04:00:00



Subject: Re: Anyone know about Hip Dysplasia?


|>

|> supplement called Cosequin.  It contains glucosamine and glycosaminoglycans.  |> I'm looking for any information on the effecacy of this treatment.
|> The only material I have on this product is printed by the product's
|> manufacturer.  Not exactly unbiased.  Two vets I've talked to have not had
|> personal experience with the product.
|> Cosequin is very expensive.  It costs about $70 per month for my big dog.
|> Still I'm wondering if it could be expected to give great benefit to my dog.
|> I'd appreciate any information or suggestions of resources materials about
|> this treatment.
|>
|> Thank you,
|> Kim (and Shadow)

Hi, Kim,

You don't say what the severity of the HD is, how old your dog is, or what his
condition is.  My Frieda, a GSD mix Hurricane Andrew orphan, was diagnosed with
mild-to-moderate hip dysplasia.  She is now about 5.5 years old now and has no
obvious symptoms, except for sitting funny. :-)  She runs like a crazy dog and
has even torn her cruciate ligament because of her running (it was operated on
and is completely healed).  She shows no signs of pain or discomfort.

My Raven (R.I.P. 8/95) was a GSD mix who eventually succumbed to Degenerative
Myelopathy, a progressive nerve disease.  I gave her Glyco-Flex supplements,
which is a glucosamine supplement and a derivative from shellfish.  It stinks,
but it seemed to help Raven quite a bit until she got really bad.  Ask your
vet about Glyco-Flex.

A friend of mine whose golden retriever has severe HD was successfully treated
with high doses of vitamin C, but I always wonder about vitamin claims.

If your dog isn't having trouble, and isn't in constant pain, then I'd just
give him an occasional Ascriptin (aspirin with Maalox) when he seems stiff
or uncomfortable.  If your vet hasn't heard of Glyco-Flex, call around to a
few other veterinary offices.  Once you find it, you can have your vet order
it for you.  That's what I did.

Good luck!
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Post by jk.. » Sat, 01 Feb 1997 04:00:00


Quote:


>Cosequin.  It contains glucosamine and glycosaminoglycans.  I'm looking for any information on
>the effecacy of this treatment.
>Kim (and Shadow)

Sorry to hear about your dog.  I know how it feels.  My 1.5 year mix
has hip dysplasia.    As an earlier post said you didn't say how bad
it is or how old your dog is  or how big your dog is .

There are three different types of operations they can do.  One is
usually done before the dog is a year old.  One is supposed to not be
real good for dogs over 50 lbs and one (total hip replacement) is
pretty expense ($2000 a hip.

If your dog is young there is also a chance that the hip muscles will
tighten up.   My dog is on Cosequin and has been for over a year.  At
first I didn't think it helped much but after I upped the dosage one
day I noticed a big difference.  She had elbow surgery to remove bone
chips and after that her hips tightened up.  She is now running like a
maniac and jumping (which she never did before).  

 
 
 

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Post by NEjohn » Tue, 11 Feb 1997 04:00:00


My 19 month old Bulldog has just been diagnosed as having HD.  As I write
this, xrays are being sent to Iowa State Univ. School of Vet. Medicine to
evaluate for a Triple Pelvic Ostiotomy...a cutting of the pelvic bone in
three places in order to realign the hip socket(s).  Cost?  A mere $1200.
Have made the decision to go ahead with this as the prognosis is a return
to total normalcy.  I'm looking for pet owners who have had the procedure
done on their animals to confirm their results.  So far, I have been able
to find none.  Frustrating!

 
 
 

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Post by TL Schad » Sun, 16 Feb 1997 04:00:00




Quote:
> My 19 month old Bulldog has just been diagnosed as having HD.  As I write
> this, xrays are being sent to Iowa State Univ. School of Vet. Medicine to
> evaluate for a Triple Pelvic Ostiotomy...a cutting of the pelvic bone in
> three places in order to realign the hip socket(s).  Cost?  A mere $1200.
> Have made the decision to go ahead with this as the prognosis is a return
> to total normalcy.  I'm looking for pet owners who have had the procedure
> done on their animals to confirm their results.  So far, I have been able
> to find none.  Frustrating!

--------------------------------------------------->

Well, you just found one! My black Labrador, Delilah, was diagnosed with
severe hip dysplasia in both hips when she was 10 months old. She
subsequently underwent a triple pelvic osteotomy on both hips about 5 weeks
apart. She is now five years old and you would never know she ever had
anything wrong with her. She can run, jump and catch tennis balls like a
youngster. I'm so glad we made this important decision for our girl. The
cost really didn't enter into the decision making process either. We knew
that we had to do everything we could to ensure her quality of life and we
did!

If you'd like m***support or have any questions about the post-operative
recovery period, I would be happy to provide you with our experiences. I'm
so glad you are taking such good care of your beloved Bulldog. Good luck.

Peace,
Lisa Schade

 
 
 

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Post by T GRIF » Sun, 16 Feb 1997 04:00:00


Hi Lisa,

It was good to read your reponse to this.  We just found out yesterday
that our 20 month old has HD also.  He is a big dog (77 pounds) and very
active.  The vet told us that he shouldn't run or play frisbee anymore.
We don't know how to "play" with him without all the activity.  We are
considering the surgery, but until then how do we play with him and keep
him from being bored to death?  Do you have any ideas or the things to
try?

Thank you for your time!

Tanya, Alan, and Sluggo