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Bradleyj February 5th, 2013 03:51 PM

Yellow lab with hip problems
Hi, everyone.
I have a 9 year old yellow lab who about a month ago had some problems with scratching and not wanting to eat his food. So, I moved him to a better food with more fish in it for his skin. He started eating the new food right away. then, About two weeks after that he became very lethargic. And starting having hip problems. We took him to the vet and they took some x-rays and said it was just arthritis and gave me some meloxicam. His energy perked up and he was able to go on short walks but, his hips were still bothering him( dragging behind and collapsing). When we went for a review of the x-rays and a follow up. I told her what had been happening and they now want to send him to a neurologist in Vancouver.
I'm not sure if this is something I should be doing or if it is even worth it. Don't get me wrong I love my dog and would do anything for him but, if he is in this much pain. Is it worth it? How would the scans they would give him help? Has anyone else gone through something like this?
I don't know what to do?

Barkingdog February 5th, 2013 05:28 PM

When my Standard Poodle had arthritis in his hips I was told him to bring to water therapy treatments but my poodle did not know he was water dog and hated to swim. Does your lap like to swim , I know it too cold now but when it get warmer out you could try this and see if it help.

Longblades February 7th, 2013 07:19 AM

What did the Xrays show? Damage in the spine could cause those symptoms and it might not be hips at all. My Lab girl was found to have invertebral disk disease and significant spinal spondylosis in about the middle of her back when she was 12.5. Her symptoms were similar though not nearly as bad as your dog, but her hips were excellent. We had her till she was 14.5 so I consider 9 to be fairly young.

If it was me I'd want a lot more detail from my Vet on WHY he/she is recommending a visit to a specialist. Maybe a second opinion from a different Vet is in order before you commit to the Neurologist.

marko February 7th, 2013 09:50 AM

Seems to me that at this point you are in a state of "the unknown" and that the level of pain is also unknown at this point.

How far is Vancouver for you? If it's not that far I might try that neurologist, or get a second opinion as Longblades suggests.

Dog Dancer February 7th, 2013 03:22 PM

Bradleyj is on Vancouver Island it seems, which is a $100 ferry bill each way on top of the bill for a specialist. I might be inclined to seek out a second opinion locally first. Did the vet do any spinal Xrays? When my AkitaX Shadow had arthritis it started in her hips but progressed to her spine.

pbpatti February 7th, 2013 06:50 PM

You can also contact a Tellington TTouch practioner that may offer some help for your Labbie. I have attached some that are in Victoria. I hope that your boy feels better soon.


Bradleyj February 7th, 2013 07:59 PM

Thanks for all your advice!

minmin12 February 10th, 2013 06:03 AM

I over exercised my puppy many years ago and he could not even get up to walk. I started to give him Glucosomine, Chondritin and MSM 3 time per day with food 900 mg after 6 months we and siblings had gone to park and he jumped sky high literally over 4' in tall grass I kept on feeding him this vitamin through out his entire life with his food and never had any issue at all. I believe you we treat our pets like children and vets do not always have the best interest in mind money money an X-ray would have proved hip issue not a nueroligist that is for brain and other functions that vet a quack:ca:

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