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Problem with my labs hip


My little gyp has developed problems in her hip and I trying to figure out how to cure the problem. I wanna see if yall have very had experienced this before.

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*4.5 year old female lab
*English build. 55lbs would be an ideal weight.
*A tad over weight, but far from obese. Weighing in at 58lbs right now.
*Starts limping after exercise and training.
*Developed limp back in Feb
*Very pronounced a few hours after exercise. The harder she runs the more pronounced the limp
*I have given her a few weeks rest - still limps when she runs.
*Its in the right hip - same hip she sleeps and sits on (Yes, I know she has a lazy sit)
*No exercise no limp
*She has been checked twice for dysplasia - Negative
*No pain when I give her hip a hand examination

Have any of yall experienced anything like this? I have been messing with labs/retrievers for years and I'm lost for answers.

It doesn't appear to be terribly painful. Its like it is too stiff or her leg is asleep.

Maybe it is arthritis, but she seems so young for that. Further, she should have the wear and tear on that hip.

I read online where someone suggested a product called Trixslyn for a lab with similar symptoms. Its a bone and joint supplement, but honestly I have no idea if it is snake oil or not.

Any help or suggestions would greatly be appreciated.



This post was edited on 5/10 at 12:29 pm



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fisherbm1112
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re: Problem with my labs hip


Maybe hip dysplacia?





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JAB528
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Paging cootkilla.

On a serious note, it sounds like it may be arthritis. But she's a tad young for that in my experiences.






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I realize she is only a few pounds over weight, but take as much weight off as possible. even though 55# might be ideal for the average, her body size might be 45, 50, etc...

5#'s on a 50lb dog is 20#'s on a person. Try the green bean diet.






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My old roommates dog had hip dysplasia and wouldn't move for a day after it was acting up. Also limped and just didn't run on his bad leg. Got the surgery at LSU and runs faster than ever





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re: Problem with my labs hip


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dysplasia
would be my guess






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fishfighter
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Maybe it is arthritis


Even at that age it can happen. Only way would be to check is take it to a vet for x-rays. They do have meds that help big time. Also science diet has a dog food that helps out big time for arthritis.






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Vol Fan in the Bayou
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her body size might be 45, 50


Its not 45. She hasn't seen 45 since she was a pup. At 50lbs I'm distinctly seeing rib bones and doesn't look healthy. 53lbs might be closer to ideal.

I am starting to wonder if her food might be contributing to the issue. She has constantly eaten Diamond Lamb and Rice since she turned 1. Maybe try something different?






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Vol Fan in the Bayou
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Maybe hip dysplacia?


She's been x-rayed twice. Once when I thought about breeding her and the second time when I decided to get her fixed late last August.






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X-rayed the whole leg?





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If the doctors say her hip is fine, and she doesn't whimper when you press on it, it might not be the damn hip. Might be her foot.





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Vol Fan in the Bayou
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X-rayed the whole leg?


You know, I don't know that answer to that. Both x-rays were to screen for hip dysplasia. Someone feel free to correct me, but I thought they just shot the hip region when screening.






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BRgetthenet
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You've gotta stop running her hard. The hips could be starting to have subluxation.

I have the same size lab, build, English, etc.,

We stopped working her so hard and she has avoided surgery.







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BRgetthenet
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You can start giving her glucosamine too, that will help.

I'll get the dosage and post again later.






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LouisianaChessie
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Distinctly seeing ribs.

Her ideal weight is when you cans distinctly see her last two ribs. Not saying she's overweight because obviously I've never seen her but I would venture to say that most labs, especially in the off season are over weight.






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Vol Fan in the Bayou
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If the doctors say her hip is fine, and she doesn't whimper when you press on it, it might not be the damn hip. Might be her foot.


No whimper on the foot, knee or hip. Nothing. Its the oddest thing. Honestly, if a doc touched, push, rubbed or squeezed me as much as I did that gyp he would have gotten an arse whooping and then he'd be in jail. I shite you not, I have spent hours trying to narrow it down.






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BRgetthenet
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A 500mg capsule with her breakfast will help.

You can use the generic stuff from the pharmacy.






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Capt ST
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Try giving her baby aspirin.





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BRgetthenet
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That's a short term fix. The long term fix is to exercise her on a leash at a brisk pace, and not let her break out into a full sprint.

Eventually, the hip will have full luxation, and will require surgery.



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Vol Fan in the Bayou
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Her ideal weight is when you cans distinctly see her last two ribs


That's between 53-55 lbs. 50lbs you are seeing a lot more and too big of an indentation between the ribs and hip region.

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I've never seen her but I would venture to say that most labs, especially in the off season are over weight.



I hear you. My old field trial dogs where the only ones that weren't routinely a few pounds overweight in the spring. This gyp is more of a pet and doesn't hunt or train a ton. I take her maybe 3-4 times a season. Weight goes up a few pounds in the winter. She goes training with me all the time, but mostly finds a shady spot to go lay around until its time for fun bumpers. Then she runs like hell. Runs like hell with my kids too.






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