A couple of months ago when i got home my 1 1/2 year old lab was limping, we figued she hurt herself playing with our other lab. They play really rough at times, and she is very hyper constantly running around. A couple of days later she stopped limping so we thought nothing of it. Then i took her to the dog park a couple of weeks later and she took off running and reinjured it, same thing a couple of days later she was fine. So we stopped all exercise for a while, I took her walking this weekend she jogged but never really ran hard. Later that evening she started limping again so we made an appt at the vet.
We are not happy with our old vet so took her to the new vet that two friends recommended. The vet has labs and knows of the breed really well. This was the first time they have seen one of our animals, the vet said she thought she might have micro tears in her muscles but wanted to sedate her because her muscles were so tight. Nothing popped out during the exam so she did an x-ray and came back and told my husband she had hip dysplasia that her socket was shallow. She said no exercise for two weeks then slowly start taking her on walks again but keep her by our side and not let her jog or run.
She gave us info on a surgeon and said to take her there for a consult, but that unless we have the surgery she'll never be able to hunt or be an active dog again. For those of you that have had this problem, did you see signs in your dog before you found out they had hip dysplasia because she has never shown any signs before. Would you take her for a second opinion, or just get the consult and see what they say. She's so young and it's going to be hard to keep her from having little to no activity for the rest of her life. She's very active and hyper and so is our family, and I hate for her to be stuck in a kennel all the time alone when were gone with the other dogs out doing things.
I'll do what it takes don't get me wrong just trying to wrap my head around this and see what others think. Also if you did the surgery how was your dogs quality of life as she said she would be able to do everything she is now and get back to hunting, hiking, etc.
Update: We had an appt today with an othropedic specialist. Raven is no longer limping, as it only lasts a few days. He examed her for an hour and couldn't find anything wrong. He checked her knee caps and couldn't get them to pop out, he hypo and hyper extended her ankle/knee/hip joints and couldn't get any of them to show any weakness or stability issues. He said since she's not limping to start walking her again and slowing extend the walk, then start changing the momentum here in another week. He said if they tear a muscle or liagment that it usually takes 6 weeks to heal on it's own so lets try that avenue and then if she starts holding her leg in the air again and only walking on three legs to bring her in immediately so he can examine her and try to pin point the issue if it's anything else. She also has to stay kenneled during the day and crated in the house if she won't calm down. He also examined her hip x-ray and he wasn't concerned with it as she's not showing any symptoms or has even when hurt of having hip problems. He said she will probably have problems when older but its nothing to do surgery on now or worry about.
Her attitude has changed, she has never shown any aggression issues but is now growling at other dogs so I know something is bothering her even though she's not limping anymore. She also used to always lay in the living room and now she stays in the kitchen on the tile floor.
He also said I got great advice from you guys so I wanted to say Thanks!!!