Dear Dr. Kruger,
I need 2 answers, if you do not mind...
1) First of all my sister-in-law has a Great Dane, she is 1 1/2 years old, she weighs 140lbs and her name is Oakley. She has been diagnosed with "Hip dysplasia". We were needing more information on this. We would like to know what we can do to correct this situation.
2) Second, I have a Lapsa Apso, she is 15 years old and she weighs 22lbs and her name is Odie. It seems as though gravity is pulling her spine down in the center of her back. Every veterinarian that I have taken her to just says she is old. All I want to know is how l can strengthen the spinal muscles in her back. Is there a protein supplement pre and post exercise or something that could correct this condition. She is relatively active, especially since we got the English Bulldog puppy so it is not like she is laying around lazy all of the time. Thank you, in advance, for your help. Sincerely,
Mary F, Texas
HD is a complicated subject. There are many degrees of HD. A severe case at this age can be corrected surgically by rearranging the bone structure of the pelvis. This must be determined by a bone surgeon. Milder cases can be managed by performing and procedure called a pectineal myotomy. This is not a very common procedure BUT it does work. The surgeon MUST recheck the surgical area 6 weeks post surgically to see that there are not adhesion's. These will reverse the effectiveness of the surgery. More mild cases can be managed medically with the use of my Healthy Joint formula. We have had very good pain relief with this formula, and I would advise its use with any case of HD, even post surgically. Hope this info helps. Your older dog can also be put on the same supplement and you can exercise her by having her jump over a series of low jumps, say 4 to 5 inches high. This will help develop loin muscles to strengthen her back. However, some times old age will not allow the muscles to change much. Sorry there is not a more positive answer available. My best.
Chuck Kruger, DVM