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    Hi all. Sorry I've not been on here for a while we've been having a real time of things.



    Has anyone else got or had a young Bully with Hip dysplasia?



    All advice and stories will be welcomed I really need to hear from people in my shoes. We are in such a rubbish place right now and I must say a very scary one too

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    @loalsa
    Take a deep breath and look at this link: Orthopedic Foundation for Animals
    The first breed listed is the bulldog. As you can see, out of the 564 evaluations done 71.6% have hip dysplasia. So you're far from alone.

    Blue was diagnosed with it at 9 months. His is very mild. So mild that the regular vet missed it altogether and thought he had normal hips. But the radiologist caught it. We're going to deal with it when, or if, we see symptoms. He's going to be 2 years old on December 5th and so far, so good. He's not showing any signs of pain or symptoms.
    Wellie also has it and it's the same deal for him. If he starts showing pain, we'll handle it as it comes. Wellie's is more severe though so I have no doubt he'll need meds. eventually.

    Depending on the severity, they may or may never show symptoms, or they can be mild to severe. It's a condition that varies from dog to dog.

    How was it diagnosed in your pup? X-ray? And what grade is it?


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    As Ellie stated majority of Bulldogs do have some level of HD.... my girl was diagnosed at 8 months old and never had any issues, she lived an active and fun life for 9 yrs nothing stopped her from running, playing, jumping etc
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    She's severe. Past the point of corrective surgery ie...pelvis tilt, they want to correct her legs first her patella laxation, then if she's the same as now it's full hip replacements and she's only 2 days over 6 months

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    I know many here had the patella surgery and at least one had the hip replacement. I think it was @Petra who did the hip replacement for one of her bullies?


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    Hi loalsa, I'm sorry you and your baby are going through this

    I have two bulldog girls with HD, Boeboe got diagnosed only at the age of 2, hers is not severe but she's had FHO (femoral head ostectomy) on the leg that was worst. Her symptoms were stiffness when cold or after sleeping and occasional limping.

    Joey got diagnosed just after we got her a the age of 3, she's a rescue so I'm not sure about her past. Hers is severe but she didn't really show any symptoms other than weakness in the back legs. She's had FHO on both legs.

    At this point hip replacements for bulldogs especially are hard as their body structure differs from the standard. I'd be very careful if going for the replacement, make sure the veterinarian is clued up on bulldogs and ask about their success rate among bulldogs. What vet you choose is very important, if they're not specialist or used to bulldogs I'd move on. Ask your vet about FHO, it basically means that you take the "head" off the bone that's connected to the hip socket so it doesn't cause pain. What will happen when it's off is that tissue builds up around the area and creates a false joint... kind of. It's hard to explain. Both my girls have done great after the FHO, Joey had her first operation in 2011 and second one in 2012. Boeboe had hers 11 months ago. Boeboe's recovery time was so much faster than Joey's, I think it's mainly due to weight and activity level before the operation, so to keep the weight down will help a lot.

    After a FHO they will walk immediately, my girls stayed at the vet for 2-3 days and once home they have to stay calm for 2 weeks. I guess the time depends but for my girls it worked out like that.

    They are on a glucosamine supplement which in mild cases of HD can help so operation isn't necessary but we decided for surgery rather than pain medications.



    What does it mean it's past the point of corrective surgery? Is FHO not possible? If in any doubt about your vet look for a second opinion just to make sure. I know it's a really sad and sucky situation to be in, I've cried many tears over my kids situation but now they are doing great
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    Quote Originally Posted by Petra View Post
    Hi loalsa, I'm sorry you and your baby are going through this

    I have two bulldog girls with HD, Boeboe got diagnosed only at the age of 2, hers is not severe but she's had FHO (femoral head ostectomy) on the leg that was worst. Her symptoms were stiffness when cold or after sleeping and occasional limping.

    Joey got diagnosed just after we got her a the age of 3, she's a rescue so I'm not sure about her past. Hers is severe but she didn't really show any symptoms other than weakness in the back legs. She's had FHO on both legs.

    At this point hip replacements for bulldogs especially are hard as their body structure differs from the standard. I'd be very careful if going for the replacement, make sure the veterinarian is clued up on bulldogs and ask about their success rate among bulldogs. What vet you choose is very important, if they're not specialist or used to bulldogs I'd move on. Ask your vet about FHO, it basically means that you take the "head" off the bone that's connected to the hip socket so it doesn't cause pain. What will happen when it's off is that tissue builds up around the area and creates a false joint... kind of. It's hard to explain. Both my girls have done great after the FHO, Joey had her first operation in 2011 and second one in 2012. Boeboe had hers 11 months ago. Boeboe's recovery time was so much faster than Joey's, I think it's mainly due to weight and activity level before the operation, so to keep the weight down will help a lot.

    After a FHO they will walk immediately, my girls stayed at the vet for 2-3 days and once home they have to stay calm for 2 weeks. I guess the time depends but for my girls it worked out like that.

    They are on a glucosamine supplement which in mild cases of HD can help so operation isn't necessary but we decided for surgery rather than pain medications.



    What does it mean it's past the point of corrective surgery? Is FHO not possible? If in any doubt about your vet look for a second opinion just to make sure. I know it's a really sad and sucky situation to be in, I've cried many tears over my kids situation but now they are doing great
    Hi, Blossom can't have the FHO as she is no where near the sockets so even with the heads on the leg it's over 4mm away and around 6-8 above that's why we was all (including the hospital) so shocked. He is the best here, he's a orthopaedic professor and one of the best in the uk

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    Quote Originally Posted by loalsa View Post
    Hi, Blossom can't have the FHO as she is no where near the sockets so even with the heads on the leg it's over 4mm away and around 6-8 above that's why we was all (including the hospital) so shocked. He is the best here, he's a orthopaedic professor and one of the best in the uk
    I'm sorry to hear that I didn't know FHO wasn't possible in some cases. I don't know anything about hip replacement sadly, I hope it will work out for your baby. What's her symptoms?
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