Puppy With Bad Hips

by Susan
(Concord CA)

Holly Looking For Squirrels

Holly Looking For Squirrels

I adopted Holly from a shelter when she was almost 4 months old. Her litter-mate was in the same pen, but they decided she was not adoptable due to a lame leg, and instead, she was going to be sent to a rescue group.

Holly soon showed the same signs of lameness as her sister - her hip would pop out at the slightest provocation. I never noticed any actual signs of pain, she'd just lift her leg and keep running on three legs. I decided to try and pop it back in.

I'd turn her on her back and "bicycle" her legs and within a couple "cycles" I could feel a pop and she'd be fine again.

Eventually I realized that if she just sat down, flexing her hip, it would bring about the same result so I started to tell her "Sit and fix you leg" whenever she needed it. Maybe some day she'll decide to sit and fix her leg without my suggestion!

She's 2 1/2 years old now and only weighs 12 lbs, a very thin, lanky mixed-breed so there's not a lot of weigh on her joints.

However, I know that this will eventually cause her pain/arthritis etc. and am about to start her on Glucosamine/Chondroitin to hopefully slow the progression of disease.

I probably wouldn't have chosen to adopt her if she showed lameness while at the pound, but now I can't imagine my life without her "warts and all" even with her hidden problem.

I hope this helps someone who's dog is faced with a similar problem. I can't afford hip surgery, just hoping to provide here with a high quality of life for as long as that's possible. Some dogs may be put down even as puppies if they're showing lameness.

I would have missed out on a WONDERFUL pup, and Holly Belle would have missed out on years of love and affection and chasing squirrels with an occasional "SIT AND FIX YOUR LEG!"

Click here to post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Dog First Aid.