Monday, 16 April 2007

Hips dysplasia (HD)

We noted one of shushu's hind leg is quite weak so last tuesday, I brought him to the vet for a checkup.

Vet says that shushu may have a posibility of HD as one of the hind leg is injured (he twisted it). He prescribed some supplement for shushu to take, which is glucosamine to help faster healing. However, the medication will need to be taken constantly for some time - at least 2 months for it to take effect. Vet also said not to let shushu jump alot, as it will put more pressure on his joints. This is quite hard to do considering he likes to jump on people as a form of greeting and when he is happy. We know that this is one of the bad behaviour and will do our best to control him.

I really hope he can get well soon.

What is HD actually? HD mainly affects large breed dogs such as GSD, Labrador, Golden, Rottweiler, Great Dane and St. Bernard. It affects the joints of the legs and can be inhereted from its parents.

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