Just last week I received the following email from the owner of a young Newfoundland ( or as we affectionately call them ‘Newfs’), who is in a quandary as to the best course to follow to deal with this debilitating issue in one so young.
Here’s what she wrote:
Hi I was reading your artical on the brace for hip dysplasia, I have a
8 month old newf that has just been diganosed with hip dysplasia. I
have been looking for away to help her be more comforable until we
have are next referral apointment when she is over a year old. The vet
suggested a hip replacement when she is 1-18 months. I didnt really
want this as I think she is to young to get this done incase it would
need redone when older again. Did you see much of a difference when
your newfoundland got the brace? And have there been a great
improvement since you tryed it? Suzie is an active newfoundland even
with the dysplasia and was just wanting more information on the brace.
There are two blogs on this site on the subject of hip dysplasia written by my brother, Peter, who also has a Newf with this problem.
Here is his response to the query above:
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