That's why I thought I'd post the x-ray. Compared to x-rays I've seen of dogs with dysplasia her's didn't look all that bad, but I don't know much about grading hips.An orthopedist was pushing for surgery on THOSE hips?
Nope. She was spayed at 7 months.Has she been in heat recently?
Probably. There are two ways hips can "look good" on an x-ray. One is structurally/the appearance of the joint - which, I think your dogs' hips look pretty good. Now, an x-ray is just a moment in time, so there can be factors that might affect precisely how good/bad hips look on any specific x-ray, but in general the joint itself is not going to transform completely from fantastic to horrible from x-ray to x-ray. Keep in mind a couple of things, too - one, correct positioning of hip x-rays is designed to make the hips look as "bad" as possible to look for subtle dysplasia, and two, that a dog under sedation is incredibly relaxed and often you can get some joint laxity in a dog who is simply very flexible even if there isn't HD present.The vet mentioned because she is so young (1 year) her hips still look good on x-ray. I guess it was the joint laxity he was basing it off of?
The vet did not. He did show me the x-ray and then mentioned about her age and her x-rays looking fine. The Ortho didn't really go over the x-ray with me either. He did manipulate her hips a bit but then started talking surgery. He talked about doing a TPO (Triple Pelvic Osteotomy) surgery. He also wanted to sedate her to feel the laxity in her hips. Since surgery is out I really didn't want to put her through that again as last time it seemed that popping her hips out several times while sedated didn't feel the best for her. So I opted out of having that done. He mentioned keeping her active and watch for signs of pain. That was about it.Not a vet, but have had my vets go over some xrays with me. I would think if she was dysplastic, you'd be seeing some physical signs of it on the xray. Maybe fair-to-good? Did the vet go over the xrays with you? Was it the orthopod?
I've always thought her to be quite flexible, ha. I wonder if you could get a false positive result for something like that in the palpation/Ortolani test since she was sedated? Hmm probably not, but interesting to think about.two, that a dog under sedation is incredibly relaxed and often you can get some joint laxity in a dog who is simply very flexible even if there isn't HD present.
Ya, I think this is also what he was referring to.The other way hips can look good is whether there is degenerative joint disease (DJD) or arthritic changes visible in the hips (the terms are often used interchangeably). That is something that will change over time and I'm guessing that's what your vet was talking about because there is no hint of it in your dog's x-rays.
No you're right - it's completely possible for that to happen.I've always thought her to be quite flexible, ha. I wonder if you could get a false positive result for something like that in the palpation/Ortolani test since she was sedated? Hmm probably not, but interesting to think about.