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Dear Friends,

I am writing to you from Turkey. We have a male 7 months old - Doberman puppy. Zeus is so friendly and an active dog. We have a walk everyday (nearly 6 km) and he is playing with his friends regularly.

During the infancy, his diet is based on dry food, Proplan (lamb & rice) and other support products which our vet gave for protecting him against to potential joint and hair problems.

When he was 2 months old, after a hard play with a dog, we realized that he had trouble getting up after lying down.

After radiological investigation, there was no problem visible on X-ray.

However yesterday we went to another vet and repeated X-ray. Unfortunately, some problems appeared on the X-ray Vet told us - back and front leg joints have Dysplasia - He also told that this problem may increase and Zeus may not withstand pain after a while. In Turkey, there is only palliative solutions for dogs' dysplasia. We are ready to do everything for our dog. So we decide to write all abroad forums about dog care. Maybe somebody tells us for permanent treatment ways or more efficient treatment ways which are not in Turkey. Also another issue is vet said that this is Dyplasia but we found an article about the difference between arthritis and dyplasia. We are not sure about exactly what it is.

If your dog has similar problems or you know this disease or you can ask for your vet, could you please help us? I also add the images of X-ray results.

Thanks a lot,

Yours sincerely

Zeus & Murat
 

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It's hard to see the important parts of the hip x-ray because of the tags. Any way you could get a copy of it without those? The positioning looks awkward as well so I'm not sure if those are very useful.

What product did your vet have you on for preventing joint problems? Many people who have dogs with early signs of dysplasia find some success with fish oil, glucosamine, and chondroitin. Keeping him slim and well-muscled (without overdoing the exercise) is also very important.
 

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There are various joint pain relief medications available in market to treat pain due to these joint problems. But there are no medicines that can be used to cure these disease completely. The only way to cure these problems was surgery but now days there are few other therapies like stem cell therapy and laser therapy.You can research on these therapies and can try one of them that you find more effective and suitable for your pet.
 
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