Good dog, bad hips

13 options for managing canine hip dysplasia.

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The moment Jean Hessenauer of Parkton, Md., saw Pete, an 8-month-old German Shepherd Dog being offered for adoption at a local pet-supply store, she fell in love. “We already had a Shepherd mix and a Great Pyrenees,” she recalls. “But I had always wanted a Shepherd, and as soon as I saw him I knew I had to have him.”

Pete settled in nicely with the other family dogs and, typical of a young GSD, was affectionate, energetic, and very active. As he matured into young adulthood, he calmed down and Hessenauer planned to compete with him in obedience trials.

But when he was around 4 years old, Pete started having problems: “When he was playing and running, he would suddenly yelp and turn and bite at his back leg,” Hessenauer says. “Then he would hold his leg up for several minutes.” A veterinary examination found that Pete had chronic hip dysplasia.

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