I have a 6 month old male mastiff. He weighs 90 lbs. A week and a half ago, he sprained his ankle. - We went to the vet had x-rays, and I was told it was a sprain. His ankle was swollen, sensitive to touch, and he didn't want to move. The vet said when he took him in the back to get the x-ray he walked better. My dog appeared to be wanting sympathy from mom. He is the baby you know. Well, we went home and he seemed ok for a few days - still limping and sore, but ok. Then he stopped eating and didn't want to move at all. He was shivering, but no fever. He would not drink either. We took him back to the vet. Now, they said that the sprain has somehow made his hips sore. They took an x-ray and determined he has hip dysplasia. This is my question - My boy was not under anestetia (sp?) when the x-ray was taken and from what I have read, it is not valid because he would not have been relaxed enough to get an accurate picture. I am just trying to learn as much about this as I can. Would you consider those x-rays accurate?
He also had blood drawn and was tested for everything, it all came back negative.
If you have any ideas or can answer my question regarding the x-rays I appreciate your time. Thanks, Terese
My dog had his OFA hip X-rays without being sedated. So it is possiable. It really depends on the dog and the people handling the dog for the X-rays. Some assistants are very good at getting a dog perfectly relaxed to get good radiographs. If you don't feel good about the X-rays you got, then get a referral from your breeder for another vet.
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OFA X-rays are to detect the quality of the hips. Not to soley determine if there is dysplasia. Since there can be minor difference in what seperates are dog from "excellent" and "good". But dysplasia can be evident on even x-rays that are very poor.
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As was mentioned, dogs can be x-rayed without being sedated, but it also takes a knowledgable staff to be able to position the hips and hold them correctly for an accurate x-ray. If the x-rays were taken with the hips correctly positioned, it would still take a very experienced vet to make a dysplasia diagnosis... unless the hips were very terrible.
Also, unless x-rays are sent to OFA, they can't be properly graded... x-rays are graded by comparing to other x-rays of that particular breed.... so what may be "bad hips" in one breed, could be passing for a breed such as a mastiff, etc.
I would get a second opinion... maybe even look into having Penn-hip evaluation rather than OFA.....
I agree with previous posters - also wanted to add... OFA won't even PRELIM hips until the dogs is 12 months old.
My personal opinion would be that you need to find an Orthopedic Specialist if you're concerned. I'd be awfully surprised that they got a 6 month old puppy to sit still long enough to get good hip X-rays... I'm sure it CAN be done. But most regular vets aren't skilled enough to do that - at least that I've encountered...
Sorry, that is incorrect. I believe that prelims can be read by OFA at 6 months of age. You can go to their site and check: www.offa.org
OFA's can be done w/o anesthesia and actually would likely create a tighter hip, however, it also can create a bad view, so you have to have a cooperative dog and a vet who knows how to position them to get a good eval.
I'd be looking at this dog for an infection in the joints, vaccine reaction, or tick borne illness instead of a sprain. He could also be dysplastic. Did you make sure his sire/dam had OFA clearances? That puts the odds in your favor for not having HD. Contact his breeder, let them know what is going on. Push your vet to investigate further and/or get a second opinion. What has his vaccination schedule been? Did you give rabies in conjunction w/ a Distemper/Parvo vaccination?
Just some random thoughts....
I posted much of this earlier, but it hasnt shown up? If it does, sorry for the double post.