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Old 02-18-2019, 09:12 PM
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What am I gonna Do?

Just an hour ago, I found out my 9-month-old Shiba Inu has severe hip dysplasia and a dislocated bone with the vet recommending to get surgery (FHO) as soon as possible.

My parents refuse to pay for the surgery and I am a dependent with no income, they believe just massaging it every day and using medicine will cure her. I am genuinely frustrated at their approach to treating hip dysplasia, but at this point, I don't know what to do and need as much advice as I can get. HER BONE IS DISLOCATED for christ sake. ):
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Old 02-18-2019, 11:13 PM
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Have the vet talk to your parents and explain that surgery is the only thing that will work if that's true.

Also ask your vet if there are alternative treatments that are less expensive. Also look and do research to see if there are low cost vet clinics and hospitals that can do the surgery at a reduced cost.

Also depending on your age, start finding ways to earn money to pay for treatment. Mowing lawns, babysitting, dog walking, working part time.

I've had a bad knee for well over twenty years that has dislocated well over ten times. I never had any surgeries until about seven years ago, there simply wasn't the technology to help it before.

Each time I dislocated it, I had weeks to months of physical therapy, massage, exercise and pain. It healed every time.
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Contact the breeder as well, most reputable breeders will have a one year guarantee and hopefully they can help you out.
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Did they say that the bone was actually dislocated, or did they say that the ball joint did not sit very well in the socket?

If it was dislocated, they likely put it back in to place, right?

Was the massage + medicine part of a less expensive treatment option the vet offered?
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Did they say that the bone was actually dislocated, or did they say that the ball joint did not sit very well in the socket?

If it was dislocated, they likely put it back in to place, right?

Was the massage + medicine part of a less expensive treatment option the vet offered?
They just said she has severe hip dysplasia and they showed us the x-ray and one of her back leg is like a 45-degree angle and the other bone is normal. The tilt of the bone is prevalent so I would assume it is dislocated. They also said her ligament was torn and we have to go to a specialist for that as well.
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Did they say that the bone was actually dislocated, or did they say that the ball joint did not sit very well in the socket?

If it was dislocated, they likely put it back in to place, right?

Was the massage + medicine part of a less expensive treatment option the vet offered?
And in terms of the treatment part, no that was not one of the options the vet gave us that's just my parents' interpretation of curing hip dysplasia. They believe that given our capitalist market the vet is just trying to make us pay for the most expensive and unnecessary treatment.
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Contact the breeder as well, most reputable breeders will have a one year guarantee and hopefully they can help you out.
Unfortunately, the breeder has no guarantee and refuses to give back a portion of the amount we paid for her ):
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If they did not outright say that the bone was dislocated, then it is probably not. Often, they will rotate the dog's pevis/legs when taking an X-ray to see what the hip joint looks like. Hip dysplasia is characterized by laxity of the joint (it does not sit tightly in the socket) and the shape of the femoral head itself (i.e., the ball part of the ball-and-socket joint is misshapen). Likely, you were seeing a mixture of laxity and a rotation of the legs/pelvis so they could get a better view. I have trouble believing a vet would not set a dislocated hip then and there.

The best advice I can give is to find some information on hip dysplasia and give it to your parents.
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