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I have two miniature American Eskimos who are both sisters and are 7 years old. Ever since they were puppies, one has always been bigger than the other, but they are both healthy and get good exercise. Since about 5 years old, the bigger one started having hip issues and trouble doing certain things. Having owned this breed before, we were aware that this is a common problem among many eskies and the vet confirmed that she was fine. She has seen the vet many times since and it didn't seem too much of an issue to them and we never considered surgery or anything. Her hips have since gotten worse and we've come to the conclusion that she may be suffering as a result of hip dysplasia. She is very delicate and doesn't like to be away from her sister, so we would not want to put her through a surgery like this. She is also very active and the recovery would probably be very hard as it can last up to 10 weeks long. Other than surgery, are they any other safe and effective options? Anything would help and we just want to get her back to feeling herself again. Thank you and stay safe!!!

We will be consulting the vet about this as well, but I am asking for any advice from other people who have knowledge about this or have gone through this.
 

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As far as I'm aware, once the joint has deteriorated it can only be fixed surgically. Things like keeping her weight low and painkillers will help with the pain.

But at her age, she could have a lot of years of pain ahead - would it not be worth considering the long term benefit for the short term difficulties?
 

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You need to have your Vet do a workup on her, including Xray's, which will show the degree of deterioration, and will provide good information as to what would be the most effective treatment plan for her. We on this forum are not Vets and can only offer best guesses, not real information, which is what you need to formulate an appropriate treatment plan.
 

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Thank you! I just wanted to see if anybody had any useful information or has gone through this before. I understand that you aren't Vets but I will definitely take her as soon as possible. Stay safe! :)
 

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Thank you! I will definitely consider surgery and will be taking her to the vet as soon as I can. I appreciate you replying, as I wanted to see if there were other options if anyone had gone through this before. Stay safe :)
 
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