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Old 01-10-2009, 10:41 AM   #14
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Mav, please give my condolences as well. I had a Pit that was diagnosed with hip dysplasia when he was just over a year old and it was already quite advanced...we had no idea about the symptoms or anything. We could not afford the surgery to replace both hips and put him on a supplement. The vet had only given him that summer before the pain would be too severe, but we monitored his weight, his activities, and kept him on the supplement until he was 5. At that time, the pain was definitely causing behavioral problems and while he was still having more good days than bad, we put him to sleep.

It is extremely hard to lose a dog that young when you expect them to be around for so much longer!

So, please, tell them that they are not alone and that they are doing the right thing.
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