German Shepherd Dog > Recommwnded vet over northern california for hip/elbow xray without put dog through anesthesia (13 replies)
Recommwnded vet over northern california for hip/elbow xray without put dog through anesthesia
by greg1886t on 26 April 2012 - 18:36
I need to find vets over northern California (prefer 2 to 3 hours drive range from Stockton) can do hip and elbow xray without put dog
If anyone has any info. regards on this, please help.
Thanks a lot.
by swingfield on 26 April 2012 - 18:52
|Just curious.. why wouldnt you want the anesthesia? as a tech.. it is easier on the dog.. and you can get a true reading with the hips being correctly manipulated into place with the dog trying to pull the legs back! It can be traumatic to the dog! To get a proper xray we reccomend the dog be under.. it can be reversed immediately ! but to fight an #80 dog that doesnt like his/her legs being pulled all the way back and then twisted, its not easy.. on the vet and especially on the dog! Please reconsider.. Your dog will appreciate it in the long run! :) jusat saying...|
by ShelleyR on 26 April 2012 - 19:15
I agree with the above. The only vet I know of who will sometimes not use anesthesia is Dr. Hoskins at Redwood Veterinary, Santa Rosa, CA. He is fast, he doesn't sedate, and his xrays never get returned. He's still the best and most experienced in Northern CA. It'll cost you about $300. per dog. I used to take in 2-4 at a time, block out a whole afternoon on his calendar.
by Blitzen on 26 April 2012 - 19:20
|Ditto to Swingfield. You don't have to knock the dog out, but it should be sedated to the point that it is relaxed in order to demonstrate any hip luxation. All wide-awake dogs will fight the manipulation so you many not get a true picture on a close call.|
by sentinelharts on 26 April 2012 - 19:28
|I prefer to do mine without anesthesia also..... Dr Popkins travels to shows and does it, his schedule is on his website, he will be in Vallejo next month. http://www.showdogmed.com/|
Also, Dr Hackler at Grove Way Vet Hospital in Castro Valley will do it without knocking your dog out as long as your dog cooperates. He has done a couple of mine- with good results and reasonable pricing.
by Blitzen on 26 April 2012 - 19:39
Some dogs that are done without sedation won't get an OFA number if they are done when sedated. Either you want a true picture of the dogs' hips or you want a number, it's optional. I would always do over any dog that got a fair or a fast normal without being sedated. The others are probably OK but they may get a lesser rating if sedated.
by CarsinGSD on 27 April 2012 - 00:53
|Bradshaw Vet Clinic in Elk Grove. Make the appt with Dr. Mike Johnson. He is excellent.|
by Jyl on 27 April 2012 - 01:20
|I go to Redwood Vet clinic in Santa Rosa CA... I have used his clinic since 1996. I have never sedated a dog and so far have had all the dogs I have taken there pass with at least a GOOD. He does great work and will have you come back there with the dog when he is doing to xrays.|
by SKI on 27 April 2012 - 02:23
|Dr. Gary Brown, ortho vet, in Fremont, CA. South, right off of 680.|
Excellent vet. Did my dog's xrays.
by greg1886t on 27 April 2012 - 06:54
|You guys make me rediscover the warmth of this world!!!|
Many Many thanks to everyone of you, I really really appreciate.
I have showline gsd, I heard that there can be alot of risk when put dog
under anesthesia, maybe I am kind of paronoid but I can not take it if my dog never wakes up again.
Also some people told me that their dogs' xray results were actually worse when their dogs had been put through anesthesia,
they do not know the exact reason though.
I am going to do "SV a stamp", my dog is almost one year old now,
when will be the best age to take her in for xray ??
We'd like to xray her prior to protection training just to be safe.
by Blitzen on 27 April 2012 - 12:04
|Greg, I suggested that you have your dog "sedated"; that does not mean the dog is placed under deep anesthesia.|
Of course some xrays taken when a dog is sedated are worse than if the dogs were awake. Which xrays were used for certification? I'll guess it wasn't the ones taken under sedation. The reason is the dog was relaxed when sedated. When not relaxed they fight the manipulation by tightening their hips. That is my entire point. If you don't sedate you are going to miss most mild and some moderate luxation in dogs that are not yet showing remodeling. Also the SV doesn't require sedation and accepts xrays on dogs as young as 12 months which means they could be certifying dogs that would not pass if they were sedated and/or were 24 months or older.
Bottom line - either you want to know the true picture of your dogs' hips or you only care about a number. To each his own and other than recommending using sedation for a hip xray I would strongly suggest that any dog certified without sedation that seems to be producing more than the expected percenge of HD in their progeny, should be xrayed again; this time using sedation.
by Jyl on 27 April 2012 - 19:59
|I noticed you mentioned your dog is about a year old and is female. The one thing I would make sure is that she is not in season or is going to come in season soon or has just gone out.|
by greg1886t on 29 April 2012 - 00:57
thank you for explaining the difference, I learned a lot!!
I actually limit her activity a lot just try to protect her hip as much as possible.
Hopefully she has excellent hips.
thats such a good point, she just had her very first period.
I was shocked to see blood on her stool and latter found out it's from her period.
by ShelleyR on 01 May 2012 - 17:27
|What Jyl said.|