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post #1 of 71 (permalink) Old 11-15-2007, 08:59 PM Thread Starter
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Hip X-Ray

Tomorrow Mari, now 2, is getting her hips X-Rayed for OFA certification. The vets office uses anesthesia, is this common practice. I have talked to 3 vets here in Miami and they all do it, yet vets in Gainesville area do not. I was told they use some kind of gas. I'm a little worried any time anesthesia is used because of side effects. Please share your experiences.
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I make a 5-hour round trip drive to get hips done by a veterinarian that will do the hip x-rays without any sedation at all. He even lets me go into the x-ray area to help hold the dog's head while they straighten the legs. It is all over in less than a minute, so I'm even more glad we don't use any sedation.

If you want to find someone who doesn't use anesthesia or any sedation, you may want to contact your local Golden Retriever club or a breed club that has dysplasia in it. They seem to know all the good vets.

And good luck to you and Mari!
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After I read your post I called an Orthopedic Surgeon here in Miami who will check Mari's hips without sedation. Yea he's only 8 miles from my home. The best thing was they had a cancellation for this morning at 10, wow it's amazing how things are falling into place. Thanks Kimberly for the advice, I'm so happy. This is super!
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Paula,

I am so glad you were able to find a vet that doesn't use anaesthesia for hip X-rays! When I had Carlito's hips Xrayed for his second birthday, I ended up driving a couple of hours away to find a vet who didn't use anaesthesia (recommended to me by the Delaware Valley Havanese Club via Kimberly), but it was so worth it! They did end up having to take 2 more Xrays than expected because Carlito moved at the last second , but I would much rather do that than have to put the poor little guy under.

Good luck at your appointment

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Yikes, that sounds really drastic to put a dog under just for xrays - the complications could be serious!! I am so glad you found someone who would do it without - I would much rather pay for a few xrays than sedation & then worry about the outcome!

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do you have your dogs teeth cleaned by the vet? my vet is recommending a cleaning, but would need to sedate ella. i am very hesitant about doing this. any thoughts?
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After I read your post I called an Orthopedic Surgeon here in Miami who will check Mari's hips without sedation. Yea he's only 8 miles from my home. The best thing was they had a cancellation for this morning at 10, wow it's amazing how things are falling into place. Thanks Kimberly for the advice, I'm so happy. This is super!
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Holy tostadas, Paula. What a great way to have all the dominos fall into place. I'm very happy for you.

I really hate the long drive for just a couple of minutes for x-rays, but it seems so much nicer to me than having to have anesthesia or other sedation done.

Kristin, we have had to have a couple repeated as well, but that's the price we pay with a wiggly Hav who thinks that they should be sniffing pockets of everyone. LOL! I'm just so glad he reviews them and does them over on the spot.


Ellasmom, I really want to avoid any unnecessary anesthesia, so that is why dental care is important to me. The dogs don't really care for getting their teeth brushed daily, but it is so much better for them in the long run. If you call around, you can find an ultrasonic cleaner. Sometimes grooming shops will know if veterinarian clinics don't. Many of them will not use sedation.
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Good luck to you Paula......

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Holy tostadas, Paula
Kimberly still has Mexican food on the brain apparently......

Paula, good luck with the X-rays and great work at finding a vet so close that won't use sedation.

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Kimberly still has Mexican food on the brain apparently...
Ya think? I could not decide what to order when we went out last night.

Paula is probably on her way back home soon. I'm eager to hear how it went. Did they let you go hold Mari or did you have to wait?
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