Our Little Brown Log, as N calls her. Little Miss. Clemmey Sue. Curley Buns, Stinkey Sue, Clemsen Doodle Butt etc.... Well when we got her fixed, they did an x-ray because reteivers have a lot of hip issues, and our "Uncle Bucky" just had to put his Chocolatte Lab down for hip issues. So they found some serious issues. She started limping pretty bad. Stiffening up after long walks... She will retrieve for about 1/2 hour then stop... she is just 8 months. Swim for 1/2 to 45 minutes. For a Chessie that is SHORT... After lying down, she stutter steps and walks on her toes, especially in her right leg. She fell down the stairs the other night... 2 stairs, I was behind her and caught her. So we brought her back got more x-rays, to rule out back, knee issues, by the way our VET we really trust and like. They found both hips are displaced, gone, not seated. SO they sent the pictures to a specialist in SunValley. He went to a top school, He said full hip replacement on both. The vet says this IS common in Chessies and retrievers. But a lot of owners do not see it until they are older. Or never get the x-rays with a spay or nueter, it is kind of costly. So do we just let her gimp along and feed her good food, with hip builder in it, Chondroitin, glucosomine. Give her Steroids anti-inflammatories. Her life will be shortened. Swimming will not help due to the way the legs are used in the swim. The move will help, mammals are mammals, the dry heat helps all with arthritis!!! husband and Clemey. I can not imagine how much this will cost? The vet said it is expensive, we will not know until we talk to SUn Valley Vet. husband think just let her live out her life... The surgery where they shave the acetabulum is not really good for her, she is not a good candidate due to her severity. I kind of agree with husband, but part of me guilty, like we should do anything... but then... I hate this. Poor thing.