I was concerned earlier this fall when my dog went lame, thinking it was arthritis, and I believe it is a form caused by diplasia. There are treatments, including surgury (hip replacement) I'm sure the cost is astronomical (for me anyway) but in most cases, it is 'the cure'. My only other option is to put her down. My question is any of you out there with dogs afflicted with this disease, what have you done for them. I really would like to get her well, but will have to save the money for a while till I get enough together. She is a very large dog, her mother was wolf and father was a pyrneese. She has a very thick coat. I would keep her in the house, but she hates it. She wants to come for walks with me and the other dogs, but has pain and heads back to the house. Then the lonesome, heartbreaking howling begins and does not stop until she sees us returning. How can I help her in the meantime. I really don't want her to suffer. I like the big breeds, and even if they have diplasia, if known young, can be treated. If only I knew then what I know now she would be fine. Have to edit this because I just found out they don't do that type of surgury here and it will be out of the question to send her away, I just can't afford a $5,000 vet bill. She's going to get checked by the vet and see if drug treatment will help her. Oh I feel just sick about this.