I have never had a case of dysplasia that I have reduced the hip back into position (by reduced, I mean put back in
). The reason being is that it is not going to stay that way.
If the joint is that shallow that it can easily slip in and out of position, short of placing the leg in a complicated and probably futile sling, it isn't likely to stay. When I reduce hips that have been displaced due to trauma, a very high percentage of them pop back out also (and some of those dogs have really nice, good hip joints
). So, to answer your question, I think putting it back "in", so to speak, isn't likely to have a favorable outcome in the sense that it more than likely will not stay there for any measurable length of time.
Having said that, depending on where the ball of the femur is "resting" outside the joint, it may or may not be an issue. Sometimes, it rests against another bone, as BullyLady suggested, and that can be quite painful. Sometimes, however, it may rest against muscles. I think regardless of the position, having the joint displaced it going to cause some discomfort and possibly cause more damage to the joint capsule and surrounding tissues. If this is happening more than it isn't, then the surgery may have to be bumped up in the time table, unfortunately.
I know that hooker walk all to well (I love that, by the way
). I always tell my clients that the time to intervene with surgery is when the pain/discomfort cannot be medically managed. That is going to be different for each dog (I have had patients that literally have NO joint and walk around pain free, and others that show mild changes on xray and are excruciatingly painful).
I'm not sure if I answered your questions well enough?
Please tell me if I need to clarify. I am a bit tired
(was out until 12 am looking for a lost dog before our storm hit...no luck
), so I may be rambling myself!
Big hugs to you and to Doogie
and please let me know if I really missed the mark with your questions.