posted by good hope
What were the two surgeries that you and the vet discussed? Was one the triple pelvic osteotomy? That is the only surgery that I know of that cannot wait past 12 months; others you could do later. On the other hand, this surgery isn't something you would want to do unless there is moderate to severe hip dysplasia. If it is just mild, you cannot be 100% certain that the dog isn't in an awkward stage of growth. I would definitely get a second opinion.
Also, there are at least three different surgeries that can be done for hip dysplasia: the triple pelvic osteotomy, total replacement of the joint (don't know the technical term), and femoral head excision arthroplasty. There may be others that I don't know about. Maybe your vet didn't mention one of them because your dog, for whatever reason, is not a good candidate, but it still might be good for you to learn about the different surgeries. We have a four-year-old American Eskimo rescue with moderate to severe hip dysplasia. Since she doesn't have any problems other than occasional soreness from cold weather or rough play with the big paws, we aren't doing anything special for her. We did decide to do the femoral head excision arthroplasty if she ever gets to the point that symptoms indicate that surgery is needed.
There is a wonderful Yahoo group called Orthodogs that deals with all kinds of orthopedic problems, including hip dysplasia. Many people are on the board to help and have come up with some really creative solutions in regard to different conservative management techniques and physical therapy. They may also be able to recommend a veterinarian in your area who specializes in orthopedics, if you are interested. The people in that group can definitely steer you in the right direction in regards to anti-inflammatories, supplements, and nutrition.
Have you considered feeding raw? There are several members of this board that feed raw (besides ourselves), and some on Orthodogs do too. I know that there have been threads here about it.