It's definitely not a death sentence!! And it's good that's it's not too bad. There's so many things you can do. One thing we didn't consider with Jessie when she was initially diagnosed at 9 months was the possibility of hip replacement. It's way expensive but when we actually considered doing it, her HD had progressed to the point where that wasn't an option for us. However, I believe her HD was further along than your pup. One thing that really helped her was swimming. It really loosened her up & she had great mobility if she swam on a regular basis. She lived for over 6 years with HD. The injury that actually brought us to the difficult decision was that she actually tore her ACL & surgery was not an option for her. We managed her HD over the years with supplements & special food. Glucosamine really helped her. When she started getting arthritis we would give her an anti-inflammatory when she was really having trouble. Around her 5th birthday she had a procedure done called a hip denervation. This is where the orthopedic surgeon took a special instrument & scraped the nerves away around her hips. I think that the procedure helped her not feel the pain & one of her hips had to be done twice. Jessie lived a full life & she never allowed her diagnosis to slow her down. Embrace that you caught it early. If you ever need someone to talk to I'm here, or really anyone on the board is here. Give that boy some big ol' hugs & kisses. It's not the end of the road for him & he still has a long way to go.