Hey all, I'm so scared that Dexter has hip problems. He has shown no signs of lameness, but I heard his hip clicking as I was walking him the other night. I have kept an ear out and I hear it every now and again, either when walking or playing.
I am taking him to the vets but was wondering what I could do in the meantime as I know there is not much treatment out there unless it is for pain management. He has no pain as he doesnt even alude to the fact that his hip is making a noise. Although I've noticed recently when he walks his back makes an s shape, so his rear moves side to side a lot more. I dont know whether I'm just being a hypochondriac. We've kept Dex at the ultimate weight, excercised him very little at a young age and have only moved up to 30min walks now (he's never been enthusiastic after 30min)
Not quite sure of his family history. We were looking endlessly for a bull mastiff but never heard back from breeders. We finally found one but when we contacted and met the people found they werent registered breeders and found the parents and the pup living in a cage outside. The 'father' was supposedly a stud and the 'mother' fell pregnant accidently. We felt for the little guy so much and took him straight away. I couldnt bare to leave him. He was 4 months old and he grew so quickly. Could you imagine 3 large breeds in a little cage!
Anyway he really did grow quickly, we maintained his food and his excercise but I'm worried that regardless he might have some issues now! Help. Can I give him anything that will slow it down if, after we see the vet and possibly get x-rays, he does have Hip Dysplasia.