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    Default Possible hip dysplasia??

    My 5 month old German Shepherd started limping during an afternoon walk (10 minutes in to a 20 minute walk around the block) I carried him home and he has been reluctant to get up and walk since. When he has gotten up he is still limping and his style of walk looks completely un-natural.
    He is of "ideal" weight for his age and has never been over exercised.
    I will be taking him to the vet first thing in the morning but just wondering if anyone can offer opinions regarding the likelihood of hip dysplasia or am I over reacting? He had a slip in the house yesterday and can't help but wonder if he hurt himself because he starfished on the kitchen floor.

    I purchased him from a reputable breeder and both parents are of top breed quality.
    Any feedback would be much appreciated.


    Thanks.

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    Default Possible hip dysplasia??

    My 5 month old German Shepherd started limping during an afternoon walk (10 minutes in to a 20 minute walk around the block) I carried him home and he has been reluctant to get up and walk since. When he has gotten up he is still limping (back legs) and his style of walk looks completely un-natural.
    He is of "ideal" weight for his age and has never been over exercised.
    I will be taking him to the vet first thing in the morning but just wondering if anyone can offer opinions regarding the likelihood of hip dysplasia or am I over reacting? He had a slip in the house yesterday and can't help but wonder if he hurt himself because he starfished on the kitchen floor.

    I purchased him from a reputable breeder and both parents are of top breed quality.
    Any feedback would be much appreciated.


    Thanks.

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    Have you checked his feet for thorns or cuts.

    My dog has had bouts of limping twice this year - neither were hip dysplasia...

    first one - she did a tendon or muscle doing pepe le pew immitations in the back yard which was full of trip hazards.

    second one - she cut her foot pad - which left a bit of a flap for a few days and if she tweaked that the wrong way she'd practically face plant when she put her foot down.

    Both are better now.

    Both required a lot of on lead time including the back yard to make sure she didn't go zooming around.

    You might want to modify your kitchen (and other floors) to stop your dog star fishing. I've got lots of bath mats and floor mats around for my dog to "get a grip".
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    If your dog has had an accident in all probability he's caused a soft tissue injury at a minimum. HD doesn't suddenly onset like that you would have noticed something before
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    Pano but I think that is front only, paralysis tick, compressed vertabrae, or just took a awkward turn. Only x ray will determine HD. Best of luck.

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    'Jadd' - Heaps of Good Luck Wishes for the vet visit today for your pup !

    Doing a 'starfish' is going to hurt the pup. So hopefully as 'Nekhbet' said - it is only a soft tissue injury that will require complete rest.

    Do you have a crate ? I find them a godsend for keeping pups inactive.

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    If you have slippery floors...this might be your problem...don't let your dog walk on slippery floors for the first 12 months of his life to protect hips and joints...large carpet off cuts are very good and cheap compared to surgery and don't over exercise him either...good luck.
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    Thanks for all the feedback! My little man has got 2 fractures in his pelvis the vet seems to think it could be caused due to a number of issues so he'll be having some more tests done to hopefully figure out why his back legs aren't functioning properly and if that's what's caused the fractures, so fingers crossed he can be treated and up and moving around again in the not too distant future!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nekhbet View Post
    If your dog has had an accident in all probability he's caused a soft tissue injury at a minimum. HD doesn't suddenly onset like that you would have noticed something before
    When one of my very fit working dogs was about 12 months old and we were visiting friends on a farm with quite wet paddocks. The dogs played but after quite a lot of running I noticed one of my dogs was looking sore in the backend and then was reluctant to move for several days. I thought it might have been a soft tissue injury or muscle soreness from the running on wet paddocks but neither of my other similar age working dogs were affected and they are very full on. I took him in to a friend who is a specialist and he was diagnosed with mild HD. He is 5 now and very fit and lean and is my best mustering dog although I use my kelpie for yard work which involves lots of jumping in and out of pens. I think sometimes it takes a bit of extra stress to cause the symptoms to surface where things are not quite as good as they could be.

    I hope you find out what caused the fractures and there is a good prognosis for him.

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