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    Quote Originally Posted by mouseandchicken View Post
    Just a note on X-raying by general vets. Most vets will look for perfect X-rays, do not be dismayed if your dogs do not come in as perfect.

    Generally speaking we do not x-ray our dogs until they are over 12 months or they will not be accurate.

    Your dog also has a lot of growing to do and will go thru lots of awkward stages.

    I took my Gordon to the vet because she was limping the vets took X-rays including the hips. The vets said her hips weren't good. They prescribed pain killers and anti-inflam tabs etc. She still limped.

    I spoke to her breeder and she asked could I take Gem to her vet. This vet is a breeder of GSD's she looked at the x-rays and said she was loose, but she's too young to tell, however when she looked further down the x-ray she could just see the beginning of swelling, she took further x-rays and you could see this massive swelling of the bone. She had an infection in the bone (common to Dobes).

    I only say this because the average vet can really put the wind up you, so to speak.

    My setter was also growing too fast. I was told by this vet to go and buy the cheapest bag of crap and feed her that. She was re-x-rayed at 15mths old and her score was 9. This is a good score.

    The first vet would of given her a score of approx 15. And they did not use the latest methods of x-raying hips. I no longer use that vet.
    This reminded me. My vet also said do not feed 'puppy food' use the adult version to keep growth nice and slow and only feed about 3 quarters of what is recommended. I must admit I have been, probably, way to paranoid about overfeeding Jenna. She has been averaging a weight gain of about 500g a week but this has slowed recently, I think she is approaching her adult weight now. Given your RR is 7 months you may already have changed from Puppy to adult (if you are using commercial food at all) but if not, I would certainly consider doing now.

    Fingers crossed for the x ray
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    mouseandchicken: As you mentioned, it may just be that he is going through an awkward stage, being so big he might just be a bit clumsy. The vet where Im taking him for his x-ray/desexing (The lort smith hospital) said that her dog used to bunny-hop (classic sign of hip dysplacia?) but it was just a phase.

    And thanks for the info about the accuracy of the x-ray, I wont take it as gospel, but I suppose if something does show to be a little out of the ordinary I can be a little more cautious (hard to believe thats possible ), thanks again

    TKay - I'm feeding him Advance puppy plus for large breeds. Its what the breeder was feeding them and it also seems to be keeping him in great shape and his coat is so nice and shiney! Lately he has been going off his dry food though, so it may be time to change, may look into changing to adult. Thanks

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    Another classic sign is swinging of the hips. You can pick it up when they are walking out in front of you.

    He could also just be a little straight in the stifle which is fine as he was bought as a family pet.

    But again nothing is really accurate until they are full grown.

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    With Giant or large breeds, it's best to break their exercise up into two shorter walks a day rather than one longer one. As has been said, avoid jumping, stairs, roughhousing etc. A lot of the damage can be done during exercise that requires quick sideways changes of direction so unfortunately playing with other dogs should be restricted until he's fully grown. I have known giant dog breeders who recommend not letting a pup off lead play with other dogs until it is 12-18 months... but then you have to weigh up the amount you are stunting your pup's socialisation. Great that you are feeding a Super Premium food, Advance is a great food, and for $100 a 15 kilo bag, great value compared to a lot of the other Super Premiums!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dog's best friend View Post
    With Giant or large breeds, it's best to break their exercise up into two shorter walks a day rather than one longer one. As has been said, avoid jumping, stairs, roughhousing etc. A lot of the damage can be done during exercise that requires quick sideways changes of direction so unfortunately playing with other dogs should be restricted until he's fully grown. I have known giant dog breeders who recommend not letting a pup off lead play with other dogs until it is 12-18 months... but then you have to weigh up the amount you are stunting your pup's socialisation. Great that you are feeding a Super Premium food, Advance is a great food, and for $100 a 15 kilo bag, great value compared to a lot of the other Super Premiums!
    Good post.

    One thing I'd like to add regarding socialising with other dogs. It really is best that you have the place or opportunity to regularly allow your dog to socialise with other dogs, so to avoid the 'over-exuberance' that can cause problems or accidents with the larger breeds, try to make contact or meet with dogs that are more advanced in years. Many (but not all) older dogs slow down dramatically in play, and are nowhere near as exuberant or rough as younger dogs are.

    Just a thought.

    The puppy food thing is 100% correct. Most (if not all) commercially manufactured dry dog foods really do push growth too fast. The ratio is just not right for them IMO. I would definately take TKay's advice, and change to a dry food that isn't formulated for puppies RR.

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    Hey guys, Rocky's X-ray came back completely clear of any signs of hip dysplacia still being very cautious of course and not taking the results of the xray as final. Its just good to know that at this stage his swinging hips and tightness in the legs are because he's going through an awkward growing stage, but he's all good, and recovering from his desexing. They said he would be really drowsy for the next 24 hours, but he was ready to play when I picked him up from the vet! Its a struggle to get him to relax

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    Quote Originally Posted by RockyRidge View Post
    Hey guys, Rocky's X-ray came back completely clear of any signs of hip dysplacia still being very cautious of course and not taking the results of the xray as final. Its just good to know that at this stage his swinging hips and tightness in the legs are because he's going through an awkward growing stage, but he's all good, and recovering from his desexing. They said he would be really drowsy for the next 24 hours, but he was ready to play when I picked him up from the vet! Its a struggle to get him to relax
    Glad to hear he's ok RR! My Charlie was the same after he was desexed - he ran out of the vets to see us, we got home and he immediately wanted to play fetch

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie & Bella's mum View Post
    Glad to hear he's ok RR! My Charlie was the same after he was desexed - he ran out of the vets to see us, we got home and he immediately wanted to play fetch
    Yeah, my husband was like that too when he got done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    Yeah, my husband was like that too when he got done.
    lmao

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    Quote Originally Posted by RockyRidge View Post
    Hey guys, Rocky's X-ray came back completely clear of any signs of hip dysplacia still being very cautious of course and not taking the results of the xray as final. Its just good to know that at this stage his swinging hips and tightness in the legs are because he's going through an awkward growing stage, but he's all good, and recovering from his desexing. They said he would be really drowsy for the next 24 hours, but he was ready to play when I picked him up from the vet! Its a struggle to get him to relax
    That great news!!

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