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    Sorry to be creating so many threads, but since I got such good feedback with Momo's pregnancy, I decided I'd ask another question about my little (well not really so little anymore) Labloodhound (Labrador Retriever/Bloodhound) puppy, Bella.

    For about a month and a half or so she's been having troubles with two different legs, though not at the same time. Sometimes she limps on her front left leg, and others she limps on her back right leg, and sometimes neither at all.

    I consulted the vet and they said that it was probably either growing pains (she's five months, soon to be six in a couple weeks) or her knees were locking up, and they told me to keep an eye on it, that it wasn't necessary to bring her in for a check-up, so I didn't.

    I'm worried for her legs, though, since she's going to be such a big, heavyset dog. I don't want any of them stunted in their growth because of her not using them.

    Any ideas on other possible problems and ways it can be corrected? Has anyone had this problem before?
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    Kavik, I would seriously consider changing your vet. To not even have Bella's legs checked by a qualified vet sounds a bit lax of the one you are using to be honest.

    This could be from a multitude of things, some very minor and not needing to be too concerned about so long as a close eye is kept on Bella - but it can also be the symptoms of some very serious issues.
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    Yeah, I've wanted to change vets for some time now, but unfortunately the only other one in town has very rude staff. And the one everyone keeps recommending to me is pretty far away, but I might have to try it sometime anyway.

    Thanks for your opinion. It is very appreciated.

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    No probs.

    You could always TELL your current vet you want the dog examined. Not ask, TELL. Lol.
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    At that age, most causes of limping is resolved on its own, but if its been happening for a while, then it sounds like something more serious.
    What first springs to mind is elbow dysplasia...
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    That's very true. Though how would I tell them I want her examined? Just a full, thorough examination? I'm really not as knowledged in this as I would like to be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aussiemyf7 View Post
    At that age, most causes of limping is resolved on its own, but if its been happening for a while, then it sounds like something more serious.
    What first springs to mind is elbow dysplasia...
    Elbow dysplasia? Could you tell me more about that, please?

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    First of all, its usually first displayed in pups between 4-10 months.
    Its seen in 'large' breeds, especially Labs, and chondrodysplastic breeds, like the Bloodhound.
    It causes lameness.
    And being a crossbreed, it wouldn't have been health tested.
    Change vets, and ask for a real examinaton, surgery is expensive.
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    What causes it, exactly? Or is it just something that comes out of nowhere/hereditary?

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    Its hereditary....
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