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    Hi all, this is my first post.
    I purchased a dobermann puppy and he came home last weekend at 8 weeks of age. He loves to run around the yard and get into any mischief possible.
    After playing in the yard for a while today I noticed he was a little lame in his left from leg. I checked all over the leg and it didn't bother him at all. He kept running around and the lameness soon spread to his right leg. Once again I checked both legs over and no signs of any pain.
    I immediately stopped him from running and put him back in his pen, I tried to ice his legs but there was no chance of that.
    After he has woken up from his nap his right leg appears to be fine and only a slightly noticable limp in the left.
    I'm assuming its just the growing pains of a large breed dog, or could it be something more? Should I get him to a vet, or leave it a few days to see how he is?
    Any advice would be welcomed.

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    Probably too much exercise. Pups exercise should be limited

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    Give him a rest for a while, but could be panosteitis (large breeds ofen get it). Be carefull with him for a year till his body develops, and watch his weight (better skinny than too heavy, it's very bad for bones and joints)
    Last edited by Fedra; 06-13-2009 at 05:57 PM.

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    I would contact the breeder.

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    Sounds like he's overdone it to me. As Occy said, you need to limit the amount of excercise young pups get. They can easily push themselves too far without realising it. If rest seemed to fix the problem, I'd suggest thats it. Don't let him go too nuts for too long. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by puggerup View Post
    I would contact the breeder.
    If I were the breeder of the pup I would certainly appreciate a call. Good breeders are always ready to offer help and advice.

    As others have said it is probably caused by over exercise. It is very important not to over exercise a growing dog, particularly a large breed. Damage caused by over exercise in youngsters can seldom be put right later.

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    One possibility might be his knees. If he is young and has been jumping around on his back legs then he might be unfortunate enough to have his knee caps temporarily pop out. When it pops back in it's like he was never limp!

    I'm not sure how to describe how to check his knee cap isn't out, but I'm sure someone here can help you ... or even the Google oracle ...

    How to Identify Slipping Knee Caps in Small Dogs | eHow.com

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    Ahh a byb educating a new owner on how to be a vet by pointing them to a website. Anyone else shaking their head?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Occy View Post
    Ahh a byb educating a new owner on how to be a vet by pointing them to a website. Anyone else shaking their head?
    A "BYB" really? I'm really sorry but I was under the impression that this was a forum and anyone was allowed to offer their opinion? Are you implying that my suggestion is not worth considering and yours is so much better?

    At no point did educate them on being "a vet". I made it quite clear that other members on this forum could explain the procedure better ... And I even posted a reference link which could provide a point for additional research.

    I'm shaking my head at you ...

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