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Old 06-19-2014, 01:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
Chronicles of Riddick
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Hi all,

This is my first post here after a lot of reading over the past few months, so thanks in advance for your patience. I am concerned with my 8 month old pup, Riddick. First let me say we are going to the vet tomorrow but wanted to get thoughts and opinions here as well. I am worried about his rear, specifically possible HD. I know there are a lot of posts on here with concerned parents asking similar questions and I have read quite a few, but wanted to give specific examples. Heís a big boy, 8 months and now approaching 90 lbs. like his Dad. He grew fast although he is on high end, all natural diet that is supposed to make him grow slower/longer, vs. the processed foods. In the last few days heís just acted like an older dog in the sense of not playing as hard as usual, a lot of resting and moving around like he is uncomfortable. Heís not eating a lot either, but otherwise seems to feel ok. He still grabs his ball and heads to the door but doesnít run as hard/fast to fetch it, and then promptly sits or lays down after only a few tosses. He shows none of the prominent signs of HD, no bunny hop, walks/trots normally in stride. He does however single track with his back legs, and sometimes even just standing looks a little wobbly because he rarely stands with a wide stance with his rear legs. He does have a ďlooseĒ look to his walk (rear hip sway). I allow him on the furniture and when he goes to get up on anything (like the ataman or couch) just walking he just hops up with the front then pauses before lifting one of his rear legs to push up and get his rear-end up. Sometimes itís more of lifting with his front legs. Same with our high bed except being higher he hops up (laying on his chest/stomach) and I help him up. When playful and running, like chasing my daughter with one of his toys he can simply jump up and clear even the high bed. He does seem to hesitate at stairs, although he does climb them normally, one leg at a time. And now that I think back, even before training he never jumped up on anyone, even me coming home. Just circles me excited. We do play catch and Frisbee as well and he will jump to an extent to catch it, but not what you would expect from a large and powerful dog. More like mini hops at times if itís over his head. I have felt around his hips/joints with no reaction except once a few days ago I lifted one of his legs slightly while he was laying on his side, and he whimpered a bit. Which I thought odd since he likes to sleep on his back and will let both legs fall out to the sides. Quite a while ago (a few months) he did slip while turning a corner and do a compete split and cried, but got right up and kept playing. He also seems to drag his rear a little when getting up, if heís sitting on his side (but he does push up with his legs as opposed to pulling/hopping up with his front) which I had always attributed to hardwood floors which he does slide on, but as I started watching more closely itís in carpeted rooms as well, pretty much anywhere. From my understanding itís odd for a pup to show signs of HD this early. His breeder says HD is not in his line, which is a German working line that I have verified. I have also looked into Pano, but it seems to move to different areas. Iím hoping itís just from quick growth with rear muscle mass needed to catch up with his size, or perhaps a temporary injury that Iím not aware of but I seem to always expect the worst. I apologize for the long post, just wanted to put a few details that some of you can relate to and get your thoughts and opinions. I guess X-rays will tell for sure.
Regards,

Chris
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