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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 01-18-2014, 09:58 PM Thread Starter
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Bunny Hop//Cow hocks??

Okay, first of all, since joining this site I have turned into the MOST paranoid puppy momma ever! Every time someone posts a problem about their puppy I automatically check mine for the same and think he has it! Second, I'm learning a lot of things that I had never heard of before.

ANYWAYS, since reading a post about "bunny hopping" and "cow hocks", I'm freaking out. My puppy does this hop (or so I think). Should I be concerned about it? He is only 6 months old and I always just thought it was a puppy bounce he likes to do. But now I'm having second paranoid thoughts. Any insight on this? He does run A LOT at the dog park, and loves jumping high in the air for tennis balls. Could this have possibly affected his hips and caused the hop? I know his growth plates are still developing, but I thought since the ground is almost always soft and muddy that he should be okay. I've never let him run, wrestle, or jump for balls on hard cement. I hope I didn't do anything wrong. For the first month I had him I carried him up/down stairs and also lifted him on and off of my bed (actually did this for several months because my bed is so high).

Next, I'm having trouble determining if my dog is cow hocked or just clumsy. This might seem like a stupid question, but I've been sitting with him and comparing him with pictures and I just can't make the call. I feel as though my judgement is clouded because I'm worried.

I'm attaching videos and pictures (hopefully they work). Some of them aren't the best quality so I've added multiple. Don't mind the mess, he seems to only like the muddiest portion of the park
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Ooops, working on getting the videos on. One sec!
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Okay, here are the videos uploaded to youtube:

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in my very unprofessional opinion I do see some bunny hopping. However as others have told me here that does not mean your puppy has hip dysplasia. The only way to tell is by an xray. Puppies can run very goofy. I know what you mean about reading the forum and becoming paranoid. I actually had to take a little break so that I would stop worrying myself crazy haha
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in my very unprofessional opinion I do see some bunny hopping. However as others have told me here that does not mean your puppy has hip dysplasia. The only way to tell is by an xray. Puppies can run very goofy. I know what you mean about reading the forum and becoming paranoid. I actually had to take a little break so that I would stop worrying myself crazy haha

Haha my boyfriend actually told me to get off this site, I think I'm driving him crazy over all of this.

I think my only peace of mind will come from x-rays
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it looks like all the dogs are running the same to me.


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I think the right left leg looks a little weak and it does look like he is planting both back legs together instead of striding. However, he is a puppy and this is a just from looking at the videos.

It looks like overall he could use more muscle mass in his hind end. Do you do low impact exercise with him or is it all running and jumping? Rafi was like that when I adopted him at age 1.5. I built up his muscle, gave him supplements for his joints and don't let him overdo the high-impact exercise and he is doing great now at age 7.5.

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It looks like overall he could use more muscle mass in his hind end. Do you do low impact exercise with him or is it all running and jumping? Rafi was like that when I adopted him at age 1.5. I built up his muscle, gave him supplements for his joints and don't let him overdo the high-impact exercise and he is doing great now at age 7.5.

We walk regularly, but not for too long of distances. I can attempt to increase that as well as some hiking. What supplements do you give him?
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He's a 6 month old goofy puppy, they all are. I wouldn't get too worried about it unless he's showing signs of pain. Getting up slow, not wanting to go up stairs, or just getting tired quickly.

If you're really worried about it, get x-rays done before you start with supplements and all that.
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Woof, that's what I'm hoping for. I think I'm just being overly paranoid. Maybe I'll give it a few months. He doesn't show any signs of pain, practically drags me down the stairs when he really has to go to the bathroom LOL
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