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Old 05-20-2014, 02:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 9 month old with one knee larger than the other

I'm wondering if anyone else has come across this. Yesterday we had our pup at the vet for a check up and had her check out his legs while there. She pointed out that the knee on his right hind leg was noticeably larger than the left one and that concerned her. When you grab hold of one, then the other, you can definitely tell. He doesn't yelp or act any different when you do that, He hasn't been limping, and has never been injured. He is somewhat cow hocked but that has been improving as he gets older, though she said she didn't like that either. He will be getting neutered in a couple of weeks and she is going to do x-rays then. Until then, I'll just worry, but wanted to see if anyone has come across his before. Thanks for any replies.
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If he has growth issues I would hold off on the neutering until you know the final outcome of his knees. Has he ever fallen on that knee? Consider X rays to get to the bottom of this while he is still young.
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not something i have ever seen.
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the first place i would start looking for answers is an ortho vet as they would want to take their xrays.
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If he has growth issues I would hold off on the neutering until you know the final outcome of his knees. Has he ever fallen on that knee? Consider X rays to get to the bottom of this while he is still young.
He has never fallen on that knee to my knowledge.
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I too would hold off on neutering, as neutering before sexual maturity affects growth plate closure and overall limb structure. I dont feel a dog should be neutered before at least a year old, but especially if there is some kind of joint concern.

I would just get the xrays now, and make sure they're sent off to be read by a radiologist, most clinics do that automatically.
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I agree with holding off on the neutering until his skeletal structure is mature. I feel this is especially important with a possible issue with that knee.
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as a general rule unless your gsd is a king size or shiloh or extra large the growth plates are going to close at sexual maturity
which is usually around 9-12 mos
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http://www.vsoak.com/web/images/stor...ture%20Dog.pdf
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as a general rule unless your gsd is a king size or shiloh or extra large the growth plates are going to close at sexual maturity
which is usually around 9-12 mos
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http://www.vsoak.com/web/images/stor...ture%20Dog.pdf
Which is why you should wait until at least 12 months to neuter

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Old 05-21-2014, 02:10 PM   #10 (permalink)
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if puberty is starting at 9mos then another 3 mos is not going to matter much either way
i love you guys passion but making owners feel guilty about their own choices with their own dogs is going too far
i doubt you are buying its food for them?
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