This dog walks exactly like my swiss shepherd (now a year old). She always had an awkward walk since the day I got her.
If it helps you, I'll tell you our story a bit:
She is also thin and doesn't have big muscles on her rear end, i can hear her hip sometimes. Recently she has shown more obvious signs of pain (most telling was starting to sway unusually and then sitting down on a walk, but also more bunny hopping). She doesn't obviously limp, but just walk awkward and kind of stiff and she is slower compared to other dogs. Always has been.
She was xrayed and 6 months and her hips looked very good. Just like yours. Getting her back to the vet room after xray the vet even commented that she'd be very surprised if that dog had hip displaysia. But her right hip popped as well when the vet (a very good specialist) tried to pop them out of the socket. She said it was a very light case of laxity and nothing - except supplements and exercise - should be done for now.
Now she was scheduled to be x-rayed again for her 1 year check up, but the specialist wasn't available so we took her to another specialist who is like "the best" in the country. He looked at her and said it doesn't look like it's the hips but she seems to be thin and should gain a bit of weight. Muscle too, if possible. We are trying that now, but it's a pain cause she is such a picky eater. He also said sometimes the problem might stem from another place/limp but effect the rear end.
He suggested doing a CT Scan and that's what we are scheduled to do at the end of this month. Depending on where you live it might be a too pricey option for you. Here it's relatively cheap (still a bit pricey but won't cost an arm and a leg if it's only one time).
The reason he suggested a CT Scan is because he suspects
- it might be pano
- it might be a metabolic disease (he commented on her loosing lots of fur and said it's unnormal - though in my opinion it looks to be the normal shepherd amount)
I kind of can't believe it's not the hip, because that seems the origin of her discomfort. But at the same time I always thought it was weird that her mild case of hip displaysia could be the cause of problems at under 1 year of age. I always read about dogs who have mild hip displaysia and never show any signs until they're old.
If you're interested I can tell you the outcome. Maybe they have the same or a similar condition. The walk looks pretty much identical.
Last edited by Mika-Chan; 02-08-2017 at 11:34 PM.