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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-13-2017, 03:52 PM Thread Starter
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11 week old hip pain/popping

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So I just got a male GSD puppy. He is 11 weeks old now and looks great ! The only thing that concerns me is his hips pop/click, not all the time but I hear it several times a day and I am still not 100% sure whether if its from the hip.I got him 3 days ago and since then he has been panting all the time. When I firmly touch his right hip he feels uncomfortable i guess and bites my hand and moves away but he doesnt react to the left hip. Is it possible to develop symptoms of Hip Dysplasia at 11 weeks or hip laxity? Should I be worried? Also he is cow hocked and always frog sits. I don't know if all GSD puppies are like this when they are this young. I talked to my vet and he told me not to worry and didn't ask to check the puppy but this vet isn't that experienced anyways. He said it could be trauma from the mother stepping on the puppy or something like that. Also any recommendation on timing(in minutes) for off leash exercise at this age ? Waiting to hear from y'all ! Thanks
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I would get an opinion from an experienced vet. Did you ask the breeder about the hip. Was there any injury. Did the breeder take the pups to vet for any shots dewormer etc.. and what does that vet say.
Breeder offer any kind of health guarantee.
Pics or a video link of the pup would be helpful.
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The cow hocked and frog sitting I wouldn't worry too much about at this age... they are growing, lots, they are a bit awkward and gangly at this age.

I would worry if he is in pain though.
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I would get an opinion from an experienced vet. Did you ask the breeder about the hip. Was there any injury. Did the breeder take the pups to vet for any shots dewormer etc.. and what does that vet say.
Breeder offer any kind of health guarantee.
Pics or a video link of the pup would be helpful.
I got the puppy from family friends. They have the mom,dad, brother, sister. They said all of them have good hips. I will ask them if any injury happened before he came to me. He just got his first shots tho I wasnt there when he got them and the vet that gave him the first shots is in another city. Can shots cause any of this ? Will add a video during daytime
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The cow hocked and frog sitting I wouldn't worry too much about at this age... they are growing, lots, they are a bit awkward and gangly at this age.

I would worry if he is in pain though.
My nearby vet said to give it 3-4 weeks and if he is still in pain we should then check it out.. agree ?
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I would try and limit activity as much as possible in case there is an injury. He's a pup so eliminating all running and jumping isn't gonna happen. But do the best you can. Give it some time and see.
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Is it just the hip popping or does he walk weirdly and/or show signs of pain?
If it is just the hip popping I would wait and see. I heard sometimes dogs get that in their growing phases.
If he shows discomfort, I would maybe go to an experienced vet, maybe X-Ray.
I doubt it's HD at this age, but you never know. Sometimes, I think we get too concerned and start to look for every single little possible symptom and we overlook that other dogs just behave the exact same way. I am too, guilty of this.

Frog sitting is normal at this age. I lured my dog into the right position when teaching sit.
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Is it just the hip popping or does he walk weirdly and/or show signs of pain?
If it is just the hip popping I would wait and see. I heard sometimes dogs get that in their growing phases.
If he shows discomfort, I would maybe go to an experienced vet, maybe X-Ray.
I doubt it's HD at this age, but you never know. Sometimes, I think we get too concerned and start to look for every single little possible symptom and we overlook that other dogs just behave the exact same way. I am too, guilty of this.

Frog sitting is normal at this age. I lured my dog into the right position when teaching sit.
He doesn't walk weirdly and doesn't show signs of pains (he pants 24/7, dont know if thats a pain sign). He only shows discomfort is when I touch his hip firmly. I hope it is not hip dysplasia as my last GSD got hip dysplasia. He comes from good parents with good hips but I don't know. I want to get him checked but I have his vaccination appointment in 2 weeks and was thinking of getting checked at the same time.
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