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03-11-2014 08:02 AM
blackshep HD is genetic, but it can also come as a result of exercising a growing pup too hard, diet, being overweight, early spay/neuter has been linked to it etc. It's a complex issue.

If your dog seems no worse for wear you're probably fine, but if your dog is limping you might wasn't to visit the vet.

Hope you're both feeling ok today! I wiped out on the stairs last night, and I'm sure feeling it today! :/
03-10-2014 07:34 PM
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Another thing is that just because she may develop a limp like my dog Cruz did, does not mean it's HD either. You would need to take her to a vet for proper diagnosis. Cruz developed a limp after he took a slide on his belly. After xrays, and blood work, it was determined to be a certain virus that is not uncommon in I think it was 6 to 8 month old dogs that effects thier leg joints. They basically grow out of it. Crazy hugh?
03-10-2014 04:58 PM
BriskaBoo13 Also she only goes up and down the stairs on a normal day twice. And I have never ever seen her take them like she did yesterday. I have no clue what she was thinking She is usually pretty slow and steady on them.

Thanks...her pedigree is pretty clean as far as HD goes so I'm hoping that is going to help with this.
03-10-2014 04:56 PM
Harry and Lola A dog needs to have the HD gene. However if the gene is present, then environmental issues can assist to develop the dysplasia such as being over weight, hard jumps etc.

Check her pedigree, if generations have low scores for both HD and ED then she will most likely not be a candidate for developing dysplasia.
03-10-2014 04:54 PM
BriskaBoo13 Okay. I'll just watch and see what she does in the next day or so. I can't ever get into my vets the same week no matter what the problem is (had my min pin start having seizures and wasn't able to get in for 5 days, also she stopped eating and was super lethargic) so that is why I asked here hoping to get some insight as to if I should worry about damaging her or not.
03-10-2014 04:52 PM
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Rocky my late GSD tore or stretched the ligments in his front ankles so bad that his dewpads would almost touch the ground while standing. His age did'nt help but the damage was caused by leaping off the staircase about 5 steps up to the floor bellow. The floor is concrete under the carpet. He was 95 to 100 lbs. and was alerted to someone at the door.

Cruz my current GSD has fall backwards down the same stairs. Crazy. He went to sit and his bum missed the landing and away he went. All I could do was freak out and watch.

Stairs arw dangerous for animals as well as us. I try to stay close to them and control thier speed going up and down them. If I didn't, Cruz would wind up gimp, he likes to shoot up and down stairs when he's excited.
03-10-2014 04:11 PM
Lilie
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If you are worried about it, take her to the vet. We can't say one way or another via email and make any sense.
This is very true. And there could be degrees of injury or your pup may have a high pain tolerance - my boy sliced the pad of his paw and I would never have known had he not left a significant amount of blood on my floor.

You could call your vet, describe what happened. Let them mark it on his charts so the vet can be aware to check it during your next visit. Or your vet may want you to come in just to check him.
03-10-2014 04:06 PM
middleofnowhere If you are worried about it, take her to the vet. We can't say one way or another via email and make any sense.
03-10-2014 03:56 PM
BriskaBoo13 Okay, so ACL is a muscle or tendon injury, right? Sorry, I should google it. But is there something I need to watch for to make sure I didn't injure her in that way? Like would she be limping or favoring a certain leg? Thanks!
03-10-2014 03:50 PM
Lilie Running and slipping like that can cause ACL injuries. Something that I personally suffered so I'm careful for that.

With an accident such as you described, I'd be more concerned with ACL injuries or spinal injuries.
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