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Old 11-30-2013, 05:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So I've been noticing that Giselle (7 months), takes really exaggerated steps and is wobbly at times. Her hips are really wide for seven months old. I don't have the money for X-rays just yet, so I wanted to see what you guys said. I don't have pics of her hips. I can't her to stay still long enough. So here's one of her being cute in the bathroom, and a side view.
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Old 11-30-2013, 05:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I also read that at 7 months a female GSD should be about 54.4lbs on average, and she is already 70lbs. But she is rather skinny.


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Old 11-30-2013, 09:41 AM   #3 (permalink)
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First off, I'm not the expert.

I really can't add anything useful to your original question. Does she wobble standing still?

She looks incredibly similar to our late Mia. Mia was a klutz but I wouldn't consider it "wobbly". Xray or not, you should consult the vet about the Wobbly as soon as you can.

As far as her weight. She looks perfectly healthy to me. She may fill in a little as she gets older but she looks fine. We have had two females and both were 65-70 lbs as adults. I don't recall what they weighed at 7 months but if I recall correctly they were pretty close to full grown.
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Old 11-30-2013, 10:04 AM   #4 (permalink)
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When our pups are growing they can go thru some loose/woobly stages. Why it's important for them to get appropriate amounts of off leash exercise so the bones/muscles/tendons and joints can all get good and strong to help support everything.

I'm sure her parents had good OFA hips, so she's probably fine. Have you called the breeder to explain your concerns? The reason we pay more for a responsible breeder is they WANT the calls and the updates on their pups because it reflects on their breeding program that they are constantly working to improve on. They can tell if the weight is normal for the age of your pup as well as give updates on the littermates.

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Good luck I'm betting your pup is just fine you just need up the exercise.
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Well actually I just got her from a family. She isn't papered. She has spent the last four months in an outside kennel because the mother has 4 small children. They finally decided she needed a new home and I was the perfect fit. They did not charge me anything and gave me full records of her shots. I believe their intentions were good but the kennel was FAR too small for her. She had no room to run. It was about the size of a bathroom. And she laid on concrete for four months. She doesn't wobble when standing, but I know she didn't get enough exercise. So I've been exercising her everyday, and I have a treadmill that she walks on when I am doing school work. I also have her on a multivitamin because they even admitted that she probably wasn't getting enough nutrients with the amount they fed her. So right now she is on a nutrical high calorie supplement, because under her fur she is really skinny, and I don't approve of it. And a multivitamin and a high performance dog food for active breeds. We walk a total of 3-4 hours a day and she romps in the backyard with my male. Once I see a little more stability we're going to start hiking. And also, by wobbly I meant that her legs kind of seem unstable when she's running and walking. And she tries to take long steps with her back legs, almost like she isn't sure how to walk. It's rather odd.


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You can try to post a video but if she's doing all the exercise you are mentioning and doesn't seem in pain, she's probably ok. Many of our GSD's have a weird loose stage and get all cow hocked and wobbly but can grow out of it.

Course make sure the vet's saying things are fine too (think you said you did).
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Old 12-03-2013, 06:27 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Not the best quality but you can kind of see her hips.
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Looks perfectly normal to me. She probably has more rear than front right now. Just an unbalanced stage of growth that shows itself by her "exaggerated" walking.
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Oh ok. I just wasn't sure because I've never had a GSD that was younger than a year.


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I looked at both u-tubes, I do not see anything concerning there. I am more concerned with what you are feeding to this youngster, what supplements in your multivitamin, etc. Being nearly full-grown at 7 months old is just how some of them grow, but it really is better for them structurally to grow at a moderate rate. If you are feeding high protein, high fat, high calories, high calcium you can be setting yourself up for problems down the line. Keeping the phosphorous-calcium ratio correct is important for a growing pup.
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