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Jmoore728 01-13-2014 04:25 AM

Male GSD is 17 weeks old
Due to moderate to severe HD on my former female GSD, I'm very paranoid in regards to this....She had to be put down at 4 1/2 to 5 years old due to cancer....

I now have a 17.2 week old old male GSD @ 37 lbs....At what age should I have my male GSD checked for this. He comes from a very good bloodline with great hips, but I understand there is always a chance regardless....I'm currently feeding him Blue Buffalo kibble. Started him on chicken and when we finished that bag, I switched to lamb.....I plan to alternate it after every bag.....I tried raw for a short time but I didn't feel confident with it at this time time....I plan to try again in the future.....I mix in some cooked venison hamburger, roast, etc at times,,,,,Wife cooks some scrambled eggs about once a week.....I use the beef broth from the roast to mix in with the kibble along with roast chunks. ...I try to keep it switched up,...I use the roast and venison for treats during marker trainer.....

I would like to include some organ meet, but will there be much benefits if it's cooked?

Back to the hips....

Is it common at 1 year old to do the X-rays or should I wait until 18 months....

Thanks a bunch .

Melly 01-18-2014 12:18 PM

Ofa will do prelims as early as 4 months but they are not as accurate as when done on say a 12 month old. Personally I do prelims @ about 13 months. For officials they must be 24 months.

Liesje 01-18-2014 01:40 PM

I do prelims at 6-7 months. My current pup was born in Oct. and will have his prelims done in April. I do not submit them to OFA though, just look myself with a vet.

lhczth 01-18-2014 09:19 PM

I do prelims at 6-8 months, but my vet is very good at doing and reading x-rays. Not all vets are.

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