Hello Everyone who was SO NICE to help with words and advice. Yes, His name is Lieben and we did have an xray done. He went in for lethargy after a day at doggie day care and the vet wanted to xray his stomach and decided while doing that he would get the hip. From what I saw, there wasn't much hip socket and the leg 'bone wasn't anywhere near it...I read one post in there where "Good Karma" was suggesting the THR surgery. Believe me, it is definitely on the table. I was told his bones had to reach full maturity.
So, what I do for him right now is limit his activity (length of play time), I don't run him on concrete anymore, I take him to a beach here and run him using his tennis ball on the sand and into the water. The thing is I wonder about the "bounding" he does in the shallow part of the water. It's a lot like jumping so, could that be bad? And then I throw the ball around in the back yard, but he makes sudden stops, and I think I read that could be bad?
Lately (last 2 weeks) I am noticing he puts the first half of his body on the bed and so I go and lift his rear to help him on the bed. And I'm hearing new pops and cracks in his joints when he moves. I think this may be because we've been doing the ball in the back yard exclusively lately, because the beach has been so cold.I'm so sad, he's so young.
We're working on passing the Canine Good Citizen certification and all the trainers remark on his temperament...he is just such a sweet sweet baby. I want to know I am doing the right things for him. I wish the best for all of our loved babies on here. I most definitely want and need all of the advice I can get from all of you more knowledgeable than myself!!! Thank you for being here!!!