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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 08-28-2009, 01:04 AM Thread Starter
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I have a 4 1/2-5 month old male GSD who is growing in leaps and bounds. Is it common for GSD's to have a "unusual gait" at this age; specifically in the hind quarters? When we walk at a slow/medium pace I notice his hocks tend to sway outwards instead of just staying in line with the rest of his body. When we move at a faster pace there seems to be no issue and he trots very fluid. I am hoping maybe it is just muscle development or just getting used to his frame. I dread the idea that he had bad hips? Is it too early to tell? He goes to get his last set of puppy shots in about a week so maybe the vet would be able to give a clearer picture. I am going to try and post a video for a visual shortly.
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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 08-28-2009, 01:13 AM Thread Starter
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Here is a link to a video that I took on my phone while walking this evening:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PftPEYRurN0
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Up until he was about 10 months when ever he ran Chewy always looked like his back end was trying to pass his front end. But he straightened and can run like the wind now. But when i first saw him run like that I had the vet take a look at his hind end to see if there was anything wrong with his hips just to be on the safe side. Always better to play it safe with your fur kids.

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post #4 of 22 (permalink) Old 08-28-2009, 11:53 AM
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Re: Hips?

Saw your video and have to say that my puppy never walked like that.
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Originally Posted By: MaryWSaw your video and have to say that my puppy never walked like that.
Mine either. BUT, pups/dogs from different lines are built quite differently and develop at different rates. My youngest is DDR and Czech breeding so it really isn't "fair" to compare her to a WG show line. Like comparing "apples to oranges" as far as build and movement.

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My W German show line never moved like that either, BUT he has always been praised by judges for not being "loose" or "wet" as a puppy (think wet/loose like a wet noodle, compared to a young puppy who moves dryer/tigher/more like an adult).
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Re: Hips?

My Shepherd puppies have never moved like that either.

I have 1 Canadian Showline girl who is 12 years old now and has never had that problem and 1 East German Working/East German Showline male who has never moved like that either.

Personally, I would be concerned and get this checked out immediately.

Hope all is well, and please keep us updated.

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Vet saw the video and thinks that it could very well be related to growth spurt, but at this point it is hard to tell. She also is going to have another specialist take a look for another opinion. Something to do with ligiments, bone growth, etc. I just pray that he will be ok. I am going to monitor things and like I said before he is schedualed to go in for a visit in about a week. I will shoot another vid in a couple of days.
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I hope it is just related to his growth spurt.

It's always hard to tell by videos especially with a puppy this young.

I am sending good vibes your way.. Please keep us updated.

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We went to the vet the other day and I have decided to get a specialists opinion on Diesels hind quarters. He really hasn't iimproved even though at times I see him walk normal. We went socializing last night and I couldn't relax because I was afraid that his activity might not be for the best if in fact there is an issue. My stomach is in knots just thinking of what "might" be in store. Has anybody had experience with a pup having work done on them? This whole experience has really become such a nightmare.
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