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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 04-20-2018, 01:09 PM Thread Starter
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Gait/legs

Hello! I saw a few posts about concerns about hind legs and puppy gait. It's my understanding that German Shepherds can look a little crazy as they mature. I worry because my 11.5 week old puppy sometimes seems like she's limping or stiff, and other times seems fine. There have been no pain symptoms. Sometimes her back legs seem weak. Sometimes it seems like they are slightly turned in. Her next checkup is on May 1st. I'm including some videos that I'll upload in separate posts as I saw those were requested a few times. I tried to get a mix of her running and walking.
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Please excuse the yard mess at our new place. It's been snowing in WI until yesterday!

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Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but this very cute pup looks very lame to me. Her left hind leg seems to collapse when she's trying to use it, almost as though it's dislocated. Has she had any injuries lately?

If she were mine, she would be heading for the vet as soon as possible.
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Something is going on. Whether it is genetics, and injury, or something else, the vet will have to say. Did you get her from a breeder? Or rescue?

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Something is going on. Whether it is genetics, and injury, or something else, the vet will have to say. Did you get her from a breeder? Or rescue?
From a breeder we'd previously been happy with. We have her 2 year old aunt (same grandsire; out of a half sister) who is absolutely amazing in disposition and development. We have a vet appointment in an hour and a half, and I left the breeder a message.
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Those videos reminded me of my 8 month old puppy. Doesn't look good.

Here are some videos of my boy:

Forrest - GSD 9/1/2016 - 5/14/2017 RIP
Brooklyn - Golden retriever 1/30/11
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@Pytheis what was the verdict on your pup's gait?

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We just got home from the vet. They were closing, so I don't have the write up of the technical terms, but after x-rays, she has shallow hip sockets, with the left being worse, and her knee caps are slipping, also with the left being worse. She has some muscle atrophy because she's been overcompensating on her right. We're going to do pain medication to see if that helps her balance out; they said it's possible muscle tone will straighten out her kneecaps, but she'll probably need surgery. It sounds like hips will be a problem at some point, but she's too young for them to know how badly. The breeder has already offered a replacement puppy pending their own vet's review, and I know it's a costly choice, but I don't think we'd have it in us. So we're going to do meds for a week, consult with an ortho specialist, follow up with our vet on her next shot date in 2 weeks, and go from there.
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I understand you have bonded with her but I think you are in for much more heartache over the life span of this dog than when you return her now. Not even thinking about the costs. And I guess that insurance will not take her on. I doubt that the breeder didn't know this.
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