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Unhappy I'm afraid that Jo might have abnormal hips :(

Hi all, Josefina (Jo) our rescue, might have abnormal hips, when she walks, sometimes she doesn't walk normally, let me try to explain: ESP after any kind of excersise, she "paces" almost like a harness race horse, almost like she can't rotate her hips correctly. I know that the only way I will know is a vet visit but she doesn't seem to be in any pain, she jumps & runs, she doesn't cry when she gets up & doesn't have a prob laying down.

Is this something I should be worried about? If so should I worry now? Or later?

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How old is she? Is she on any joint supplements? You really can't tell if it is the hips or HD without an xray.
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How about getting some video of what you are seeing and putting on youtube and link it to here so we can see what you are seeing.

Most still digital cameras take at least a minute of video, so check your camera. Also many phones will take movies too. So you don't need an official 'video' camera to put something up.

Have you contacted your breeder or asked them about what you are seeing?




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In addition to Maggie's suggestion above go to youtube and you will find videos there showing how some dogs with HD move.

Another tip, have someone put her on a leash and walk her in a straight line while you have your hands on her hips. If you feel a sensation like a 'knuckle cracking' that could be an indication of hip dysplasia.

Above all, IMHO as someone who has a dog which was just diagnosed, don't wait too long. If her signs of discomfort do not decrease or start getting worse over the next few days please take her in for an exam and x-rays. That way you'll know for sure what you are dealing with and can start managing it appropriately.

Also, go to the health section there are some threads there about H.D.


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Hi all, Josefina (Jo) our rescue, might have abnormal hips, when she walks, sometimes she doesn't walk normally, let me try to explain: ESP after any kind of excersise, she "paces" almost like a harness race horse, almost like she can't rotate her hips correctly. I know that the only way I will know is a vet visit but she doesn't seem to be in any pain, she jumps & runs, she doesn't cry when she gets up & doesn't have a prob laying down.

Is this something I should be worried about? If so should I worry now? Or later?
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-22-2012, 12:53 PM
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Good advice all. And you might contact a local GSD club to help you find a vet that takes proper xrays of hips. Not all vets can.

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