Opinion please :) - German Shepherd Dog Forums
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-05-2015, 07:56 PM Thread Starter
meggy10's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 52
Opinion please :)

I just got my 7 month old gsd hips x-rayed bc he was limping some. Of course when I take him to the vet he decides he is perfectly fine. I know the positioning is not the best and neither is the quality but I just wanted some of y'alls opinions that have more experience. Opinion please :)-imageuploadedbypg-free1420505777.216991.jpg
meggy10 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-05-2015, 08:03 PM
Ozzieleuk's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: North Carolina in winter; Tennessee in summer
Posts: 150
I'm not an expert or in the medical field, but you should receive a flurry of responses
on the forum soon. There are some qualified professionals on this forum.

Youngsters can bang themselves up and pull muscles when playing around so if that
limp doesn't go away in a couple of weeks, I'd get another opinion.
Ozzieleuk is offline  
post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-05-2015, 09:34 PM
The Administrator from the Great White North, eh?
Castlemaid's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northern British Columbia
Posts: 16,991
Not the best is an understatement - I'd say the positioning is atrocious and makes getting a real picture of the hips very difficult.

The sockets and the balls look fine - I don't think the limping was due to the hips. They look loose with a lot of open space between the socket and the hip balls - but the positioning is most certainly an issue here. A young pup will have looser joints than an adult, so some looseness should not be of worry and that is why dogs need to be at least 24 months before official hip x-rays. I bet that proper positioning of these hips would give a true picture of the hips, and take away any concerns.

Based on what the posted x-ray, I would not worry about the hips for now. If you decide later on to do OFA x-rays on your dog, I'd find a different vet with experience in proper positioning.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Keeta BH, OB1, TR1, AD
Rottweiler/Hairy Dog mix?? 2004-2015
Castlemaid is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-05-2015, 09:49 PM
Crowned Member
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Posts: 19,496
The positioning is horrid but I don't see anything glaringly bad. Other common causes of limping can be pano, an iliopsoas muscle injury, ACL/knee injury. Unfortunately these things don't show up on x-rays. I would rest the puppy from play/exercise and do leash walks/leash potty only for 5+ days and then see if the limp is better.
Liesje is offline  
post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-07-2015, 01:28 PM Thread Starter
meggy10's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 52
Thanks guys! He is getting around a lot better now. No more limping. and we are going to be going to a specialist vet when he is 2 for OFA ratings. Thanks for the reassurance.
meggy10 is offline  
Sponsored Links

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the German Shepherd Dog Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome