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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-15-2015, 01:02 PM Thread Starter
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Bears hips...

I received a comment in the street last week about Bears hips being low and asking if he had dysplasia and now i am obsessed and really worried about him
I have just taken him to the vets for a check up and i asked her to have a feel and she didnt say they were bad but didnt say they were good, she just said its expected with the breed and we'll have to wait and see when hes fully grown and take some x-rays. Ive enclosed a picture to show you guys. Apologies if its no good to see him.

Also, what is the general outcome once diagnosed? I associate it so negativelly the only time ive seen about it was on tv and they had to pts
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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-15-2015, 01:08 PM
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he's too young for any hd to start showing up.
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Okay thats good. I forgot to say hes 4 and a half months! I just dont want to spend the rest of his puppy life worrying about it. Is it worth trying to find a specialist vet that would know more about it?
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actually, maybe try posting a video of him walking. That will get better responses.
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I wouldn't worry about it too much right now. Just be careful with him - don't let him jump from high places, run a lot on pavement, or do anything else that might be hard on growing joints. Keep him lean and make sure he eats a proper diet.

When he gets a bit older, you can do x-rays. I think you can do preliminaries as young as 9 or 10 months (maybe younger, I don't really know) but their hips will keep changing as they keep growing until they're about 2. X-rays at 2 or older will tell you, for sure, whether or not the hips are dysplastic.

Even if he does have hip dysplasia, that's usually not a death sentence. Lots of members here have dogs with varying degrees of dysplasia. Often the dogs won't even have pain until they're in their later years, when they start getting arthritis from it.
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It is not too early for HD to show BUT this is a very "loose" stage for some puppies. My male (who is larger than I would like LOL) was like this. As he grows, things should tighten up!

Just exercise him appropriately, keep him lean and let him grow! You can do prelims at a year old if you want to see how things are doing. If he is just a companion dog, I wouldn't worry unless there were symptoms of HD showing.
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Oh, I didn't know he was 4 months.. he looked so much younger!
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Jasira has mild HD but she's never had issues. I do give her a joint supplement. Maybe that as an option to protect his limbs?
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Don't worry my dog has a weird walk right now and she is 4.5 months old to. I was worried when I first noticed it but we did multiple vet visits and it even came down to x-Rays and nothing showed. The vet told me she's not worried either because she said bella is in a goofy stage where they would stumble and walk weird said its perfectly normal
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Yes he is small for his age ive been told but we've only had him a month and was underweight when we got him. I will be getting xrays around a year i think. Are there any supplements that he could take to help? Also he likes to play rough and tumble with other dogs should i try and keep that to a minimum. I dont let him jump etc and will pick him up when i have to although its starting to get more and more difficult now at 15kg! He is a companion dog and would only show as a hobby (if his ears ever stand up!)

I will take a video tomorrow and post it here
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