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Guys I’m losing my mind…. I think my 3 month old puppy has hip issue.
When we came to choose a puppy (we bought her from a reputable breeder, who in 2008 sold puppy to Joe Biden, VP of USA), I noticed that she is walking funny, but breeder told me that all puppies has Elvis Presley walk.
I had 2 vet app with her already, but I never mentioned anything to my vet. When we came for the first app, my vet walked behind us and she looked at the puppy’s gait. She sad that she is walking with confidents.
I’m usually walking her on the leash and it’s hard for me to see. Last weekend we went to downtown and my daughter was walking her. I noticed that she is turning her right back leg little outward and also looks like she is little limping. Now I’m looking at her every time she walks. My next vet app in 2 weeks… This driving me crazy…. I looked on youtube for 3-4 month old puppies walk, and it does not look the same to me.
Any of you have any experience like this?
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Greg
 

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Puppies have all kinds of crazy, clumsy walks at different stages. A slight limp could be from walking on pavement. My vet was a bit concerned about Stosh when he was about 4 mos - I had him examined by a chiropractic vet and she said it was too early to tell and not to worry. Now Stosh is fine, no signs of HP at all. So I can't answer your specific question but I would think that 3 mos is too young to tell if there are hip problems. You might want to check with a chiropractor.
 

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We have gravel and grass at our house when we first got Victor he came from the city he had never walked on gravel or grass I thought he had something wrong with him too. He looked like he was limping. I started to notice he was kinda feeling the ground with his feet and it looked like he had something wrong with him. He checked out fine at vet no hip problems/foot problems. He had to get used to our terrain(gravel,grass sometimes with stickers) It took him a couple weeks and now he runs hardcore across the whole yard no problems. He had only walked on concrete all his life. My puppy did the same thing and she came from more of a country setting so she is careful with her footing on the gravel/rocks as well. She sometimes looks like she is limping but she is not. It takes sometime for you too get used to their type of walking and also them of their enviroment. My dogs feet has seemed to toughen up to his enviroment and the puppy's is doing the same.
 

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Could you take a video of her walking? is she cow hocked?

Are you going to have xrays taken at the next visit? Thats the only way to know if there is a problem or not. At 3 months of age any HD would have to be pretty severe to show signs already and while I don't agree that that breeder is "reputable" she doesn't have a history of producing dogs with HD that I know of.
 

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3 month old pups are pretty sloppy with their gait. Panosteitis isn't usually affecting them, so a limp would concern me, but the ligaments are so loose at this age, it is pretty normal. I would get prelim's done soon with a vet that knows what they are doing and can read the films.
If there is a problem, you can start supplementing sooner.
3 months of age any HD would have to be pretty severe to show signs already and while I don't agree that that breeder is "reputable" she doesn't have a history of producing dogs with HD that I know of.
The breeder does breed large, big-boned so structurally may have issues with growth
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the domestic showline dogs are more angulated and I have seen tons of pups whose back legs move like egg beaters and it has nothing to do with hips - some of the worst looking movers from behind have good and excellent hip ratings...........

Pups can also get "pano" - panoesteotis (sp?) or an inflammation of the growth plates in the long bones of the legs.....which causes lameness too...

good luck

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while I don't agree that that breeder is "reputable" she doesn't have a history of producing dogs with HD that I know of.
Yeah, I remember when the VP bought that dog. . . I looked up the breeder and thought, "Wow, you'd think the Vice President would have people doing better research."
 

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I wouldn't panic either. Puppies can be VERY sloppy and loose when they are walking. All disjointed and floppy.

I've found the more I can exercise and build muscle, the more it helps tighten everything up. That said, really only as they grow and age that it settles.

Can you video tape someone walking your puppy around and put it here so we can see?

Also, call the breeder up and talk about your concerns. They should be able to check up on littermates and their progress as well as what's normal for their puppies.
 

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Thank you all for replaying. I feel little better now. I’ll discuss this issue at my next vet app on Oct 29.
She goes up and down stairs no problem and very playful. Little on the skinny site thought.
I’ll try post video in the next couple days.
 

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Went to the vet today, and she sad that I we need to see a specialist and do an x-ray. Something definitely wrong: hips or maybe inflammation.
Couple weeks ago I bought a PetPlan insurance. Do you think it will cover surgery if she needs one?
 
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