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So when i first took Zelda in for her very first physical May 02, i believe. The vet looked at her and said its hard to tell at this age if she has Hip dysplasia or not. She has gone in about 3 more times after that, and they have not said anything about her hips.
I am very concerned about it.. I do not know very much about it, i am trying to educate myself but some signs i have seen are:
- "Frog sitting"
- if she runs around just for a little while she has to lay down
- she wobbles some when she walks, so not full control over rear end
- when she turns the legs move oddly..


When i can, i want to take her in and have her tested with x-rays.



what are some common warning signs of HD i should be looking out for?
 

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the vet can't diagnose HD by stretching her legs out, manipulating her joints or by feel, it can only be done by xray. They can guess and give an opinion on laxticity of the joints, etc but by seeing the hips/sockets/joints on xray is the only way.
If you are worried, get them done. It doesn't even have to be an OFA perfect xray, but a general one of the pelvis done on her back will work. Some vets charge more for the official xray sent to OFA as opposed to an xray of the hips.
 

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I've had a few dogs with mild to moderate dysplasia.

This is totally from personal experience only:
What I have noted is an uneven gait, sometimes skipping a step, but then others don't have a difference in gait.
Sometimes you will see more muscling in one rear thigh than the other to help compensate; usually the leg with the increased muscling is the one with dysplasia.
"Bunny hopping" can also be a sign of HD.

How a dog handles having HD varies on the dog, the amount of osteoarthritis and remodeling has already happened, and the tolerance of the dog. There are dogs with severe HD that don't show a single sign that anything is wrong and others with very mild that have pain and mobility issues.

Definitely xrays are the only way to determine if there is any dysplasia.

With the age of your puppy the wobbliness could be her having too much rear, ligaments that aren't very strong. A good exam by a good vet (I prefer one without prejudice toward "shepherd issues" that assumes that HD Must be the culprit), that can do some range of motion evaluations, pain and gait evaluation.
Puppies can be very strange, GSD puppies in particular LOL, but if you are worried definitely get her checked out.

In all my GSD's I believe strongly in physical rehab strengthening exercises to prevent injuries and to help keep them in top shape.
I do range of motion exercises daily, esp the older ones who need every part of their bodies kept mobile for as long as you can, but the younger ones as well can benefit from this.
I also use a wobble board or balance disc to help with learning body awareness and coordination.
There are also exercises you can learn to do with your dog to help strengthen certain areas of the body, or an all over workout.
Getting in contact with a local Rehab Vet (certified) to learn some preventative techniques and exercises might help.
My friend here in Greenville SC has a clinic. Here is her website:
Animal Rehab and Conditioning Center
I'm sure there is one near you.

My Bahstun goes to see her for underwater treadmill sessions to help keep his rear strong.

Catherine
 

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go to the Vet and have x-rays taken. i took my dog to a specialist
to have his hips x-rayed. your concerns were my concerns and that's
why i had his hip checks. they also did all sorts of blood work because
i wanted to make sure the way he ran and walked wasn't tick related.

1- my pup did the frog sitting.

2- she may need to build up to more play time.

3- could be a matter of coordination. my boy
was sloppy untill 8 months or older.

4- need a video to see her move.

So when i first took Zelda in for her very first physical May 02, i believe. The vet looked at her and said its hard to tell at this age if she has Hip dysplasia or not. She has gone in about 3 more times after that, and they have not said anything about her hips.
I am very concerned about it.. I do not know very much about it, i am trying to educate myself but some signs i have seen are:

1 - "Frog sitting"

2 - if she runs around just for a little while she has to lay down

3 - she wobbles some when she walks, so not full control over rear end

4 - when she turns the legs move oddly..


When i can, i want to take her in and have her tested with x-rays.



what are some common warning signs of HD i should be looking out for?
 

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I also use a wobble board or balance disc to help with learning body awareness and coordination.
There are also exercises you can learn to do with your dog to help strengthen certain areas of the body, or an all over workout.

Catherine
Morton, i have been wanting to get her one of those to help with coordination and to build up more muscle, so yes i should get one!
What are some of those exercises that help strengthen those important areas of the body for HD or possible HD?

go to the Vet and have x-rays taken. i took my dog to a specialist
to have his hips x-rayed. your concerns were my concerns and that's
why i had his hip checks. they also did all sorts of blood work because
i wanted to make sure the way he ran and walked wasn't tick related.

1- my pup did the frog sitting.

2- she may need to build up to more play time.

3- could be a matter of coordination. my boy
was sloppy untill 8 months or older.

4- need a video to see her move.

So does your pup have HD (because if not than her frog sitting could be "normal." Yes, this is true! :) I walk her for about 45-60 minutes about 2-3 times a day. And if i didnt get a her afternoon walk in, i will let her run on a 50 foot leash and play a little fetch, or do the flirt pole (i try to do less of this and do very big circles or do a wait and release when im 40+ feet away so she just runs in a straight line to the flirt pole and then i let her grab it.
I will try and get a video, if i can get my camera to work! :)

Thanks everyone!

When i can afford it (soon) i am going to get her x-rays. I am also picking up some hours at that vets again, so i will have a discount and perhaps can do the OFA xrays! :)

*I dont know much about conformation, but i am pretty sure Zelda has a pretty sad conformation, but her intelligence and sweetness make up for any physical flaw :) I am just worried about the affects of having a bad conformation.
 

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Ball Dynamics Intl | FitPAWS | FitBALL | Core Conditioning, Rehab & Fitness Training
This is a good website, and you can buy any of the equipment there too.
Most of the equipment comes with a demo DVD.

Depends on your dogs' weaknesses for specific exercises.
For example, to strengthen the rear end doing "sit to stand" exercises help to build that muscle.
THere is also a book (that you can buy for an e-reader OR in paperback):
Peak Performance: Coaching the Canine Athlete by Dr. Zink
 
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