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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. ImageUploadedByPG Free1420505777.216991.jpg
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 
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