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After debating over whether to take River in for X-rays over the past few months, I finally did. She has been running oddly and obviously favoring her right hind leg (but no limping) sometimes slightly bunny hopping. Never has seemed in pain or shied away from running full force/swimming/exercising. But I definitely noticed weakness and inability to put any pressure solely on her right leg as well as loss of muscle tone. Any ideas on the X-rays? My vet said the right one doesn't look good but he hasn't really given me anything definitive and I'm going to be seeing an ortho specialist soon... So heart broken and sick about it though :(
 

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Also: she is 6 months old. I'm sure I'll find out more when going to the orthopedic specialist but does it look like TPO surgery would be of any help??
 

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Since I can't see your x-rays, but your vet didn't see anything definitive or an injury.. I would suggest a chiropractor... My Shepherd about 9yrs ago was x-rated and I was told he had a vertebrae compressing on his spinal column and a $6,000 surgery was necessary to save his life (of which half was due upfront and the rest when I picked him up.. I of course didn't have that).. I took the x-rays to a trusted chiropractor who is certified in animals.. He didn't see any of that (my boy was limping on left hind leg ND would yelp at times) and adjusted him.. Immediately he would put weight on it... It took about 3 adjustments for him to be totally sound! I would get him adjusted once a month until his muscle built back up in the leg.. He never had that problem again...

Not saying chiropractor for animals is the end all, but I've had (my animals) wonderful success.. If no injuries (and even with a definitive diagnosis of HD, which you don't have, as muscle atrophy and favoring can cause other body parts strain) it is a nice option..

Hope your baby feels better soon
 

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I would not be freaking out - though I would be concerned about the muscle loss. I am not really seeing anything other than the right is a little shallower compared to the left, but she is a puppy - is she intact? Is she near coming into heat? A lot of factors............I think seeing the ortho vet, maybe having your vet send these in for OFA prelims (if she is old enough.....not sure about that)
 
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