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Our Max is 3 1/2 months. Yesterday at puppy class a remark was made that our Max had hip dysplasia because his back legs are low. Is it possible to look at a dog and see an inclination towards hip dysplasia? I thought the remark was rather rude I would never look at someones kid and tell them their nose or whatever was too big.
 

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Ignore that idiot. If you could tell if a dog has HD by looking, vets and breeders wouldn't need perfect x-rays to make a diagnosis. Jeez. That was rude. I'd have probably said something back about the other person's dog (I have that immature streak sometimes, but only if someone's being an idiot.
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KodeeGirl is right ... ignore that idiot. Hehehe. Can't know for certain till X-rays are done. I think anyway ...

I have a neighbour that always say my pup will develop HD whenever we bump into each other. Because, ya know, she is a GSD, and oh my, all GSDs suffer from HD.

It kinda hurts, but heck, what does he know. He says GSDs are aggressive dogs, and he owns a mutt that attacked a neighbour's poodle a while back.
 

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I'm pretty sure a vet with 40 years of experience could tell if a 3 1/2 month old puppy is displastic...
 

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look at the classic GSD photos..maybe he Max was in that classic pose with the rear legs extended back
 

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Jenn if there are Vet's out there who tell HD by looking at a pup, then why are we all doing Xrays. A Vet might give you a guess just like anyone else, but unless you see Xrays and good Xrays done by a Vet who knows how to position a dog, then I wouldn't listen to anyones comments.

Heavens if I listened to all the comment I have gotten on my coated dogs, I would swear I had mutts not PB's with long coats.
 

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Rude and ill informed!

At your next class, tell this person that your vet wants to know where they got their degree?
 

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Originally Posted By: KodeeGirl I'd have probably said something back about the other person's dog (I have that immature streak sometimes, but only if someone's being an idiot.
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Yeah, you know how all puppies have oversized heads? I'd look at the other's guy pup really carefully, shake my head a little. Mumble, "hmmm, well THAT doesn't look good..." And start to walk away. Then when he asks me "what?" I'd just point out how big his pup's head is. Then suggest that he compare it to a photo of an adult lab (or whatever breed) for reference. "I mean, if it were MY dog, I'd bring him to the vet. But I'm sure it's nothing..."


Of course, anyone who knows ANYTHING about dogs (or even the development of any mammal species) will just retort. "Duh! Pups are supposed to have big heads!" But morons like this? They don't know that! Make him worry a bit.

Immature streak? I can be downright nasty.
 

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Dante was a bit of a clutz there for awhile
I couldn't let him run with sticks...anyway I had a couple people tell me it was because he had HD.
I took GREAT delight in sharing his OFA Excellent with them after Dante turned 2!!
 

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This used to happen to me all the time, people telling me Ozzy had hip dysplasia. It used to really upset me. However, some wonderful soul on this forum told me to say

"I know, isn't it terrible? We're having him put down tomorrow because of it."

I have in fact used this and it shuts people up FAST. I love the expression on their face!
 
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