My husband picked her up and the staff said they had no idea how it happened, and starting talking hip dysplasia and I am totally freaked out.
We brought Maggie to the vet, who was rather put off by our concern. She gave Maggie some pain medication and said to keep our eye on her. I have read every posting about HD, I read what our breeder sent us, my eyes are sore!!
Any thoughts...I want to believe it was rough play and she pulled or sprained something. Maggie runs around our yard hard, and has never limped after.
Also, I read that a bunny hop gait is a sign of HD...I have noticed how she hops like a bunny at a certain speed, especially up the stairs.
|I don't know a lot about hip dysplaysia but the fact that your vet was put off my your concern for your puppy is a big problem. It is certainly not unheard of for an OES to have it so it surprises me that your vet didn't discuss it with you and at least investigate it given that you were worried. I'd recommend finding another vet. Even if this is a vet you trust, it never hurts too get a second opinion. I'm sure someone on the forum may be able to recommend a vet in your area.|
|I would get a new vet.
It may be nothing more than the pup was playing rough and bruised or sprained something, it may also very well be a growth issue at that age. It is not uncommon for pups at that age to develop a temporary limp because sometimes some bones will grow faster than others and cause an arthritic like pain.
I would still get the pup checked by a vet who actually cares though. It should be investigated.
|I agree about seeing another vet. Unfortunately it is a group of vets, and for an "emergency" call you get who you get. I just wish I was there with my husband who was just overwhelmed and didn't speak up.
Thanks for the support..
|I would for sure see another vet! I'm not sure about HD but keep us posted! I would be a wee bit concerned that the doggie day care didn't know if it was from playing or not! They should be watching when the dogs are playing and should be able to rule that out, I would think.
Colleen and The Gooch=>If Maggie Mae wants to come over, I'll give her a massage!
|I would lean towards the rough playing aspect too. Frank had a limp for a week or 2 when he was around that age and he just did something to it running around. Regarding the bunny hop, I've never heard that. Our front porch has 4 - 10 to 12 inch stairs and he regularly clears them from the sidewalk going both down & up. Please don't worry about hip dysplasia just yet.|
|Parts get sprained, pinched, nipped etc. I've even broken a pup's toe by stepping on it, poor guy. This same guy came to us with a broken leg because his older siblings used him as a soccer ball (2 different litters 6 months apart). It was this accidental breeding and injury that brought to boy to our rescue home in the first place. He recovered quite well.
Still, you've read severe HD does show up in young pups, so you have a right to be concerned. If the pup isn't better in a few days or so, I'd ask for another in the group.......or even change groups, if possible.
|Maggie is feeling a lot better today. She rested a lot yesterday, and was a little limpy this morning...but she is walking almost normally now. You have to look really hard to notice that she is still favoring her leg. Hopefully I can convince her to take it easy for a few more days.
We have decided to keep her out of that daycare for the time being. I am still very angry that no one on the staff had a clue what happened. We are also looking to a smaller vet practice instead of the group we have gone to for years. I want someone to know my dog and my husband and I.
Thanks again for the replies, sometimes only the words of another sheepie lover can sooth.
|I like a smaller practice. My vet has one part time vet with her.....maybe Kelly is now full time. They know us, our pets, our beliefs towards animal health, life and death. They also know their limitations. If something comes up they don't feel comfortable with, they refer us to the specialists. I appreciate that.|
|Having a vet you can rely on and trust is important. We changed vets 4 times before we got the one we have now. He is wonderful and we can call about anything and get a quick response. Keep looking until you find the right one.|
|I think a vet that knows you and remembers your dog is really important. My guys love going to the vets, they know they are going to get lots of treats and cuddles. We can also take them free of charge to be weighed when ever we like. Now they know the drill, straight into the surgery, on the scales, then have a treat, and a cuddle with the vet.
Chris Frodo and Smeagol
|I am having the same problem w/ my 7 month old Shepard mix. He goes to daycare 5 days a week and has developed and on/off limp. We went through x-rays & pet pain medicine which helped, but nothing out of the ordinary has been found. We all think it is growing pains for such a young dog who is getting very big very fast and our E-vet has metioned it as well. He does like to play rough w/ larger dogs, so this could be happening w/ that as well as going in the doggie swimming pool and pushing off the sides hard. hope all turns out well.|
I am having the same problem w/ my 7 month old Shepard mix. He goes to daycare 5 days a week and has developed and on/off limp. We went through x-rays & pet pain medicine which helped, but nothing out of the ordinary has been found. We all think it is growing pains for such a young dog who is getting very big very fast and our E-vet has metioned it as well. He does like to play rough w/ larger dogs, so this could be happening w/ that as well as going in the doggie swimming pool and pushing off the sides hard. hope all turns out well.
If he's at day care 5 days a week, he's probably partying really hard! Plain and simple, he's probably just sore from all the exercise. Have you tried keeping him home for a week and letting him sleep it off? Maybe see if the rest helps?
|If he is growing quickly, I would switch him off of the puppy food or at least ask your Vet about it. My Maxwell had growing Pains (cant remember the medical term paneio somthing, its been awhile) but it moves from leg to leg. And the Vet diagnosed it on him from x-rays....its painful for the dog. Even Had max in the emergency vet one night on morphine. Ask your vet about it, but it could also be rough housing. Max limps every so often from doing splits on my wood floors.......keep us informed.|
|my derby was playing and started limping on the front leg now 6 months later every time he plays hard he limps go see a new vet my first one said don't worry|
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|I also have a gsd puppy that has developed an on and off limp. He is 6 months old. We have been to the vet, had x rays and what they have found is a bone problem called Pano. It causes pain and discomfort in GSD and other similar breeds up to 2 years of age then disappears. has something to do with growth stages and devlopment although they don't seem to know to much about it. The best success I have had in reducing the symptons is rest.
I would have your vet consider this even though it is hard for them to diagnose. Good Luck
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