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Before I start, I just want to state that I DO have a vet appointment set up for him next week. I'm just curious on your guys opinions.


I'm thinking my 10 month old pup may have Hip Dysplasia. Ever since I got him at 9 weeks, he has been walking with a noticeable sway to his walk. Not always, but 80% of the time. He also sits (and lays) with his legs off to the side always. Never with his legs under him like most dogs do. Aside from the sway, he walks normal, but when he gets into a trot or run, it's more like a bunny hop. Same with going up the stairs. He doesn't walk up them, he hops up them with both back legs moving together up each stair.

Last week he started limping a little. Not a huge limp, but it's definitely noticeable and constant. It seems to be more pronounced after getting up from resting for awhile and less so after he's been playing or exercising for awhile.

He get's daily trips to the dog park that last at least 2 hours, and he still runs and plays as if nothing is wrong. Actually, that's not completely true. He has never been a big runner. He WILL run, and fast too, but it's short runs. He never actually FULL OUT runs or chases something for long.

He doesn't seem to be in any pain. And I've never ran him on concrete or anything that could possibly hurt his joints. The only place he runs, when he does, is at the dog park and it's on his own terms and at his own pace.


So what do you all think? Hip Dysplasia? Or could it be something else?
 

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Definitely sounds like it could be dysplasia, but the vet will be able to tell you for sure. There are several possible causes for lameness. What breed is he? If he is limping, it is likely he is in some discomfort. Dogs are good at hiding pain.
 

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He's a mixed breed. Best guess is ChihuahuaXBeagleXPug but it could be just about anything really. He's around 20lbs.
 

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Thanks Nil. I actually checked that out the other day. Unfortunately, it just convinced me even more that it's probably Hip Dyspasia :(
I'm sorry. Hopefully it just turns out to be a silly puppy thing. Have you thought about adding glucosamine/chondroitin to see if it changes anything?
 

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I'm sorry. Hopefully it just turns out to be a silly puppy thing. Have you thought about adding glucosamine/chondroitin to see if it changes anything?
I have thought about it. I just want to hold off on trying anything until I talk to my vet. I'm really hoping that if it is HD, I can manage it with medication and/or supplements. I don't want to have to put him through any surgeries if at all avoidable.
 

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I have thought about it. I just want to hold off on trying anything until I talk to my vet. I'm really hoping that if it is HD, I can manage it with medication and/or supplements. I don't want to have to put him through any surgeries if at all avoidable.
I understand. I hope it all works out!
 

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I understand. I hope it all works out!
Thank you. Me too!


I've read that HD can also be brought on by an overweight dog. If you can see properly from the pics below, he has a very wide, heavy chest. And he's is very solid. But I don't think he is fat or overweight. So I'm pretty sure if it IS Dysplasia, it's probably genetic and not because of his weight. The fact that most of his symptoms were present when I got him confirms that for me too.

 

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He's a mixed breed. Best guess is ChihuahuaXBeagleXPug but it could be just about anything really. He's around 20lbs.
With a dog that small, I'd be thinking other possibilities - legg perthes, luxating patella, etc. CHD is possible in small dogs, but not as likely. But again, your best bet is with a DX by the vet. The good news is that there are surgical repairs for many of these conditions which give the dog a normal life. From personal experience, if I were looking at surgery, I would be going to a board certified specialist. My recent experience (for an injury repair) is that they aren't much more expensive than a regular vet, and the results and follow-up is much better (at least with the one I went to)
 
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