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Is this shoulder normal?

Sometimes Lily's shoulder looks awkward when she's lying down. Like this:





Like it just sticks at a weird angle. And I'll reposition it so that it looks like this



Is this something I should bring her for an X-ray for? She isn't limping, and it doesn't pop when she walks, doesn't seem to cause her any discomfort.

Does anyone's dog do this?


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I would suspect elbow issues.
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I would have it looked at, just to be on the safe side. It does look awkward.



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My boy has a shoulder issue he had to have surgery for and he too lays funny like that. I agree that I would have it checked out.


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Poor baby... that looks very uncomfortable. Hope it's nothing serious but would definitely have it looked at.
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Hi May i know what condition he had? i highly suspect her shoulder is very lax( laxity? not sure if i'm describing it right)


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she doesn't appear to be in discomfort etc, and she jumps around like nobodies business ):


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My little dog lays like that sometimes. Drives me nuts. He was DXed with hip displasia last month and they looked at all his joints. Everything else looks perfect.

Might have it looked at. It's easier to prevent damage than to fix it later.
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Normal behavior and movement does not always mean everything is fine. My girl broke a wrist and nobody ever knew. She was very active and we likely field trained through it. We took X-rays for another reason and totally found out about he wrist by chance. The radiologist could see a previous fracture and arthritis setting in. Dogs are very stoic.

I agree with the above posters to get it checked out. I have a friend whose golden was born with a malformed shoulder and he sometimes lays like that. It doesn't hurt him either, but the stress of everyday activity is taking a toll on his other good legs.
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I would suspect elbow issues.
This is what I was thinking also. Each picture seems to show her avoiding putting pressure directly on the elbow by either internally or externally rotating it. It does make the shoulder look strange, but I think it is a byproduct of not wanting pressure on the elbow.
That said, it could just be that she likes to lie weird. Animals are weird! But it wouldn't hurt to have her checked out. Better to catch it (if there is an "it") early.
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