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Old 02-14-2012, 12:15 AM
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Hello, I am looking for some information or guidence in dealing with shoulder or possibly leg issues with my puppy, I have a 5 month old Golden retriever, "Trooper", for a little while now he has been limping arround when he first gets up, it seems like the longer that he stays laying down then the longer adn more sever that the limp is. I am in the military and run from time to time, so this morning I took Trooper for a short run with me, he loved it and tried to drag me for well over half the run, just over 2 miles, we only ran about a mile of it when he seemed to get a little tired so we walked the rest of the way, he still pulled at the leash a bit, but nothing major, i really didnt think that he was going to be able to run the whole distance, I cant even do that cuz I'm recovering from a surgery my self.. but after we got home and Trooper layed down a bit. when he got up, the poor little thing couldnt even support himself on his left front leg. Trooper is my first Golden, and the best dog I have ever had.. I am worried about him, we plan on getting him into the vet very soon, but for now all i am doing is worring about him, is there any one that might know something about this.. As I have stated he limps at first but seems to get over it the longer that he walks around.. not so much today, and I hate myself for taking him out running, I have researched the internet and see all kinds of scary stuff about "hip displaysia", "OCD".. and this news is scaring the crap outta me.. if you have any suggestions please let me know, thank you

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Old 02-14-2012, 07:13 AM
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Take him to your vet and find out what it is. In the meantime, I wouldn't run with him. Let us know how he does.
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Old 02-14-2012, 07:27 AM
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It could be a number of things, from pano to OCD to elbow dysplasia. I would take him to your vet, and have him checked out.

Running is not a good idea for a young puppy like Trooper, especially if you are running on hard surfaces, as this can damage growing joints. Free exercise, where he can run and jump on his own is great, but "forced" running, where he wants to keep up with you, is not a good idea until he is older.

Hopefully, it is something relatively mild, like pano, as opposed to OCD or elbow dysplasia.
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