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7 month old Golden with "popping" hips?

Hi, this is my first post but I've been a lurker, lol. I have a 7 month old female golden that we purchased locally from a family - no papers but she's a family pet/member so we were not concerned with papers or breeding her. I met the mother, she was just shy of 2 yrs old and seemed perfectly healthy. Within the last few weeks we've noticed a "popping" feeling on her right hip when she walks (petting her is when we feel it). It doesn't happen every step but is very noticable. She isn't limping, doesn't appear to have any pain and this does not slow her down one bit. I took her into the vet yesterday to have it checked out. My first instinct/panic was dysplasia. The vet manipulated both of her hind legs and feels it on not just the right side but the left also. She agrees that this is definately not "normal". We did Xrays and from the looks of the Xray everything in the hip area appears perfectly normal. My vet is making a call to a friend vet of hers who does the PennHip Xray, show him the Xray that was taken and pick his brain on what he thinks this could be and whether or not we should proceed with doing the Penn Xray. She will get back to me next week. I feel a lot better not seeing anything obvious on the Xray yesterday but am still very concerned. Anyone here have anything similiar with their golden pup?

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I think it does sound like she has some issues with her hips. Unfortunately if it bad, she will need surgery which is very expensive. I would get the penn hip done to see how severe and talk to a orthopedic vet.

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personally I would get her to a specialist versus your regular vet. yes more $$ but more usable information in a much faster timeline. Popping hips may not be painful now....but over a lifetime ~~~

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I agree with the others. Get it taken care of now and spend the extra time and money for your golden. It will help in the long run as the dog will need the hips when they are like 11+ years old...hope they can find something and help you out and it's nothing too serious! Good luck!

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Yep, the plan is to see what the other vet (who does the Pennhip Xrays) has to say. Most certainly will be having that done to see what is going on with the hips. It's sounded as if this other vet my original vet was consulting with was an ortho vet, I will be finding out. I am so hoping it isn't anything serious. I am more than willing to spend the money to have whatever needs to be done, done - Miss Sadie is family. My husband on the other hand is not so that will be a HUGE issue I'm sure.
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Let us all know what the vet and specialist say.

This is a young pup and it will need to be taken care of so she can have a wonderful and pain free life.

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