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We have noticed lately that our 9 yr. old boy has theses large, bone-hard roundish ankle joints (hock, tarsus?) on his hind legs. They are on both legs and are larger on the inside of the joint, The dog is somewhat overweight, and he has a bit of a hard time getting up, but still loves to run and play like a puppy. He does not limp. These places do not appear to hurt him when I rub and push on them. Are these joints normal for bigger breeds, or are these something that has developed because of his weight? Our other 11 yr old GR doesn't have these, but he is not overweight.
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Have they always been large like that, or did that develop over time or recently? To me that looks swollen and I would ask the vet about it.
 

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Maybe people were waiting for your response to Mylissyk's questions. I'm sorry I don't know anything about the subject. I feel small round places on Rukie's legs
 
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Have they always been large like that, or did that develop over time or recently? To me that looks swollen and I would ask the vet about it.
Well both hind legs have these big joints, mostly on the inside and they are exactly the same size. I believe they no doubt got larger as the dog grew bigger. They are bone hard and do not seem to bother him at all. His joints move easily and freely. No grinding or stiffness. Our other Golden is 3 years older at 12 years, but also is 20 lbs lighter in weight, and his 'hocks' are much smaller.
 

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Well both hind legs have these big joints, mostly on the inside and they are exactly the same size. I believe they no doubt got larger as the dog grew bigger. They are bone hard and do not seem to bother him at all. His joints move easily and freely. No grinding or stiffness. Our other Golden is 3 years older at 12 years, but also is 20 lbs lighter in weight, and his 'hocks' are much smaller.
I'm not a veterinary proffesional by any means, but your statement above leads me to believe that there may be a chance that weight may have something to do with it. If he were my dog, I'd ask my vet about it, and perhaps get a referral to a canine orthopedic specialist for x-rays and a consult. At the very least I would try to get the extra weight off because it can contribute to orthopedic problems down the road. Also Goldens are a stoic breed. He might be experiencing a small amount of pain but will not show it. Again, I'm not being accusatory, just putting this out to you for your consideration. Weight may be a factor or it may not.
 
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I just noticed on your first post that he is stiff getting up but then okay. Could be arthritis setting in? I have arthritis in my knees and I'm stiff getting up but after that no problem, and I have big knobby knees. Suggest to consult your vet and maybe try some joint supplements along with weight loss if that's the case. My boy was raised on Dasuquin and fish oil and he has never had a problem yet.
 
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