Golden Retriever Dog Forums banner

1 - 10 of 10 Posts

·
Cooper's Mommy
Joined
·
5 Posts
Discussion Starter #1 (Edited)
Last week I took Cooper to get his third set of puppy vaccinations, and the vet did a fairly thorough check on him to make sure everything was going OK. She noticed that his right hip felt loose, and proceeded to tell me that we will see what it's like at his 4 month visit, and from there we can opt for an xray if it seems to stay loose.

I'm trying not to freak out, as she said most of the time puppies have loose hips when they're very young and can "grow out of it", but I can't help it! I looked online, and the internet is both my friend and foe. There are several websites that tell me that this is a symptom and that is a symptom (frog sitting, bunny hopping, difficulty getting up from a prone position, laying on stomach with legs splayed open to the sides, hesitant to go up stairs, etc.), but some say otherwise! I'm flooded with information and I don't know what to believe.

What can I do to help Cooper until his 4 month visit? And what should I be looking for in his behavior and his gait? I do notice that he sometimes has trouble getting up from a lying down position, but I always attributed that to the slippery linoleum floor. He doesn't bunny hop, doesn't mind stairs really, and sits like a puppy normally does. He does sway from side to side quite a bit when he walks, but I'm not sure what's normal and what isn't.

I don't ever run him hard. We take walks really slow. He loves the beach and loves to swim. He is not overweight.

Any thoughts? I'm trying to keep it together. :(
 

·
Thor's Momma
Joined
·
1,733 Posts
I would get a second opinion. I heard it means they have good hips if they sit in the frog position. She seems to be rushing things. They aren't even finished growing yet.
Eta- seriously I wouldn't trust that opinion.

Sent from Petguide.com Free App
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,129 Posts
Goldens tend to sway when they are walking. I think it is called pacing. If you watch them they move their front left and rear left together vs front left and rear right. Often if you pick up the pace of your walk you can get them to correct it. When they pace they have a definate hip sway. I call it the golden swagger.
If you are concerned about hips talk to your vet about starting a good glucosamine supplement. I'm not sure if there is an age limit before starting glucosamine.
I would wait for the month and see if they still feel they are loose, and if so get x-rays done.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
18,300 Posts
Please do not worry about his hips at his age! Unless he is having serious mobility problems, and can't get up without real struggle, there is no need to worry about joints at 4 months old. They have a massive amount of development and growth ahead in the next year to two years.

And definitely DO NOT let a vet talk you into any kind of hip surgery on a healthy puppy just to tighten the hips.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
10,517 Posts
I wouldn't worry about it at this point. Laxity is very common in Golden puppies. Keep him thin, let him control how much running and walking he gets and don't stress to much. Rugs can help with slippery floors. I have tile and hardwood, with rugs all around.

Frogging doesn't really mean anything one way or the other

Did his parents have OFA ratings on their hips and elbows?
 

·
Cooper's Mommy
Joined
·
5 Posts
Discussion Starter #6
Please do not worry about his hips at his age! Unless he is having serious mobility problems, and can't get up without real struggle, there is no need to worry about joints at 4 months old. They have a massive amount of development and growth ahead in the next year to two years.

And definitely DO NOT let a vet talk you into any kind of hip surgery on a healthy puppy just to tighten the hips.
Thank you! Your reply helped calm my nerves. I was getting the same reaction from a couple of my friends who also have bigger dogs - they were saying that there's still a lot of growing left and it may not be anything, especially if he is otherwise healthy and shows no visible signs of serious mobility problems. I'm beginning to have second thoughts about this vet. She is also recommending over five sets of puppy shots.. which I know is too much and is another concern altogether!
 

·
Cooper's Mommy
Joined
·
5 Posts
Discussion Starter #7
I wouldn't worry about it at this point. Laxity is very common in Golden puppies. Keep him thin, let him control how much running and walking he gets and don't stress to much. Rugs can help with slippery floors. I have tile and hardwood, with rugs all around.

Frogging doesn't really mean anything one way or the other

Did his parents have OFA ratings on their hips and elbows?
I'm going to invest in a few rugs here and there to help him out. And I will definitely keep making sure he is eating just right. Thank you!

His father has OFA good for hips and excellent elbows. Mom had fair hips and was not checked for elbows. :(
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
16,435 Posts
Vets are so well-meaning, but I would wait until 12 months, and have xrays dome by a specialist.
 
  • Like
Reactions: miss808

·
Registered
Joined
·
210 Posts
Our first Pup Sounds a lot like your puppy now. We were not told she had loose hips, but I would've freaked out if we had been told that. She ended up living a long healthy happy life, running beautifully until about two days before she died. I would not worry right now!
 
  • Like
Reactions: miss808

·
Member
Joined
·
446 Posts
I would definitely seek a second opinion. I have great trust in my vet, and know that she is looking out for the health of my girl, and does not do unnecessary testing and unneeded vaccinations unless I instruct her to do so. She always gives me options in the treatment of my pets, and lets me decided what is going to be the plan of action. I do not find her pushing me to do expensive treatments, and tends to recommend non-surgical options if surgery is avoidable. My family has been going to this vet for almost 20 years and have always had very healthy pets who live well into old age. She also dotes on my girl and legitimately loves her job. I think that is the best thing to find in a vet. :)

I think it is important to find a vet you can trust like I do mine, and sometimes that takes some shopping around. I am not saying that your vet is wrong in anyway, but I think she informed you of this problem pre-maturely and is causing you unnecessary grief and worry. Please don't worry about it too much. A 3 month old is growing at a rapid pace and it would be difficult to determine any kind of hip problems at such a young age. Maybe call you breeder and ask for vet recommendations.
 
  • Like
Reactions: miss808
1 - 10 of 10 Posts
Top