When my 6 month old English Bulldog walks his hips pop. There is no noise coming from them but if you put your hands on his hips while he walks you can feel them popping. He is very active and they don't seem to bother him at all. He likes to play and go for short walks. He never seems to be in any pain whatsoever. Do you think it could lead to hip dysplasia or am I being paranoid? Can it be attributed to his rapid growth and he will eventually not have a problem? I need some suggestions.
are you going to have him neuitered ? only reason i ask is that if you are you could have the vet pop an xray while he is under anesthesia and just have his hips checked now to see what they look like.
If there's anything at all wrong with his hips, he can't be bred anyhow. They say that it's best to fix them very early (although I'm not totally sure why) so, maybe you should just go ahead and get him all checked out for sure.
6 months is not to young to neuter. I had my bulldog's knees and hips checked out before I bred her. I would have him checked at the vet if I were you. You would hate to wait to long if something is wrong. http://www.dogster.com/?60730
***Edited By: halle on 5/16/2005 9:59:53 PM*** Reason: forgot something
Thanks for the info guys. I am really worried. What is the worst case scenario if he does in fact have hip dysplasia. Will he be able to lead a normal life? What can be done to help him? (surgery?, medication?) Any info is appreciated.
It depends on the problem and the severity of the problem but of course there are different types of treatment for hip problems from supplements all the way down to surgery. Before you let yourself get too worried, go find out what is really going on. They might tell you that the bones continue to grow and that they can't find out anything for sure until your dog is at least a year old. Then they can run xrays and see everything that is going on in there. It's not a life threatening illness though. If he has hip displasia, then you have a lot of learning ahead of you about how to manage that, but, I bet you're going to find out your dog is okay. Good luck.