Lately my 5 1/2 month old Dobe has been exhibiting stiffness in her back end. I am concerned that this may be early warning of hip dysplasia although I'm hoping it is a minor injury due to rough play. I will have to get an x ray. Has anyone had experience with hip dysplasia and treatments? What is the prognosis with her at this young age?
It shows that Dobermans rank 115 on Hip Dysplasia statistics, meaning 114 other breeds of dogs had a worse incidence of hip dysplasia.
If the dog is only 5 1/2 months old, you should be covered by the health guarantee that you got when you bought the dog. Check back with the breeder. Were the sire and dam of your puppy OFA'd good or better?
Jetta, it's fairly unusual for a dog as young as yours to be dysplastic, and in a breed not prone to it, I sincerely doubt it. Do the sypmptoms occur after particularly high level of activity, because that's usually how it starts. Usually you can see changes in the way the dog walks, may favour one leg over the other. I doubt that your dog has it, so good luck with him.
The symptoms for hip dysplasia also are similar to a slipped disk.So the x-rays are a good idea, the hips and spine can both easily be done at the same time. 5 and half months does seem early, and it does sound kind of sudden.It could also be a cruciate pull from rough play. It could be as simple as some meds for swelling, lets hope.Let us know. Susanne
***Edited By: sue on 1/14/2008 11:22:52 PM*** Reason: asdfasd
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I breed Dobermans, and at 5 1/2 months, overly rough play and jumping should be discouraged...Dobermans, Danes and Mastiffs,all large,slow maturing breeds get a condition called panosteitis, or in people, growing pains. They gimp around and are sore, but usually this travels form joint to joint, doesn't tend to stay in one spot. Please let him rest a bit, and get a vet to check him out, this is not normal for a young Dobe to be this sore, and let's keep all fours on the ground til he's fully mature at about 2 years of age...those joints take a long time to grow.Although some Dobes do get hip displasia, as previously stated, it's not too common in Dobes. And at 5 months of age, I put my puppies on a regular dog food, as opposed to puppy food diet, lower in protein, no more than 26% is sufficient for a Dobie pup