Hip Dysplasia

Hip Dysplasia

MyGermanShepherd Health ManualHip Dysplasia (Hip Deformity, HD) is a progressive inherited defect describing the condition that there is a mutation existing in the genetic code that over time leads to an abnormal formation of the hip in every dog that has this mutation.

The abnormal formation of the hip causes looseness in the joints and cartilage damage, which then further leads to a disorder, Arthritis. It can make movements for your dog much tougher and painful too.

Of all the hereditary defects of German Shepherds, the most common probably still is Hip Dysplasia. However, on a global basis, meanwhile less than 1 in 5 dogs is affected.

Hip Dysplasia is painful for your dog, and it's frustrating for yourself too. It can become apparent in adult dogs of any age, even as young as two years.

This progressive defect is orthopaedic in nature and the end stage is even painful to see. Having a dog suffering Hip Dysplasia is not pleasant at all!

Who Suffers Hip Dysplasia

As Hip Dysplasia is hereditary, it primarily runs in certain breeds, most predominantly the German Shepherd Dog.

This recessive genetic defect passes down through a specific lineage of dogs. If you have two loose hip dogs mate with each other, the result is a Hip Dysplasia stricken puppy.

Of course, not all dogs with this genetic defect immediately suffer from it and show symptoms. So even if a puppy's parents have been X-rayed and determined healthy, it can be hard to determine if your new puppy has Hip Dysplasia.

Although an X-ray can determine the degree of Hip Dysplasia, it is not wise to subject a puppy to an X-ray, and worse, just for this purpose: To determine Hip Dysplasia the X-ray requires general anesthesia because the test is extremely painful. Therefore, if at all then this X-ray should be done while the puppy is anesthetized for neutering or spaying.

We did exactly this with my new puppy Miguel, and we only did it because the hospital head vet suspected Hip Dysplasia, and in such case surgery is only successful if done before age 7 months.

There are various lifestyle, environmental, and dietary triggers for Hip Dysplasia, foremost excessive proteins, vitamins and minerals in "fortified food", as is common with industrial dog "food".

Items and substances that are designed to make puppies grow faster or larger also have been shown to trigger Hip Dysplasia.

Further, jumping - during play and excitement, or worse, at the wish of an owner who doesn't know of the danger of jumping for this breed.

Finally, insufficient support of the skeletal development - again triggered by the hypocritically "complete" but in fact toxic industrial dog "food", and then annihilation of the bodily repair mechanism through administration of steroids, as is so often done.

With age, Obesity and Arthritis often become further triggers.

Warning Signs

The early indicators of Hip Dysplasia are:

  • the puppy or adult dog sits with an indicative angle of the back legs (which quality vets can identify, and indeed our hospital head vet demonstrated with my new puppy)
  • later, difficulty in standing or moving
  • drop in energy levels
  • lameness in the dog's back legs
  • not wanting to use stairs, especially when going up
  • rarely wanting to stand up on the back legs, nor jumping up on anything
  • hopping with the back legs when walking
  • signs of soreness when lying down, especially after exercise.

Preventing Hip Dysplasia

Foremost, act responsibly, never pay a breeder for a dog with Hip Dysplasia, whether professional breeder or backyard breeder! By paying them, effectively you reward the breeder for not taking interest in eliminating Hip Dysplasia altogether!

With a rescue dog it's different, and only with a rescue dog, because the adoption fee that you pay to a rescue center is not rewarding the breeder of the dog, but sharing the cost of running the rescue center, such that the innocent dogs can find a real home.

Thus if you really want to get a dog from a breeder, have the dog HD certified before you even consider to pay! At the very least, agree in a written contract that the breeder will have to pay you 10 times the amount if the dog is later found to have HD.

Now most breeders will walk away, and that's great! It sorts out the junk among dog breeders: the breeders who aren't sure that their dogs are HD-free, because the breeders didn't bother to check both parents before their breeding venture!

Thus again, act responsibly and the dog world will improve.

Treating Hip Dysplasia

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If you notice any of the early warning signs listed above, regardless of age, make it easy for the dog from now on: In particular no jumping at all for a dog with suspected HD.

Frequent light exercise, eg plain terrain hikes and swimming. Exercise to strengthen the muscles and tendons, without overstrain.

Give your dog only REAL food, natural foods. No industrial dog "food", which actually is toxic waste from rendering plants. Because food naturally has such dramatic impact on health that you can easily delay and reduce the impact of hereditary defects like Hip Dysplasia!

Next, make sure your dog is always well hydrated. This too delays and reduces the impact of HD. Hence why "dry food" really is the worst, even if you were to make homemade dry food. Conversely, natural foods have a naturally high water content.

Other than the above, the attempts to treat Hip Dysplasia vary depending on the severity of the ailment. The more conservative non-invasive treatments include:

Nutramax Dasuquin with MSM is a clinically researched, freely available joint health supplement with a well over a decade long track record. Vets frequently prescribe it to improve the dog's mobility in cases of Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia, and Arthritis. It may also help with Panosteitis, Hind Leg Weakness, and Lumbosacral Stenosis.

Nutramax Dasuquin with MSM has only positive reviews from virtually every dog owner who tried it - which alone makes it an impressive remedy. Miguel was on it too, until Amazon stopped shipping it to Portugal where we were at the time.

Since then Miguel has been on Yumove, and still is until this runs out. Originally I had planned to stop it once he would stop growing, but now with his hip injury (from a jump!) I am glad he's still getting his daily two Yumove.

Now he visibly has no pain and walks normal again (often, not always!), but I do see from how he sits that he still avoids putting weight on his left hip. Obviously no jumping at all now! Despite that he still begs me to play his favorite game with him (Tail teaser), I won't!

Other HD treatments aim to salvage the degenerating hips before they get too worn out by the defect. For example the Bottoms-up Leash, the Walkabout Rear Harness, or the Walkin Lift Harness.

If the defect has grown to become severe, many ordinary vets will recommend surgery although HD surgery of an adult dog cannot be successful as it would have been before age 7 months (see before). And surgery at a late stage of Hip Dysplasia will at best relieve some pain through a better alignment of the joint, but it cannot undo all the damage that has been done by the defect over the years.

The best way to approach HD treatment is to visit a canine chiropractor or other mobility-specialist to assess the degree of impairment through HD, and then to identify the right supportive measures.

In the final stages of Hip Dysplasia (other than putting the dog to sleep) there may be no other option than to provide the dog with the best dog wheelchair. If the front legs and elbows are still strong, the fully adjustable and therefore resalable standard Walkin' Wheels will allow the dog to run around with the hind legs in the wheelchair, like thousands of dogs around the world are comfortably doing.

However, if the dog's front legs are weak too, then the only chance (other than putting the dog to sleep) is to make the investment in a customized quad cart that can support all four legs. You will need to consider this carefully though! Not only because of the cost, but because having to use a quad cart puts a lot of stress on the dog.




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    I got a GSD from they shelter when he was 7 weeks old, he also had a brother with him. After a few weeks I started noticing something off about his back legs. I have three siberian huskies and thought maybe they are just different. I think of GSD's as low riders, haha. He will be one on 8/6/13. When I took him to the vet for shots and check ups I ask the vet about it. He said it was all in my head, just being a nervous Mom. Well, a few time he has had what seems to be minor leg spasms. He just had one while jumping on the bed, he does not cry or anything just kind of licks at it and after a few minutes he will come too me. Do you thinks it is hip dysplasia? Thanks


      If it's the back legs only, it's unlikely to be Panosteitis, despite age indication. Does he have fever?

      Given the age it started, it's unlikely to be Posterior Paralysis, although this often is transitory like you describe.
      Same reason for Epilepsy. - But is he restless and pacing before it, and disoriented after it?

      His age also is contraindication for Hip Dysplasia - also you say he's not in pain, right?
      If it's anything growth-related, it should stop soon now.

      Based on your limited info, I am puzzled. Good would be to see it...
      I would visit another vet, get a full blood profile, and have him exercise-tested.

      Let me know the outcome!


    my gsd female sits readily after some exercise is it normal? may be two minutes after chasing ball. she is 14 months old.


    is hip dyslasia very painfull? and how can you tell how much pain hes in? ive been giving him baby asparin twice a day and have him on glycosamin?


      Hi Jenny, I wouldn't put him on standard glycosamin, I would only put them on what I advised above. Makes a HUGE difference, that's why it costs a bit more.

      Do NOT give him pain killers every day, not good! Instead do all the above to adapt his life. How old is he?


    My GSD SDit who will be 5 months old on the 29th has something wrong with his rear left leg or hip. Last night he kept picking it up while we were training and kicking it like it was bothering him. Today he was playing with my friends doberman in the yard and started crying in agony and couldn't move his leg. It scared me and I started to call my vet which was on vacation. I didn't know what to do but he slowly calmed down and stood up and slowly started to put more weight on it. He is walking almost normal but if I start trying to touch his leg and check the range of motion he won't let me and he bites my hand but not hard. I hope he doesn't have hip dysphasia and he shouldn't for the amount of money I paid for him. What should I do? Can I give him some pain medicine? What should I give him until he can go to the vet tomm?


      Aaron, does he have fever as well? Did the pain START at the rear leg/hip?
      If yes, then no, it hopefully is "just" Panosteitis. In this case, all you can do is give good dog pain killer (which you probably don't have at home if you are not a member here and thus haven't prepared our recommended first-aid kit...!).
      If no, then yes, it likely is more severe/long-lasting!
      The pain is contraindication for Paralysis. However, his age is contraindication for Hip Dysplasia!
      Then it could be an allergic reaction to tick bites or mites, although I doubt it in your case.
      Even if one vet is on holiday, I would just have your dog seen by another vet! Why not? Time may be of the essence.
      Pl do get back here to report what his diagnosis was, okay? I may then have more input.
      If you doubt one vet's diagnosis, get a second opinion in any case.


        My dog is 6 months old now and has severe early onset hip dysplasia. It is possible. Like Aaron I spent a lot of money on her and her parents are checked and I have her lineage but it still happened. Looking at options now. I don't have the money for a total hip replacement and do not know how her life would be afterwards. My seller has a contract of course and he would replace her with a new puppy of equal value but I do not want to give her up or have him put her down. :( My only option may be to put her down if it is already this severe. I noticed because she does frog sitting, yelps when pushed over by the husky, yelps when she slides on the hard wood, and she limps her left hind leg and the vet said the left leg is almost completely out of the socket and that arthritis will kick in any day now.


        Alexis, you may share the x-ray if you like. I read petmd as well, and I ignore them, because they can't even get the basics right, so why would I care what allopathic vets say?
        If you don't mind sharing what treatment your vet recommended or prescribed I can tell you what kind of vet you have. There are huge differences indeed.

        The symptoms you mention can have a variety of causes, none of which would be HD.

        "I spent a lot of money on her and her parents are checked" - Then for sure it isn't HD. It may be:

        • a birth defect (happens to dogs too!)
        • (accidental) bad handling when still at the breeder
        • injury

        "My seller has a contract of course and he would replace her with a new puppy of equal value" - :roll: What's the "value" of a dog or person I grew attached to?

        Hence why in many places I have written what kind of contract dog owners should make with a breeder. One such place I remember is here. That is the only kind of contract that helps all three: breeder, dog owner, dog.


    Hello i have a 5 year old german GSD recently she started to slow down in activity and is very slow getting up we took her to the vet twice they told us she had a fever and gave us pills and now its 2 months later and she still low in energy and not as playful as she use to be she shows signs of still waiting to play but doesnt even run full speed anymore


      Steve, you posted your comment under Hip Dysplasia. Is it safe to assume that you suspect she has it? But the vet didn't diagnose it, right?
      - the fever may have come from tick bite, which CAN lead to long-term lameness (from a disease)
      - how does her stool look?
      - how's her appetite?
      5 years unfortunately is the age where often (not always) Hip Dysplasia sets in.
      If the vet hasn't diagnosed ANYTHING since the fever, then I would try a package of Nutramax with MSM and see how she does with it. A bit pricey, but WAY better than all alternatives I know of!

      Let me know how it goes, okay?


    You asked how the stool looked in Steve C's case.... Can you give a run down of what to look for, as far as the stool is concerned? also, the water bowl he drinks has algae and mold-looking things all over it.... would that do anything to slow my old guy down? thanks.


      No I can't as stool looks have nothing to do with Hip Dysplasia - where we are here. Wrong question placement ruins our site's structure, which - search engine-wise alone - is very bad, sorry, sure you understand.
      Re/ the state of the water bowl: Why??


    I have a 1year old black GSD Male, who suddenly started limping on his right hind leg, seemed to have difficulty standing up etc, it started after i started running him, about 3km every night in week three the pain started.
    I took him to the vet and they said it looked as though it was Panosteitis, he was put on a week course of anti-inflammatory tablets and it became better, i rested him in that period, i have since continued to run him, up to 8km at a time (walk run) he seems fine, this has been for a month and a bit now, tonight i saw him dragging his back leg on the ground in a stretching manner
    The only way to know for sure if its dysplacia is Xrays?


      It is not Dysplasia, he's too young for any symptoms to show. I too thought it is Panosteitis, but reading on I realize you may push him too much for his age. Further, we've said often: Don't push your GSD to the limit every day, provide a rest day after heavy exercise.
      An 8km run (probably you on the bicycle) I'd consider heavy exercise.


    I have a 10 months old GSD. He once slipped from the stairs ( 2 3 stairs only). Had very severe pain in one of his rear legs. I took him to the vet and he said its nothing just pain from being hit and gave some pain killers. Then after 2 3 days he started behaving normal except that he found it difficult to stand up often dragging his rear legs. Soon that difficulty became less and less. And everything was going ok, when one day he tried to run(he was running fine before this incident) and had pain on his leg n limped. I took him to vet next day and did an xx ray. The doctor said he has dislepsia. The doctor prescribed a medicine know "Pet Joint" ( I m from India) and to stop all physical activities of him. He has been on this for 15 days and atleast doesn't have any pain now. But I want to get him rid of this. How is it possible?


      Is not possible Saransh, sorry. I am frank, is better for you.
      I assume your doc meant your German Shepherd has Hip Dysplasia (he x-rayed him).
      In such case, sadly, you can be very lucky/happy to have been prescribed something that seems to work well for your dog ("Pet Joint"). I'd be very interested to get a bit more detail from you WHAT exact remedy it is (ingredients)?
      We usually recommend Nutramax Dasuquin with MSM in such cases because we know how well it works. Your's sounds like it could be a cheaper generic? Hence I am very interested.

      HOWEVER, Hip Dysplasia is unlikely to be the cause of your dog's CURRENT pain (he's too young for symptoms to show). I strongly suggest you see another vet for his opinion because I suspect that your dog's fall (down the stairs) has had some yet undiagnosed impact!

      The sooner you address the cause (rather than just the symptom, the pain), the better for your dog. It could be anything: ligament rupture, torn muscle, dislocated joint, inner bleeding that caused infection, etc. See a local vet please. Then let me know, about the medicine too?


    Dear sir/mam
    I have two GSD puppies and they are almost 4 months old. One of my dog both back legs are weak and cant walk like a normal dog. She also cant walk with her paws. And her weight is abt 6 kgs. Is she suffering from HD. Please tell me the cure for her


    Sir I have a ten months old gsd.. his back legs starts paining suddenly from last months I show many vets but 1 of them told that it's hips dysplasia... So I wnat to ask would my dog ll coverr it?? Or he would.remain lyk dis for his life.. and one of them was saying apply anabolic steroids on him so should I do???? Plss do reply as soon as possible


      Lovenish, DON'T apply anabolic steroids, that is terrible advice from that person. Also, like I wrote earlier, with a dog of 10m not even x-ray can reliably diagnose hip dysplasia. Did the vet x-ray at all?

      Also note that a pup that is lurking and limping does not necessarily have any pain at all (eg Posterior Paresis). What makes you believe that your GSD is in pain?

      3) When the limping(?) started, was there anything going on, any incidence that may have caused it?

      4) "from last month" - so, for a week? Has it deteriorated? Is it permanent? Does the pup eat? Drink a lot? Spring in his step or lethargic? What do you feed? etc etc

      It is impossible to assess a dog based on the bit of info you provided, surely you'll understand that.


    Sir It's pain only as it started in august only as I was taking him park daily from his 3 months of age only but from 15aug I stopped his park as I was out of station but when I continue his park so his pain start.. nothing else hapned smtym he slips also while bathing not that much issue It's permanent from last to.last month.. he springs one of his leg.. little lethargic as when someone comes at home he never get attentive he eats well no over drinking in morning I give him Brown bread and milk with (petatb and megaflex) and in evening chapati and boil eggs. Can you please help me out of this I m.getting frustrated while watching him like dis... If possible give me ur id u ll send u his walking video.. and pics...


      I don't understand a word you're saying. And I have already given you loads of ideas to think about, I would do just that.
      Besides, pl understand that we are extremely busy with helping our members - which you aren't.
      But one more point: I suggest you immediately stop feeding your dog that 100% human food. Given that, possibly all is down to his diet alone.
      I am now actually wondering if your message is serious or spammer fun - which we are getting more than enough already.


    I have a 2 year old male GSD that has had hip surgery and is now pain free and very active. My question, a friend has a female that has not shown any hip problems. Is it safe to breed them?


      OMG, why would you? We are trying to rid GSDs of hip dysplasia, not to perpetuate the issue.
      No, I wouldn't breed them. Of course not.

      You asked me, so pl accept my answer, even though you don't like it


    I have a 5 month old male GSD he is fine in all aspect except he cannot go up and down stairs. When he was young he could go up stairs he has never been able to go down stairs. The part of not going up steps as gotten worse in the last 2 weeks. He walks and runs just fine and plays with the other two GSD that we own. He is not sore to the touch he stands on his back two legs when he is baby gated in the kitchen and he is not over weight. He is current on all shots.


    We rescued a female GSD when she was 8 months old ... she will be 5 years old in August, 2014. She has always had an amazing ball/toy drive, insatiable in her desire to play. Last Wednesday my husband took her and her miscellaneous toys & chuckers our to play with my grandson. Everything seemed normal, he brought her back to the house. He left the house for a couple of hours and when he returned she did not greet him at the door, she was in our spare bedroom laying on the bed. He could not get her to get down ... which is how she acts if she has gotten into something she shouldn't have but he couldn't find any evidence of mischief. Since that day she will not jump up on our bed or the sofa and while she will walk around with a ball in her mouth once in a while, the drive is gone. He took her out to play and she would but she whimpered when she brought the ball back. It appears to be her right hip which she will not lie on. My daughter even brought over Sadie's (GSD) best friend, her black, Miley. Miley has tried to coax her to play and she will start to but she will go lay down. We did not see any injury and this was a VERY sudden onset. Is this how dysplasia presents itself? Thanks.


      Huuh, first I was worried you'd continue the story with sth else. Glad nothing happened with the grandson! Do NOT leave your dog alone with the child, I have extensively explained in our Periodicals why.

      Now on to HD: Obviously, without seeing the dog, I can't make a diagnosis. But I can say this:
      - 5 years of age: typical for onset of Hip Dysplasia
      - Sudden onset: Yes, sometimes. It's not always coming slowly
      - Apparently you have not yet been to the vet. I suggest you do that immediately because the sooner you treat the dog right, the better his life quality will be - whether or not it is HD!
      - Have you seen the chapter on HD in the MYGERMANSHEPHERD Health Manual (updated)?
      - Please do not push the dog to anything now. Remember, Play must be FUN, and if it isn't, don't push the dog.
      - Please get back to me with the vet's diagnosis, and we will see from there what we should do for your dog.


    I have a 3 year old shepherd mix, ruby, who i picked up from the shelter when she was aged 2 months. Lately when we take her on walks she will have a limp in her back leg for a day or so. This last time she has been limping her back right leg for a week now. Ive examined it multiple times and it seems fine. She didnt fall or anything during the walk. I think im going to take her to the vet this tuesday but it sounds like this might be the issue.


    I have a 105 pound shepard....Possibly an anatolian shepard....He is about 5 years old....About 6 months ago while playing he yelped and walked around very gingerly for some time....

    He did get better.....then a while later,same thing....Out of nowhere,simply playing or running,all is fine....Then wham!! He yelps and immidietley sits down.

    Things have been good for 6 months or so and then about 4 days ago,same thing....He was x rayed sometime ago the first time he did this I took him to the vet....His hip bone that went into the socket was not perfectly round and I was told he would have problems...

    It sucks!! We all get old and eventually we all wear out 100 percent of the time...

    Since the first time I have been giving him glucosimine and chondroitin but not full time.I will be keeping him on it full time now...

    Sad part is just trying to keep the little guy from playing and running at his normal 110 percent!!

    Also I have cut his 4 cups a day of dog food down to 3 as weight loss will help,I dont over feed him and keep him very active as his size is not overweight,just his breed size...

    So hopefully I can continue the glucosimine and chondroitin for his joints,help him lose some weight and try to keep his activity down to a low roar...

    Dont be to sad about your dog,just be glad your dog is loved and has an owner that cares about them!!!

    Its not the end of the world!Cheer up:)


      Sorry to hear of your dog's joint problems Jawn. The thing is, there actually is a SO MUCH better remedy than the standard Glucosamine and Chondroitin remedies that we have countless members who wouldn't give their dog anything else since they tried it. Only problem: It costs much more too. With joint problems the old adage really rings true: Quality has its price.

      I do mention this miracle remedy above (and in all my books), not because it costs a lot but because I am thrilled by its effectiveness myself: Nutramax Dasuquin with MSM. I cannot fully explain medically (and maybe no one can) why its effectiveness is above and beyond any other remedy, but fact is that countless dogs even at advanced stage of HD, ED, and Arthritis have regained their mobility once this was administered for a few weeks. Like I say: miracle supplement. Thinking of it, I can't recall any other supplement or indeed drug that I'd give that title.

      Mobility for dogs like all the Shepherd breeds (Anatolian, German, Belgian etc) is so important that I always suggest: Try one bottle (3 months) and if you're thrilled you'll stick with it, and if not, you know you've at least tried the best. Personally I just can't live with the thought I haven't even tried.


    Hi I have a 17 week old GSD I had bought him when he was 8 weeks old, and I took him to the vet got him wormed...ect but I can't keep wait on him, he eats like a cow but his ribs still show, and a couple of weeks ago he started limping on his back left leg and when he sits he puts all his weight to his right leg. Everyone is telling me it's hip dysplasia and to get rid of him because it will be thousands to treat it. But I can not do that, he is apart of our family. I just thought he is to young to have that sort of problem?


    I apologize if this is not the place to ask a question. I have a 7 month old German Shepherd mix whose gait I do not understand. She is very active and built like most German shepherds with lowish back end. I am concerned that when she wakes from a nap it seems difficult for her to rise and walk. Occasionally her back right or back left leg looks like it buckles but this is infrequent. The stiffness looks likeIt dissipates rather quickly but the appearance of stiffness is there. Is this normal for a puppy of her age?


    Thank you but I guess I'm completely wrong because my dog looks much more like the 1954 German Shepherd and maybe even more upright with her back legs. I guess I just wonder if puppies should be stiff after waking up after an hour or if its something I should worry about. She plays hard, she sleeps hard and doesn't seem to be lame ever, just achy when she wakes up from a solid nap. She is a rescue shepherd mix whose blood line I do not know but it is evident by her tail face and sleek body that she has a German Shepherd mostly running through her veins. I too share the word about breeders and genetic alteration and find it appalling


      You shouldn't worry, no. If "she sleeps hard" doesn't mean to say "on hard floors only" then the only problem I can think of that meets your description is joint pain from growing fast (I think you said you had the puppy).

      You CAN (but not need to) give a quality joint remedy tablet a day (My New Puppy got three a day) until age 1yr MAX. Because these puppies grow SO FAST that NO commercial food supports this growth, nutrition-wise. (If you click the link you will be delighted, not only price-wise but also content-wise: It also has a lot great info on the topic of your interest/this page, Hip Dysplasia)

      My New Puppy got (of course) nutritious homemade food only, and yet I gave him the Yumove as the hospital vet had advised (is cheaper outside USA, in USA Nutramax Dasuquin with MSM is cheaper). And indeed, before the Yumove he couldn't even stand while I cleaned his paws (among other problems), you can see it all LIVE in videos My New Puppyhere), but a few weeks on Yumove and since then he is fine.

      He still gets them until the box is empty.


    Wonderful. Thank you for the wonderful information you've provided. Keep fighting the good fight! I will look into all of your suggestions and post an update


    Hi, I have a 3 year old female gsd who over the last couple months seems to not want to jump up on anything and now has trouble getting up from a laying down position on the hardwood floor. It's like she wants to get up but her back legs don't want to work. That being said we can go out on a long walk and play fetch for a while and she wont display any signs of her hips or legs hurting. I really notice the signs when she wakes up or gets up after a rest. She doesn't whine or display any signs of discomfort even when I intentionally put pressure on her hips and legs. She's 90 lbs BTW in case that helps anyone who was wondering. Has anyone else experienced the same thing? And what should I do about it? I'm considering going to get xrays soon


      No x-rays. Your symptoms description strongly suggests the present mobility problem is triggered (not caused) by lack of nutrition to support the joints during times of rest (when there's much reduced blood flow). I bet you feed kibble?

      There are only two things that will truly help, and long-term (and without forking out a LOT of money to the wrong vets): see Adult Dog Health.


    my gsd is 5 year old. last night my dog start running for other street dog. while running he has pain in rear legs and sit on the ground. after that it is very hard for him to sit or stand. i think he has pain in his hip. he tried to jump on stair but due to excessive pain he cant do. now he sit on floor but cant stand. he tries a lot but there no power in his hip. Please advice me what can i do. Is it Hip Dysplasia or paralysis ????


    hi there. I have a 7 month old GSD. he has been limping on his right side front paw and a little bit from the back leg. We took him to the vet this past Saturday and he got 1 week on nsaid's for the pain. The vet told us that even though not related to his current condition, our puppy most likely has hip dysplasia because he has poor muscle in his back legs. he said we should bring him in next week for x-rays to confirm and that if he does he could have surgery by 10 months. Now, isn't this too young? Also my dog loves running, jumping after his ball and jumping onto US, the couches etc. chasing the cat and runs really fast too. has no problem getting up. can he really have HD if he does all these things without trouble???


      Shelly, firstly get him off the NSAIDs immediately, and I would avoid that very vet. As is typical for average(!) allopathic(!) vets, your vet has right away started to RUIN your poor pup's immune system (NSAIDs too ruin the immune system, all explained in detail in the Dog Expert Interview Series with Reviews, here Interview & Review 4 - all much cheaper than just one vet visit, just as a sidenote).

      Secondly, what a coincidence, my puppy called Miguel just went through that "Hip Dysplasia?" money maker last year (it is a money maker for vets indeed). All pros and cons, result discussion, cheaper alternatives etc are comprehensively shown in My New Puppy Diary, if you are interested.

      Lastly, "poor muscle in the back legs" is normal for a 7 months old puppy, this does NOT indicate HD!
      As I said, I would change that vet in a flash...


    Thank You very much for your input Mr.Tim. I usually take him to Banfield pet hospital (where no one has mentioned anything about his hips) but for some reason it was closed this past Saturday and I decided to take him to this vet who is in a "low cost clinic" also I forgot to mention my pup is 62 lbs is that too much and could that in future damage his hips?
    now that the topic of HD has been brought up I want to do everything I can to try to "prevent it"


      Shelly pl check the pages I linked in my reply, I cannot recall sensible weights for each lifestage, that's why I document such details in writing.
      But I do remember that for years I've been criticizing on pretty much every public page here the foolishness of buying into routine vaccinations, antibiotics, steroids and/or NSAIDs: ALL of these do only harm, and I have in detail explained WHY.


    Hi Cheryl here, we have a Shepherd/chow mix we rescued and he was diagnosed very early with hip dysplasia and it has gotten worse over very time we have done everything we can afford. he lays down to ea, can barely get up and down, keeps one leg up with no weight on it. He slides himself across the floor instead of walking and whines alot cant get comfortable to lay down. Eyes are dilated alot and he barks and growls for no reason except pain I'm afraid. We have to make a family decision and would like to hear what u think. Feeling sad


      Cheryl, sadly there's nothing I could do, your situation is as hard as you write, and you'll have to make the decision that you feel is the best for your dog under these circumstances.

      If he was my dog and I see him suffering so much, I trust I'd show the strength to establish a few signs of "this is too much for him", and then when I see two or three of these signs on two or three consecutive days, I'd go ahead and give him peace. That's how I'd try to proceed anyways. With HD at such progressed state there's nothing you can do to reverse it, sorry to say.


    Please help! I have a 6 month old GSD, highly bred, pink papers from GS federation, parents A+ hips etc, who developed sudden urine incontinence and dragging of his left leg. I immediately took him to our local vet, who has phoned me to say he has "hip laxity" and that his long term prognosis is poor. This still does not explain his incontinence adequately for me. Should I give him a stat dose of Decasone and take him for a second opinion, or just the second opinion (can only get there late this afternoon, as we 2 hours away from another vet)


    Dwayne here and I'm concerned with the health of my purebred black German Shepherd. We live fairly active lifestyles and spend roughly an hour playing at the dogpark Mon-Sat. We have been on this schedule for a few months and Boosie, my boy, is going on 2 (21 mo).
    Monday we completed our normal schedule then returned home. Nothing was out of sorts. We ate went potty lounged around and did hw then finally went to bed. Around 2.a.m I heard his loud yelp and he situated himself on my bed directly in front of me. It was dark and I couldn't see what was wrong so I tried to get him up. He was very hesitant. Finally we managed to get off the bed with a final cry.
    My first thought was to take him outside. He walked without limping to the front door. Unfortunately we live downstairs so to get outside we must climb. He was unable/unwilling. We returned to my room and I tried to pet him. Then I found out the pain was coming from his hind area.
    I instantly thought of the vet but due to the hour that wasn't an immediate option. Then I recalled HD.
    Aware of the financial costs and the improper diagnoses I want to cover my bases. He is AKC certified and I planned on having him checked for HD at the age of 2. My vet states that if he requires x-rays these pictures will not be allowed to be resubmitted for certification. We are now 2 days removed from the initial event and his conditions seem to be improving.
    Assuming his conditions continue to improve for the next week, and of course with a restricted activity level, am I wrong for going through with the procedure? Sorry for the long read, if you can't tell I'm only slightly concerned. Hope to hear feedback soon.


      I am "only slightly" in trouble myself, lol, but who would care. I found free WiFi here for a moment (hurray!) and so luckily I can immediately advise on your "slight concern" Dwayne:

      • checking for HD at age 2ys makes no sense: "if a puppy has Hip Dysplasia, surgery must be done before age 8 months to be effective"
      • "to x-ray the hips, the dog must be generally anesthetized (extreme positioning of the hips, he would be in too much pain)"
      • just to x-ray the hips general anesthetics are not warranted
      • we have an animal hospital head vet video helpful in terms of a first "free DIY indication" whether a dog might later be affected by Hip Dysplasia - without needlessly subjecting the dog to an x-ray, and also without the cost of an ill-advised surgery! In words: look at how your dog sits (this DIY you can do regardless of dog age)
      • your own symptom description does not indicate Hip Dysplasia, rather temporary pain for another reason.

      (most copied out from My New Puppy Diary section HD, because you don't need that anymore at age 2ys)

      What do you know of his parents??
      Your GSD has the same age as our Miguel! May his health improve like Miguel's did :-)


        Thanks for replying so quickly.
        I want to say that AKC will only provide a permanent rating for a GSD at the age of two but I'm sure you know better than I do. His parents were both cleared and he was never suspected of having HD at any other stage in his puppy-hood (if thats a thing).

        Resting seems to be helping him greatly and as I was hoping I think he might have simply strained a muscle lazily navigating through my room (getting on and off my bed) during the night. He's trying to return to his hyper self but I am going to continue to hold him back for at least a week. During the day he can climb (and jump around against my will) no problem but in the morning he's still hesitant to go up the stairs.

        Based on your response and my understanding of HD I think it's safe to say this was a scare instead of a reality. I am grateful for this thread but at the same time I wish it did not exist and HD was little more than a myth.
        Again thank you for all your help and I'm glad Miguel healed up as well.


        Yes, your second set of symptom description reaffirms my former conclusion that he has not HD, thanks.

        Note that an AKC rating, and any other for that matter, is entirely irrelevant for dog health: When you want a dog to be healthy you do not consider time-schedules etc of others, not even their suggested "tests" or treatments (and prescriptions!), before you found the CAUSE of the suspected defect, disease, or disorder. That's at least how I work.


    I have a 10 year, 9 month old German Shepherd. She just started limping on one rear leg on Thursday. By Friday morning it was both rear legs. She had no issues before 3 days ago. No limping, no tenderness in her legs, no nothing. I plan to take her to the vet tomorrow to get looked at. Can hip dysplasia really present that soon?


    I have a GSD puppy that is roughly 4-5months old.
    When he was super young(8-12 weeks) he was running and walking perfectly (or at least that's what I think).
    About a month ago he started walking kind of lame, and it slowly became what it is today, where it looks like his back legs are weak. Some things that I mean by weak:
    Refuses to run sometimes, and doesn't want to run more than a couple of seconds.
    Walks kinda limpy in his back legs(it's like the legs almost hit each other while walking because he walks that way)
    If for example he sleeps and then wakes up all tired and gets up, he can sometimes only use one back leg for a minute or two. As if one leg is still sleepy, or maybe too painful to walk on?
    Some things to keep in mind:
    He grew fast, extremely fast. (7.5kg in 1 month), although he is not fat at all. Some may say too thin.
    Took him to the vet, which said it might have something to do with him growing, where he needs to strengthen his back legs and he might be suffering from growing pain (or "growth pain", English is not my native language)
    At the age of about 2-3 months a plastic table fell on him. Now, it didn't really fall on him, more like slightly hit him and he quickly got away, he yelled from stress but didn't show any signs of pain afterwards, so I don't think that it is the cause for his back legs weakness.

    What do you think? HP? normal growth pain that will pass over time with short walks and smart diets?
    Thank you in advance,


      Tom, the temporary hind leg immobility that you are describing resembles what my current dog Miguel showed as well at the time, indeed the whole story (incl. the table hit etc) resembles my story with him, as shown in My New Puppy Diary.

      But to answer your question: "What do you think? HP? normal growth pain that will pass over time with short walks and smart diets?"

      Yes, could be any of that, from your words not possible to determine. You could follow some or all of the approach I followed - top diet (of course!), a mobility booster a day (Yumove or Nutramax are the best in my experience), avoiding all jumping during growth(!), and even the hospital things I did, if you want - but likewise you could choose to just "sit it out" (wait until end of growth), although I personally wouldn't take that risk, I always "want to know", be sure it's good.

      And no, he didn't "grow extremely fast", it's normal, it's extreme with a GSD.
      Sorry that I can't say more based on your words only, I haven't seen your pup, and you haven't seen mine. Making guesses wouldn't reflect me here.

      But make sure that you don't fall in the same trap Gabby fell in, like I just now dissected here.


        Thank you. Do you advise still taking him for walks even in days where he has a hard time walking?


        Oh, and at what age did Miguel get his strenght on his back legs and the immobility stopped?
        By the way, how old is he now?
        Thank you again.


        I can't remember such details Tom, hence why I documented everything for everyone to see. I wanted this LIVE documentary because all puppy books on the market on training and health and care describe what the author thought (s)he remembers from earlier puppy experiences and (hopefully) studies, incl. my own book (Puppy Development Guide - Puppy 101).

        When I wrote mine, I realized not only how much was forgotten but how often our memory plays tricks on us. That was when I decided that next I should get a puppy, not a rescue adult dog, and document LIVE what happens when how and why. And so that everyone can even WATCH puppy development and raising a puppy, I made it MULTIMEDIA.

        I do not know of any other puppy book on the market that is LIVE and MULTIMEDIA. And oh dear, so detailed. What an effort that was!

        Miguel's age? Today Miguel is two years old. I do remember his birthday, yes. ;-)

        I would say let your puppy decide how much he wants to walk with that condition. But GSD puppies often are boisterous, thus if you see he is in pain and yet wants to run much, I would limit him nonetheless. For example, Miguel fell badly last week when he was too frolic jumping to catch the Tail teaser (our No 1 exercise toy for him). He could barely walk afterwards and still sits awkwardly with that leg apart. Although he still WANTS to play, I don't let him. I don't even take him in the truck cabin to avoid him jumping up anywhere.

        Again, I know the CAUSE here, and in your case I would want to find out the CAUSE of his handicap too, see my earlier reply. The danger of visiting a vet/hospital is that you leave with their favorite blanket treatment, which I wrote about a thousand times here. In your case I see no risk though: the way you write suggests you are "man enough" not to fall in that trap.


    Hey, I have a 10 month old German Shepherd female, Sierra, who has recently started limping. It's her left hip. I know some people say this is too young for hip dysplasia symptoms to manifest themselves, but other places I read say it can start as early as five months. I am so worried, because my puppy is the love of my life! Her limp seems to be worse after resting - almost as if she is stiff. As strange as this may sound, we are planning to try to get her into the chiropractor today because the vet can't fit us in until tomorrow. This chiropractor actually saved my Maine Coon cat's life. My cat was limping so badly we thought we'd have to put him down, and in desperation, we got him into the chiropractor! Turns out he had some vertebrae out of line. This same doctor also adjusted my grandmother's German Shepherd - who struggled with hip dysplasia - several times. So we don't know if Sierra has hip dysplasia yet, but for those whose dogs do have it, maybe a chiropractor can help.


      Katie, a chiropractor is almost always better than a vet, where it's a mobility issue. Yes! The Chiropractor route is the right choice, thanks.

      It is not HD, no.

      Let us know additional info from the diagnosis now.


      Okay, so to follow up on my previous comment. The chiropractor couldn't get us in so we did end up going to the vet, who diagnosed my puppy Sierra with a partial tear of a cruciate ligament in her knee. We are SO thankful it wasn't her hip! That said, there is no way for us to know if she has hip dysplasia, because I guess the only way to tell is a test that can't be done until she's 2 years old. We won't be taking Sierra to the chiropractor for this injury, but we will definitely consider it if she ever has any other problems. But I am glad to know that just because some of the symptoms match up doesn't mean it's necessarily hip dysplasia! Thanks for this great forum.


    Hello. I have a GSD who is 6 years old. He had a surgery because of this "hip dysplasia". after the surgery, he was struggle to walk. But now, it became worse. Can't poop, pee, and doesn't feel his legs. "those vets" are recommended me to put him down! It's very tough for me. Do you think there is something else i can do...?


      When did he have the surgery?

      And were those the same "vets" who now recommend to put him down?


    I've a to year old GS I've had him at vet cause he was dragging his front right leg so they said a about xray and give him meds for any inflammation which I'm still continuing its been like this for 2 months now and have noticed his right back leg started and he keeps falling taking him to vets on Friday cause he not getting better but worse I'm crying everytime I watch him walking I can't even take him a walk or nothing


      If you have a good lawyer at hand, consider sueing that damn vet who "give him meds for any inflammation which I'm still continuing its been like this for 2 months now".

      Wannabe "vets" who prescribe steroids should either be shot (but that's as unethical as giving steroids) or sued (that's ethical and legal)!

      For 2 months now??? That means the "vet" has successfully DESTROYED your dog (your dog's immune system, and thus all 12 body systems, your dog)! Shocking!!!

      So what did that x-ray show?? What was your "vet's" diagnosis??
      Without you saying more, I can't say anything, sorry.


    But my heisenberg is loved dog still loves his meals been brushed can still go to toilet OK it's just his legs I'm thinking it's that disease but I'm praying it's not cause he is so young and it's cruel he is still only a pup


    Hi, just a question in relation to a specimens shape, (as to help others when choosing a new pup based on the look of the parents, other than the obvious, (going to a good registered breeder)), what would be key warning signs in the general shape of the animal, (ie for showline the back curves downward wereas working line is square). We recently went to our breeder and asked if we could mate our femail, shes on heat and is pure of show lines with great hip and elbow scores. When we went they looked at the male dog we had, (not of the same breading, we got him from a freind whom reluctantly had to give him and his sister away, (sister to another family)), they went on to say that he was not a good specimen and not good for breeding. They mentioned an arch in the wrong possition and that mid section of the back was too high.


      No, nothing like that, "ie for showline the back curves downward wereas working line is square". ANY GSD that has not been mutilated by the breeder will have a straight back.
      a) Because that's what a GSD naturally looks like.
      b) Because the GSD breed standard requires that too.
      (in this order; first comes nature, then a human "standard")

      If your dog has "back curves" then you don't have a "show dog" (the breeder lied to you), the poor dog has been mutilated, and certainly shouldn't be breeding at all!

      Now you may be thinking "but I love my dog" (that's great!) "and I want puppies from her" (that's egoistic). I am so frank because NO ONE is helped if you continue the path your breeder has started. Have the confidence to say "NO, NOT WITH ME!" and "you, you breeder are a disgrace for this race!" sth along these lines.

      I would certainly say that to that breeder. And I'd make sure that no one wants to buy a dog from her anymore.
      Do you get my point, even in case you disagree?

      EDIT: Oh, read this for education if you seek it: GSD Downfall.


    If hip dysplasia is genetic then what can be done. However if you refrain from letting your shep jump up with landing on the hip before full maturity and OR keep your female shep from breeding and having puppies before full maturity then you could avoid damage to the ball and socket of the pelvis. Full maturity happens after three years old. Sheps are so athletic and they chase everything. Understanding their development is essential to longevity with out pain. Its only common sense and anatomy.


    My GSD puppy(a month away from being 1 year old) has started limping on his right hind leg. A week ago on tuesday morning around 5am he started screaming in his crate for no reason. I took him out of his crate and saw that he has limping. It really hasnt gotten any better over the past week and I was wondering if you guys have any suggestions.
    Thank you in advance


      Yes, can I assume you didn't notice an injury, else you would have written it?
      No? So then let's go through it, without a chance for assessment of the dog:
      - Hip Dysplasia? - no, please always first read above where you ask, it says there a lot more than anyone could reply in a comment.
      - Panosteitis? - no
      - Arthritis? - no
      - Posterior Paresis/ Paralysis? - no
      - Tick disease? - likely no, but was he bitten, ever?
      - Injury? - likely, note that you may not have noticed when he strained a ligament or muscle. Unless you have more detail, this is the only explanation.

      Should you visit a vet? All others will say yes, outright. But it isn't so simple, because you almost certainly will encounter (and pay!) a vet who hasn't got a clue but much interest to blanket prescribe some steroid or NSAID for this - which is the worst one could do here.

      >> If you feel sure you have the ability to say NO, outright, to any treatment suggestion that isn't preceded by a diagnosis of the CAUSE, then pay a vet for the diagnosis of the CAUSE.

      >> If you don't feel sure you have the ability to say NO, outright, to any treatment suggestion that isn't preceded by a diagnosis of the CAUSE, then don't pay a vet to harm your dog with useless blanket prescriptions!

      Instead, what helps with most joint problems - it helped with every of our dogs and thousands of other dogs - is a food supplement with a combination of Glucosamine Sulfate, Chondroitin Sulfate, Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Tricalcium phosphate, and maybe Magnesium stearate. Examples in the USA are Yumove, or Nutramax Dasuquin with MSM, or else you may only try Yumega Oil (is from the UK).

      Report how it goes. Thanks.


    Did your pup get his claw stuck in a blanket? Could he have tried to pull and jerked his hip out? Are his hips the same on both sides? Learning about your companion requires tactile involvement, feel the hips, shoulders etc. If a ligament has been pulled, massage his hips and don't let him run until healed.


    I have a 3 year old Shepard his back legs shake when he sits not bad I never noticed it my daughter did she's a nurse he is very energetic always playing jumping fetching


    Hello. We have a 2 year old male GSD. 2 days ago he Bahan limping on his right hand leg. We thought Panorama at first bc we've airway been b to the vet for v that. However overnight it seems to be more than that. He is whining and holds it completely off the ground when standing and even when sitting, lying down. He's constantly licking at it. We've examined the best that we can...no swelking, no obvious sign of injury. Have a call in to vet ands waiting on call back. Could this be beginning of HD?


      I cannot understand all of this "shorthand"(?) as I am not the sms generation, but from what I read through the lines, no, it certainly is not HD, Patricia. Your dog clearly has pain in his right hind leg (or did you mean front leg?), and the pain likely is from an injury that you didn't notice. Maybe a strained ligament, subject to where exactly he licks (which you didn't specify).

      Do NOT allow (and pay!) for steroids or NSAIDs at the vet! That's what he's likely to prescribe if he hasn't got a clue and no interest to identify the CAUSE. And that will only do HARM - for which you even PAY. :-(


    I apologize for all the misspellings. I was typing quickly. Yes, it's his rear hind leg. He's licking the paw area and even biting at it. We've not found any noticeable injury to paw aND have a vet Appt. For tomorrow morning for x-rays etc. To determine the cause. He's definitely using it very gingerly, hopping on it if he has to bear weight. No signs of swelling or laceration
    Thank you for your response


      From what you write, there is absolutely NO NEED for an x-ray. Understand that ordinary vets LOVE to x-ray anything and everything so that YOU help rapidly amortize their equipment investment. :roll: I personally would NOT allow (and pay!!) an x-ray in this case, nor any other unnecessary case.

      Then, after the x-ray (with NO results), they will prescribe steroid/NSAID treatment - which again only makes it worse: reduces the internal inflammation, and so the pain, and your dog happily jumps around again although the ligament/tendon injury is the same as before. Now guess if that's gonna be able to improve? No, it will soon be a full rupture, obviously!

      "No signs of swelling or laceration" - exactly, like I said it likely is a strained ligament or tendon deep down. These don't show signs of swelling or laceration, nor do they show up on an x-ray!

      "He's licking the paw area and even biting at it" - "paw area" is too general, I suspect it's an injury to the deep digital flexor tendon or the medial collateral ligament, which happens easily with active dogs.

      What to do instead: Give it as much rest as possible, prevent exercise now, and for plain walks(!) a brace or rear splint, or possibly just a simple paw splint will help taking further strain from the injury. Give it one more week rest after you notice no more symptoms.


    Can you tough his pad? and between his pads? see if he has a thorn or a tic.


    My brucie turnt 9 years 2 months and recently I have noticed him standing limp on his back legs after walking down the stairs? I haven't noticed him scuffing or dragging his back legs but I am extremely worried about him.. do you think this could be hip dysphasia? I guess I'm just trying to prepare myself for what the vet could say to me when I take him down :(


      No that likely just is older age frailty if none of the HD symptoms are visible. Or joint or ligament soreness from an "injury". My Miguel is just 2ys and is limping already for three months for a similar reason. He doesn't have HD but has inured his hip during tail teaser play. :roll:


    Hello. I have a 7 year old GSD named Hank. He has always been extremely active. We live on a farm and he is never leashed or penned up so he is always on the go, and, from time to time he gets into things that are not necessarily good for him. However, he has always been a healthy dog. He is a larger shepherd, 100 pounds or so, but he is very lean, and not over weight at all.

    A couple of weeks ago he has been not as active and was showing signs of his rear left leg causing him pain. Sometimes it doesn't seem to bother him at all, then all of a sudden he yelp's and goes limping off somewhere whining. I can't see any physical injuries, I have felt and squeezed all the way up and down his leg and can't get a reaction from him which makes me think it would be a ligament or something of that nature. what do you think? and what should we do about it? thank you


      It is not HD. You are right with your assumption it is a ligament injury. Most of these run internal where you can't "press until he shows pain" or the like. He will have injured himself when out and about.

      What to do?

      Hard to say! You can try to keep him still (lol) like I tried with Miguel. His ligament injury hasn't healed up. It's been over 4 months now, so it won't heal up by itself (it's impossible to keep him still!). For me, surgery was out of the question. The hospital's and my non-invasive treatments haven't helped yet though. :-?

      At the moment I cannot name anything that will resolve the ligament issue for sure. I keep trying. Normally, when I gave him his Nutramax Dasuquin with MSM it resolved it, I can't get that here now in Europe, he gets Yumove but it hasn't helped with his strained ligament. Nor has plenty of tuna helped. Nor has the homeopathic ruta graveolens helped. Maybe all of that came too late (I only could give it two months after the injury). The only thing I am confident about: Had I been successful in keeping the dog restrained for a couple of weeks it would have healed.


    My 4months old Puppy is gettin weaker day by day .. I'm giving him best food available and tryin my best ... took him to different vets as well but that didn't help either .. don't know what else to do.. need health guidance for him


    So 2 days ago, me and my partner got told the bad news about our 4 month old German Shepard puppy! That he had hip dysplahia, we had been concerned as he wasn't interested in his food and didn't want to play and stopped from being his usual playful self! He's currently having loxicom to ease the pain! I just wanted to hear other people's stories so we know there is light at the end of the tunnel as at the moment we are very worried about him and want him to be his usual self! We want to know if your dogs have learnt to cope and become better and have lived a good quality of life!


      1. Never blindly accept a prescription. A veterinarian runs a business, you raise a dog!
      2. Get a second opinion. Different vet. Quality vet!
      3. If (IF!) HD confirmed, note that surgery must be done before age 7 months in order to be successful!
      4. Meloxicam??!!??

      Meloxicam is an NSAID! Totally useless for HD!
      And, "Meloxicam may cause life-threatening heart or circulation problems such as heart attack or stroke ... Meloxicam may also cause serious effects on the stomach or intestines, including bleeding or perforation ... these conditions can be fatal and can occur without warning while you are taking Meloxicam." ... "Meloxicam can lead to renal failure, seizures and death". (quote from Drugs.com)

      Again, seek a quality vet! Don't waste your money and your dog's life on an ordinary allopathic know-it-all - know nothing!


    My 18 week old German Shepard pup has just got xrays on her hips and the vet has said that her hips are all cluttered and cloudly as I have been told, but she hasn't shown any signs of having it.
    what can we do to stop it?


      "what can we do to stop it?"
      How about reading right above? I have laid it all out for you. :-)
      Amazing, huh?


    yea, but she hasn't shown any symptoms of hip dysplasia.
    Thanks anyway.


      Symptoms have nothing to do with it.
      "what can we do to stop it?" - Treatment, is right above.

      As for the irrelevance of symptoms, and the relevance of cause, see here.


    i have a gsd who is 12 he is a big dog and for the past year and half his back legs have got signs of failiure and he is at the moment not knowing when he needs the toilet like he only realizes he needs to go when hes going:( he is slow now and looks sad what can i do? how do i know hes had enough? do i wait till they totally go? this is devastating for me

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