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Hips and Knees
Hip Dysplasia in Shibas
Hi, all - definitely turning into the worried dad here!
I definitely don't think I have anything to worry about here (there is no history of this in Sabi's family), but when he sits he tends to do it on the side of his hip rather than with both feet planted firmly on the ground. Anything to worry about? (I, personally, think it's just a puppy thing and am correcting it by only rewarding him with the clicker and treats when he sits "properly") Thanks!
Post edited by sunyata at 2012-08-09 10:27:59
Sitting on the hip instead of on both feet, is just a lazy way of sitting. Dogs tend to sit like that in preparation to laying down. In obedience, sitting on both feet is the proper way to sit, but they will accept sitting on the hip if the dog does have hip or joint issues.
If you really feel that he may have something wrong with his hips or joints, take him to the vet and get their opinion on the matter. You may even want to eventually get his hips x-rayed to get a good look at his bones and see if there is something wrong with them.
Watch how your Shiba runs. If there is "bunny hopping" with the back rear feet and if movement doesn't seem really fluid, then take your Shiba in for an X-ray. Sukoshi has hip dysplasia. It was diagnosed early on because someone at the dog park noticed that she seemed to "limp" when she ran. I had my brother (who raises Shibas) look at her after this comment and he agreed that her gait was off. So I took her to the vet and had Xrays done. Yep, she had hip dysplasia!
He doesn't bunny hop when he runs, persay, but on the carpet in my apartment he tears ass in a motion I would describe as "scooting" - outside on his walks, though, he gallops normally. Hrmm...
There are others on the forum here that might also be able to provide you some insight but take note of how Sabi gets up too. If Sabi favors his front legs when he tries to get up, then he might be adjusting to try and accommodate hip dysplasia.
Ahhh...found it on the search. Pam and Tim did a great job documenting her trials and tribulations with her Puppy Mill Rescue, Roxy.
Post edited by CrimsonO2 at 2010-02-13 02:06:51
did sabi's breeder do any health testing on the parents? How old is Sabi?
He's only three and a half months - and no worries with the parents - just being overly protective
First vet visit in Asahikawa this Saturday - wish me luck!
i would let the vet know your concerns so they can check the pup.
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