stiff legged walk

by Dolores
(Vidor,Texas)

Our 5 month old female gp seems to have trouble with her joints after she naps. Her gate is straight legged and she is heavy footed . Other than that she is so lovable and sweet.Going to have her fixed next month anything I should know beforehand? Could this be she is having growing pains?She weights 50 pounds.

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Sep 25, 2016
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Stiff legged
by: Donna

Talk to your breeder. They will be happy to advise you.

They may advise you to take her to the vet for a thorough checkup.

One would have to see your pup to be able to better tell you what is going on. One cannot assess a pup via text.

You might want to wait another year before spaying her. It will give her body a better chance to grow properly. Just ensure she doesn't come in contact with any intact males, of course. Males can find a female in heat from miles away and will get to her anyway he can.

Sep 27, 2016
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by: Ed A from NJ

That is great advice Donna just gave you. All puppies grow at there own rate and many grow in very aukward ways. Seeing your vet should always be your first move. Holding off on spaying whioe you wait for her joints and muscles to developed is helpful but it gives you a big responcablitie to be very careful not to let her breed, not only for the fact we don't want to,add to the over population issue but a young baby still developing herself could be further hurt by carring a litter on already stressed undeveloped joints.it also only follows mounting would not be,good for her. Your job will be a little harder but when you vet past this difacult time your girl will stand the best chance for a long healthy life. Good luck.

Sep 28, 2016
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Missed one thing
by: Etd A from NJ

Regardless of the outcome with her stiff leg issue spaying a giant bread dog at 6 months of age is a huge mistake. At 6 months old she still has platelets not even joints yet. I implore you to get on the internet, call your breeder and do more research. Spaying that early will do more harm then good. It most certainly can lead to hip and join issues, incontance,and certain kinds of cancer. You want to live up to the rrspocablity of ownership and be,sure to keep her clear of male dogs to avoid unwanted pregnacy (not only to avoid puppied but it would be very bad for a puppy of her age to carry to term as her body is not mature enough for motherhood ether). Even breeders know better then to first heat breed. Be very careful with your baby. If you want her to live a long happy life whT you do now will affect her quality of life later. Don't take my word or any one person. Research is required here.

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