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Early Signs of Chondrodysplasia?

My puppy Riley is almost 9 months old. For the past several months, I've noticed a very subtle limp while we're on walks. The instant after I notice it, it's gone. Riley is able to run, jump, and go on long walks, but I'm very concerned that something is "off." What are the earliest symptoms of chondrodysplasia? Is this something I should be concerned about and evaluate further? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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You need to soap down your puppy and look at the front legs. You can take pictures to post so that we can check for you. It could be a variety of things so don't jump to conclusions. If it is not the front legs, it could be patellas or it may be as simple as a strain to a tendon.


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My puppy Riley is almost 9 months old. For the past several months, I've noticed a very subtle limp while we're on walks. The instant after I notice it, it's gone. Riley is able to run, jump, and go on long walks, but I'm very concerned that something is "off." What are the earliest symptoms of chondrodysplasia? Is this something I should be concerned about and evaluate further? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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A limp really should be checked out by a vet. Most dogs with CD don't limp but the ones that are severly deformed might. There are many breeds that are bred to be Chondyplastic like Corgi's, Bassets and other's never limp.
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I got Riley wet and did my best to get her standing straight but it was difficult. In 1 of the pictures, one leg is in front of the other so they may look a little funny because of poor positioning. And I just had to include one of her adorable little face!
As I said in the original post, it is a VERY subtle limp that resolves before I can examine it further. Riley always seems happy and comfortable, and shows no signs of fatigue or stress while walking.
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My puppy Riley is almost 9 months old. For the past several months, I've noticed a very subtle limp while we're on walks. The instant after I notice it, it's gone. Riley is able to run, jump, and go on long walks, but I'm very concerned that something is "off." What are the earliest symptoms of chondrodysplasia? Is this something I should be concerned about and evaluate further? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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Do you see the limping in the front or the back? Have you checked the paws?

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Both legs look like they are slightly curved. The second picture looks worse than the first and that may be positioning. It's not even close to the point where I would say they would be causing pain. Run your hands firmly down each front leg. If that doesn't hurt then I would look somewhere else for the limp.
BTW... She is absolutely adorable!


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She definitely didn't have pain when I rubbed her legs. I'm bringing her to the vet today for a checkup and will have him check her paws. I agree that her legs look a little curved. Is this just how she's built? Or is this something more?
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We know that it is genetic. She probably won't have any issues with it. I bought a puppy for show that ended up with legs just like hers. I ended up having to neuter and place him. He is now a happy three year old with no problems at all. I wouldn't worry yourself about it. Some dogs have CD so bad that they end up needing surgery because it causes them to be in a lot of pain. That is why I had you run your hands down her legs to make sure she was okay. Just like Kathy said, some breeds are made that way and don't have major issues.


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We just got back from the vet and got some unnerving news. He said that her hind legs have luxating patellas. On a scale of 6, he said hers were a 2 or 3. He also noticed the curvature of her front legs. He suggested that we sedate her for an X-ray to further evaluate and determine the need for surgery. He said that although she is not in pain right now, she could develop earlier arthritis and discomfort when she's older. The other option (if we decide not to go through with the X-ray) is to give her supplements (glucosomine) and make sure she doesn't gain too much weight (which would put pressure on her legs). I am having a rough time deciding if it's worth it to put her under anesthesia for an X-ray since she's a happy and comfortable puppy right now. Has anyone had anything similar happen? Any opinions would be appreciated.
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First thing I would do is contact your breeder and get some advice from him/her. (and also to let them know they are producing puppies with possible issues)

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