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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-28-2009, 10:34 PM Thread Starter
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Age and chondrodysplasia

At what age can you breathe a sigh of relief that your dog has normal leg development?

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Are you concerned about Mojo's leg developement? I mean, I noticed you also started a thread about when the growth plates close. I hope everything is ok?

If you are concerned you can ask your vet or even with soaping the legs and standing him for photos there are people here who can give you opinions on whether they look normal or you need to see a vet for more info.
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When the growth plates close but if there's a trauma it can bow one or both legs. I don't think that has anything to do with CD though.

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No, 19 month old Mojo's legs look as normal as can be. I just wondered when I could relax about the subject. Mojo's parents have straight legs, I just worry about a number of things I probably shouldn't worry about because I've never had a pure-bred dog before. And as I understand it, there are several other health problems that go along as a sort of syndrome, if a dog has CD.

With mutts, there's nothing that you know in advance is a breed-related health problem, so you have no foresight as to what might happen. Thus, nothing to worry about, until something happens, or doesn't, as generally holds true with mutts.

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If his legs look normal, as the saying goes, don't borrow worries. I think you have a much higher rate of concern in regard to his patellas if you allow him to jump off of things than you have to worry about CD. In my opinion, there is too much unknown about CD and too much speculation out there anyway.
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Thank you. Fortunately my girlfriend who has had Cotons warned me about jumping even before I got Mojo, so he hasn't been allowed to get anywhere he could jump off of. Or I should say, I put him down off the sofa or our bed, I don't allow him to jump off, even though he would.

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In reference to patella problems: Can they jump off of couches and beds after the growth plates have closed? Like, say, after they are a year old, can they then jump without too many concerns of problems?
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No, 19 month old Mojo's legs look as normal as can be. I just wondered when I could relax about the subject. Mojo's parents have straight legs, I just worry about a number of things I probably shouldn't worry about because I've never had a pure-bred dog before. And as I understand it, there are several other health problems that go along as a sort of syndrome, if a dog has CD.
I'm glad to hear his legs look normal, you had me thinking you were worried about something. At 19 mos., I wouldn't be overly worried about, because he should be done growing.

It's sorta hard to know what's fact and what is only supposition about CD in Havanese because there's information being put out there that hasn't been proven (at least to my understanding).
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Oops, he's 19 WEEKS old, not months.

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Oops, he's 19 WEEKS old, not months.
oh! I do that too! At 19 weeks, as long as he is looking good try not to worry. Keep on eye on him as I'm sure you already do. When you bathe him, you can see his figure best, so make a mental note as he grows and if anything seems odd or out of place talk to your vet and/or your breeder.

Even though you can greatly increase your odds of avoiding problems with careful breeding, genetics can still be tricky~ sometimes things just pop up. That seems to be true of purebred dogs or mutts.
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