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    We got our puppy Rusty when he was 12 weeks old. we brought him to the vet because he had a problem with his right hind leg. We thought he was double jointed. Upon taking an xray the vet said he was born without one of the hip balls. Rusty runs really fast and goes up and down the steps with no problem. We don't know what to do. Should we return him. He has the sweetest temperament, doesn't bark, and sleeps most of the day. We love him and really don't want to give him up. Opinions please if any one ever had this problem. Thanks.

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    Awww, I don't have any experience with this but just wanted to say I'm sorry you're going through this. Poor little guy! You say he runs fast; what kinds of problems is he having that you noticed?

    Hopefully someone here can help you out with this! Until then, hugs to you and Rusty!

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    thank you.* The only problem he is really having is that he is a little lazy, sleeps alot.* But I'm thinking it's because he's a puppy. He does have some mucous in his stool. Other than that he fetches the ball and plays with all his toys. Vet said he'll never have a normal leg but if he's running now and going up the stairs, his muscle will only get stronger. I just don't know what to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by curly5865
    thank you.* The only problem he is really having is that he is a little lazy, sleeps alot.* But I'm thinking it's because he's a puppy.* He does have some mucous in his stool.* Other than that he fetches the ball and plays with all his toys.* Vet said he'll never have a normal leg but if he's running now and going up the stairs, his muscle will only get stronger.* I just don't know what to do.
    I'm sorry to hear of your pup's condition. I'm sure it's upsetting to you. I do have a couple of question, which might help others in assessing the situation -- How old is the puppy now? Have you taken the puppy to an Ortho vet? Have you contacted your breeder?

    While I don't have any experience w/ the hip issues, I do have loads of experience w/ mucousy poop : Hope you had your vet do a fecal on a fresh sample, as I'm guessing that's unrelated to his hip.


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    vet said he was going to speak to a surgeon as he didn't think there was any type of surgery. The breeder said he would give me my money back or a new puppy. But we fell in love with him already. I have three kids 8, 5, 4, if I switch the dog they will know. I am feeding him Iams puppy, but he weighs about 18 pounds and he is almost 5 mo. He poop was tested and came back negative. He has another vet appt. next wed and I have to bring another sample in.

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    I feel really sorry for you and your puppy! I read an article about a dog who was born without both her hip balls! It was such a sad story, the dog just had turned 3 years when the family had to put her down... :'( :'( But your dog might have better odds because he just miss his one of his hipballs? I really hope you can help this guy! Have you spoken to the vet about operation???...or maybe he just needs some kind of painkillers ??? What did the vet say when you X-rayed him, did he say anything about treatment?
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    This is just me -- but I would personally take the puppy to an Ortho Vet. Someone who specializes in orthopaedic issues can certainly tell you what you can expect from your puppy, how it will effect his long term mobility, if there is a surgery that can be performed, etc. I would not leave this in the hands of a (regular) vet and rely on his passing along second-hand info. Sometimes you gotta take the bull by the horns! But that's just me ...

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    I think that the breeder should be made aware of this problem and refund your money even if you you keep the pup cause they should be forced to think long and hard about any further breeding.

    Then, our Rhodesian was hit by a car in the hip (this is how he got into rescue) and he was never treated properly until after we got him. He runs and he plays and he is over three. We just have to make sure he does not over do it or his hip will be tender.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roccolya
    they should be forced to think long and hard about any further breeding.
    Why? Sometimes *stuff* just happens and its nobody's fault. We are dealing with genes and living beings and sometimes, no matter how careful a breeder is (and I don't know if this breeder was careful or not) things just happen. There isn't a breeder alive who hasn't bred some type of problem. Anyone who says they haven't is either a newbie or is lying.




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    I also agree that you should take your pup to an ortho vet. A general practice vet usually does not know enough to deal with orthopaedic issues (I have a dog with elbow dysplasia and have learned the difference between a specialist and a generalist). Since it's only one leg, I think your dog will be able to live a long and happy life; dogs do great even if they are forced to use only 3 legs.

    Also, I totally agree with what Labby said. When you're dealing with genetics, it's just a matter of time before the probabilities stack up against you. So, don't unequivocally accuse your breeder of being irresponsible in this regard. It's nice that your breeder is trying to work with you. Our breeder offered us a replacement puppy, too, but we were also in love with Scotty by the time we found out that he had ED. So, we just decided to deal with it as best as we could, and I don't regret it.

    Keep us posted on what the ortho says about your pup.

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