limping puppy

by kam
(madrid)

hey i have a 6 month old male puppy.

he always plays with my neighbours 8 month old husky (always under our watch) and today afternoon out of no where he starts limping and its getting worse. he limps on his front and back paws although he didn't get hurt as he is always with me.

my question is can the develop knee and hip dysplasia at this age ? and do you think i should take him to the vet?

it looks to me like it's his back leg but when he jumped down the last 2 stairs he cried so it might be his front and i am very worried.

thank you for your time and this wonderful website.






Hi Kam
Rottweiler puppies are big, and have a tendency to be clumsy... and it's not unusual for them to knock into things, or fall/roll over et!

If your pup has been 'playing rough' with another dog (again, not unusual), the it's possible that he's sprained something or hurt himself. Generally these are minor issues that resolve within a few hours, occasionally maybe taking a day or two for symptoms to fully disappear.

However, if he is in pain or still limping after a couple of days then you need to have your vet check him out. Rotties do have a tendency to tear the ligaments in their rear legs (cruciate ligaments) quite easily, and it's possible that your pup has hurt himself in this way. I would personally doubt that it's hip dysplasia as symptoms don't normally show up suddenly, or in the way you describe... but only a vet can say for sure.

If you're still worried and he's still limping, get your vet to check him out. That way you'll know if anything needs to be done. Best of luck, hope he's doing much better soon.

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Aug 07, 2012
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!@ kyrrah NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi there, you have asked your question in the wrong spot for Sue to answer.Either way the advice would be the same.I think your best taking it to see the vet if it has been more than 3-4 days.Hope your baby gets better soon.Keep them from jumping till they are at least 1 1/2-2 yrs old..Limit play and make sure they stay down and playgood luck..

Aug 07, 2012
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rott leg NEW
by: kyrrah

hi my name is angle and i have a rott pup and she jump of the bed and it her pal on the door hurt her leg she crys when when she hurts it it hard for her to walk plz help i don't know what to do

Jun 28, 2011
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Hi!
by: Anonymous

If your puppy is still in pain after a few days, rather have him checked out by the vet. My rottie also hurt his leg when he was a puppy and it did not seem serious at the time, he recovered from it quite quickly. Later in life he developed arthritis in the joint because of the injury.

A good guideline is not to let your puppy jump higher than shoulder height. That is difficult I know, they are so active.

Good luck!

Jun 28, 2011
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still limping :'(
by: Anonymous

hey, he is sadly still limping after 3 days, so tomorrow i will take him to my vet to check him out and i will let you guys know what happens with him i hope it is nothing seriuos

Jun 27, 2011
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Limping puppy
by: Martha

Hi, Sorry to hear about your pup. My Rottie will be 2 next month, and she just had TTA surgery on her rear knee for a partially torn cruciate ligament. It was very expensive, but she's so young that I decided to do it. The vet usually keeps the dogs for 2 weeks to keep them very quiet, but when we visited her today he said we can bring her home early :-) We have to be super diligent about limiting her activity, though. Hopefully it's just a sprain, but definitely get him checked out - I was surprised this type of injury can happen in such young dogs. Good luck!

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Same here
by: Judy (Angel)

My female will be 6 months in a few days.She had the exact same play and symptoms.Looked to me like her right rear and the became obvious it was left front so I understand how it's difficult to pinpoint.We've given her rest for the last week and it does seem to be improving.Please give us an update to your situation as to how things go.Good luck and I hope it's nothing but a puppy play strain..

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