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GSD humpy back

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by nannybear, Apr 10, 2008.


  1. nannybear

    nannybear PetForums Newbie

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    My four month gsd Tess has a humpy back, is this a problem? Her parents
    had very good scores. Her dad was 0-0 and mom was 2-2. Read somewhere
    that it could be hip problems. She's to young to get x-rayed. Has anyone
    else had this problem. Shes a pretty healthy girl otherwise, I am keeping
    her within the recommended weight.
    Thanks
     
  2. AJ

    AJ Guest

    Humpy back? :confused:
     
  3. nannybear

    nannybear PetForums Newbie

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    Sorry should have been a bit more specific. Her back is hunched up. Looks
    like she has a hump on her back.
     
  4. Eolabeo

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    is it in the bottom or middle of her back???
    have u got a pic of it??? give others an idea wat to go by??
     
  5. AJ

    AJ Guest

    innit, not got a clue here! :)
     
  6. nannybear

    nannybear PetForums Newbie

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    Sorry haven't got a picture, but its on her lower back, just above her hips.
     
  7. tashi

    tashi PetForums VIP

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    Is this where the 'hump is on your puppy

    germanic1.jpg

    germanic.jpg


    if so it is more likely that you have a germanic 'type' pup we now have two distinct types in the show ring - did you see the mum?

    This is the type that I favour

    true.jpg
     
  8. nannybear

    nannybear PetForums Newbie

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    Thanks for answering, I have photos of the mum and dad and they both are like your pictures. I think I would have prefered a gsd like yours. Do you think they have less problems with hips disp if they aren't so low in the back?
    Still dearly love my little girl, would hate to think she might have hip problem
    later in life. Even tho her parents had very good hip scores that doesn't
    mean she will be guaranteed good hips would this be right?
    Thanks for taking the time to answer.
     
  9. Eolabeo

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    Hi, are u sure its not crossed wiv a camel???? ;)

    jokin aside i hope its nothing serious, keep us updated.
     
  10. andrea 35

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    If oyur worried about hip problems and have to hold on till she is older befor you get her x rayed you could always start her on Glucosamine tablets we give our labs 1000 mgs a day on the advice of our vet as Daisy has a dodgy elbow and it has helped this will help strenghten the bones generally and the joints . Does she lay down properly with no sign of pain , does she lay with her legs splayed out behind her like a squashed frog , does she dislike you touching her back .
     
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  11. tashi

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    I dont think the 'humpy' back is going to cause any difference to the hip score that is the spine that is curved not where it enters the hip socket if the parents are looking like the ones in the top photos then they are moderate I will look see if I can find some really germanic ones - we refer to them as 'banana backs' but think about what you said in your first post as well if the parents do resemble the ones that I posted first and they have good hip scores you could be worrying over nothing!!!

    Just do what you are doing now keeping the right weight try to avoid her jumping in and out of cars dont let her go upstairs and dont over-exercise I keep mine fairly lean as pups so as not to put too much pressure on the hips.

    BTW I dont have gsd's but have a friend that does breed the type that you have and they dont have hip problems hth it is my personal preference for the 'english' type!
     
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    puppy.jpg

    four month old gsd

    Is she looking like this ???
     
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