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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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My 7 month old mini snauser cant jump she waits to lift back

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My 7 month old mini snauser cant jump she waits for me to lift back end jumping down no problem everything else is in order
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. When such a young dog can't jump and may be having difficulty arising from a prone position, a congenital (present at birth) bony deformity should be suspected. I would carefully palpate Frieda's hind leg joints for laxity (weakness) and I would X-ray any joint exhibiting that laxity or luxation (dislocation). Hip and spinal X-rays should be part of Frieda's baseline information. Hip dysplasia and luxating patellas (kneecaps) should be on my differential diagnosis list for such a pup. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.