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Our new puppy was born without a tail and has what appears

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to be hip dysplasia. She...
Our new puppy was born without a tail and has what appears to be hip dysplasia. She keeps up with her brother but runs like a jackrabbit. Her rear legs don't allow her to sit normally.. what possible solutions or problems may arise?
Submitted: 10 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 10 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 10 months ago

Have any x-rays been taken of her spine and hips?

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Customer reply replied 10 months ago
Not yet. We picked up Ralph and Trixie before Christmas. They were born 10-31-2016
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Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 10 months ago

That is going to be the most important diagnostic in determining what is wrong with Trixie's gait. If she does have hip dysplasia, chances are she will need to have joint supplements and NSAIDs over the course of her life. The lack of tail may be a sign that she has a congenital abnormality with one or more parts of her body, so a close examination would be very wise given the way that she runs.

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Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 10 months ago

As far as the short term, no, I think she will likely do fine as a puppy. As she grows problems may become more obvious. The gait she has may indicate more concerns than just hip dysplasia. For example, there's a congenital abnormality in puppies where the head of the femur (ball) does not fit into the hip (socket) because it never developed. We can see a similar gait in those puppies. The only way to know for sure what exists will be to have x-rays performed to see the condition of the bones involved.

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Customer reply replied 10 months ago
Thanks
Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 10 months ago

Sure thing. If I can help further just let me know.

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