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Good Morning and welcome! I am Dr. Loretta, a licensed veterinarian and I am happy to answer your question.
I am sorry that you have been blamed for Gucci's problem. Hips dysplasia is arthritis in her hips that has been present for quite some time. Most often, this is genetic and not common in this breed but possible. The things that you did may have aggravated this arthritis but there was no way for you to know that Gucci had this problem. This was not your fault because this condition was already present and this limping could have shown at home when Gucci jumped on something or just moved the wrong way.
I find it odd that you are blamed for this....if anything, this incident allowed the owner to find out that Gucci was suffering from this and because of this, they were able to treat Gucci and ease her discomfort. Please do not blame yourself...this condition was present and you did not know.Does that make sense to you?
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That is crazy to blame you since the condition has probably been present for years. Anything that is done during the grooming will not harm any normal dog that does not have a preexisting condition. The fact that you had no idea that Gucci was suffering form this and have some how aggravated this already present condition would only be your fault if you knew that Gucci had this condition. Tell the vet that you did not know so there was no way for you to be able to know to be more cautious. You were not at fault for this condition....it was already there and I can bet that the owners had already known in some way since Gucci probably did have intermittent lameness that cleared so they did not follow through. The vet should empathize with you and help smooth this over.
Good luck tomorrow...perhaps print this exchange out and take this with you. Please let me know what happens. If this were my dog, I would NEVER blame you.....this was already present and not CAUSED by you....the woners should be happy that this was found early so they can ease Gucci's suffering.