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    Elbow Dysplasia

    I purchased our pup from a breeder last month. Today I noticed he was limping very bad and brought him to our vet. They did x-rays of his elbows that didn't show anything as of yet but he does have pain when moving it. He says it's very possible he has Elbow Dysplasia and we will follow up for x-rays later on. Our Vet advised me to let the breeder know that he suspects this diagnosis. I've contacted her on one occasion the 2nd day we had him and never got a response. I have now advised her of this and still haven't heard anything. This is suppose to be reputable breeder and I'm wondering if this lack of response is typical? Also does anyone have experience with this? I bought him as show quality and he was able to be Breed but the Vet advised if he is diagnosis with this he wouldn't be.

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    I have had some vets tell me some incorrect diagnoses with my own dogs over the years. The most recent was two years ago and Lars either had Osteosarcoma or arthritis which I couldn't do much about in either case according to this vet. He had a limp on his right front that came and went over the course of a couple months. I felt that it was a soft tissue injury because he would charge around the yard when he got better and then end up limping again. I went to a rehab vet and Lars did indeed have a soft tissue injury and not cancer or arthritis. After strict rest and physical therapy, the limp went away and I went back to working him in obedience. I left that vet's practice because that was the second incorrect diagnosis I had gotten from them that a specialist debunked.

    Have you tried to rest your puppy...and I mean really rest him like crate rest and only keeping him on leash when he needs to move? It could be a soft tissue injury...it could be something else. Do the parents have their elbow clearances through OFA if the breeder is reputable? Do you have a rehab vet or an orthopedic vet nearby you can take the puppy? Personally, I would be hesitant to take the word of a vet that your pup has elbow dysplasia if there's nothing on the films to support that. I think your puppy should be on strict crate rest for a couple of days to a week and see if that helps.
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    He is resting now, this just started this morning. He didn't say he def had it but that it is very possible. He said it may not show up on x rays due to him being 16 weeks old. He showed me an x-ray of a pup that had it and his x-rays didn't show anything at 5 months old but then at 11 months old it did. He said if he did have it I would be referred to an Ortho surgeon. My concern also is that the breeder isn't responding to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ma91780 View Post
    My concern also is that the breeder isn't responding to me.
    Well that seems fishy to me.
    Our dog limps sometimes when exercised to much & vets xrayed her & said arthritis in 1 front elbow probably from a pup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kevin1959 View Post
    Well that seems fishy to me.
    Our dog limps sometimes when exercised to much & vets xrayed her & said arthritis in 1 front elbow probably from a pup.
    As of this morning I still haven't had a response from breeder. I find it very strange that they wouldn't be concerned with this.

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