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Hi guys,

I’m pretty worried about my 9 month old pup and I’m just wondering if anyone has experienced anything similar. He’s always had an awkward gait and tends to swing his hips when he walks slowly, but then a few months ago he started to trip himself up on his front legs when running or turning sharply and would go down on his front/face. Sometimes he will trip even when walking/on his leash and may fall on his front. I initially thought he’s a growing puppy he’s just a bit clumsy but I started to become more concerned as time went on. He also has a tendency to shake on his front legs when just sitting or will also let his paw bend underneath him when crouching down to sniff something etc (so he kind of leans on his knee)
So I brought him to the vet 6 weeks ago and they thought it may be shoulder/elbow and hip dysplasia. I was so worried that this would be the case but he had full X-rays done and all the different joint movement tests and got the all clear.
However, the tripping and falling on his front has continued even as I’ve been somewhat limiting his exercise and time off his leash. It just looks horrible when you see your dog running around having a great time and then he trips and slides down on his face. He never shows signs of pain.. but will occasionally limp briefly after a bad fall. Even when I leash him to give him a break after a fall he is usually desperate to be free and running around again.
So I brought him to the vet again as I just felt something was definitely not right and his gait just didn’t look normal. I showed them videos of him falling on walks and they seemed pretty concerned that it could be a wrist issue (that causes him to trip) and that he’s not putting the right amount of pressure on his carpal joints. There is also quite a lot of wear on his two inside toe nails on his front feet while the outsides are all long. Otherwise they suggested it could be a neurological issue. Anyway they have referred me to a specialist and we are going next week. From all the internet searches I’ve done I’m really worried it’s wobblers - but really hoping it’s something less serious. He’s such a great and happy dog and I just can’t stop worrying about him.
If anyone has ever had a similar experience it’d be great to hear from you.
Thanks guys.
 

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I haven't (I would've guessed dysplasia too). But, I hope it's something treatable and the specialist can shed some light.
Keep us updated. I'm be crossing my fingers for you guys.
 

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A lot of the symptoms sound like stuff I've seen Vader do up to now but not to the same extent at all by the sounds of it (bending his paw underneath, tremble in front legs when sitting, skidding on his face when running at speed). All just seemed to be puppy growing stuff with us though.

Hope you get good news and he gets better, let us know how you get on
 

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A lot of the symptoms sound like stuff I've seen Vader do up to now but not to the same extent at all by the sounds of it (bending his paw underneath, tremble in front legs when sitting, skidding on his face when running at speed). All just seemed to be puppy growing stuff with us though.

Hope you get good news and he gets better, let us know how you get on
A lot of the symptoms sound like stuff I've seen Vader do up to now but not to the same extent at all by the sounds of it (bending his paw underneath, tremble in front legs when sitting, skidding on his face when running at speed). All just seemed to be puppy growing stuff with us though.

Hope you get good news and he gets better, let us know how you get on
Thanks for the reply! How old is Vader now? That’s reassuring that you’ve experienced some of the same things - when walking slowly would Vader’s hips sway at all? When Bilbo trots or runs his hips look fine but when walking slowly the sway a lot. As I said we’ve had hip dysplasia ruled out for now so I’m just really hoping it’s not wobblers.
 

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I'm so sorry to hear about your pup. Rottweilers do sway when they walk...it's a natural gait. The falling down, is not normal and I would be worried about something neurological. Wobblers is not common in Rottweilers, more common in Dobermans and usually affects older dogs...not puppies. Let us know what the other vet says.
 

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Thanks for the reply! How old is Vader now? That’s reassuring that you’ve experienced some of the same things - when walking slowly would Vader’s hips sway at all? When Bilbo trots or runs his hips look fine but when walking slowly the sway a lot. As I said we’ve had hip dysplasia ruled out for now so I’m just really hoping it’s not wobblers.
He's 6 months old now, still see a wee tremble in his leg(s) when sitting sometimes but not really much of the rest. Vader has hurt his back right leg a little (muscle, nothing serious) but generally it's hard to tell if it's bothering him or just his normal walk!
 

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I'm so sorry to hear about your pup. Rottweilers do sway when they walk...it's a natural gait. The falling down, is not normal and I would be worried about something neurological. Wobblers is not common in Rottweilers, more common in Dobermans and usually affects older dogs...not puppies. Let us know what the other vet says.
I'm so sorry to hear about your pup. Rottweilers do sway when they walk...it's a natural gait. The falling down, is not normal and I would be worried about something neurological. Wobblers is not common in Rottweilers, more common in Dobermans and usually affects older dogs...not puppies. Let us know what the other vet says.
Thanks for your reply. I’ve been driving myself crazy looking stuff up on the internet. His hips definitely sway a lot more unnaturally than I’ve seen looking at other Rotties...it’s only when he walks slowly though. I’ll let you know what the vet says.
 
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