Fear of Hip Problems in 4 Month Old Lab

by SM
(Deridder, LA, USA)

My four month old labrador, male has an odd distance between hip bones to tail, almost an elongated distance. Is this a sign of hip problems?

Editor Comments Hip Problems in a Young Lab

Hip abnormalities in young Labradors can have a significant impact on their overall health and well-being.

Some signs of hip abnormalities to watch out for include:

- Difficulty rising or standing up after lying down or sitting
- Stiffness or limping, especially after exercise or activity
- Decreased activity or reluctance to play or go for walks
- Pain or discomfort when touched on or around the hips
- Weakness or atrophy (wasting away) of the hind legs
- Difficulty climbing stairs or jumping up onto furniture
- "Bunny hopping" gait where both hind legs move together instead of alternating.

If you notice any of these signs in your Labrador, it's important to take him to a veterinarian for a thorough examination. Early detection and intervention can help manage or improve hip abnormalities, so it's best to seek veterinary care as soon as possible.

Your veterinarian can assess your dog's anatomy and mobility, as well as perform imaging studies such as X-rays to determine if there are any hip abnormalities or issues that may be contributing to the unusual distance between the hip bones and tail. They can also recommend any necessary treatment or management options.

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