|Barked: Wed Apr 11, '12 6:05am PST |
|Doesn't matter how good a parents hips are, HD is still always a possibility in every single dog for a myriad of reasons. Obviously the testing is a huge help but it isn't just an affliction that comes on for genetic reasons. Previous injury, diet, exercising too much or too hard before maturity, not exercising enough so that the muscles end up atrophied and unable to properly support the bones etc etc. etc. can all cause it.
That said, as previous poster mentioned, there are also a lot of other reasons a dog might be showing pain in that area...back problems, pinched nerves, injury (did you check the feet for foreign objects or for any sore spots up through the thigh?).
A vet check is always best if you cannot find an obvious cause for any physical changes your dog begins to exhibit
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