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Hello, I wondered if anyone could give me some guidance/advice. We recently bought a super chocolate lab pup rom Rhodenash, parents were Stormley Peter and Stormley Morag, with hip scores of 4:4 and 4:3 respectively. I have noticed over the last week a notible "clicking" coming from his rear-end, I am not yet sure which leg, back, foot etc it is coming from but when I lie him down and rotate his legs I can't hear it at all. I am obviously paranoid as most Lab owners are of HD but I wondered if anyone else had experienced this before? It sounds like the sort of noise my ankle makes when I get up in the morning for a few strides :p
 

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Hi Michael

It may just be growing clicks/pains, make sure that you don't over exercise and don't let dog spend too much time on slippy floors, ensure that you don't overfeed and are feeding the puppy food and not adult.

Don't want to panic you but we could always hear clicking in Molly's hips and she has now got HD and may be facing a hip replacement op, but when we went to the vets with Mol when she was pup they said that they wouldn't be able to tell if HD until their hips are fully formed anyway.

It's the time when they are growing/forming that you need to do everything that you can to ensure that you don't jeopdise them, better to be over cautious now.

If worrying take to vet to check - just to be on the safe side.

Jill
 

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Thanks for the response Jill! I think the problem we may have is rediculous wooden flooring throughout the downstairs of our house and I also can't be sure where the clicking is coming from, it appears to be his rear end but is also not consistent.

We feed him Arden Grange which the breeder recommended the Graduate edition which he seems perfect on otherwise and he get 360grams per day for his almost 10kgs in weight.

Best of luck with Molly, I am sure she will be fine in the end!

Michael
 

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Hi Michael,
If you have wooden flooring it may be worth putting a few rugs down (although laminate is more slippery) just as a precaution. Clicking can be associated with HD, but is could me many other things too, or it could be nothing. He’s still very young and growing rapidly. The palpation techniques that vets sometimes use are very specific (rather than just rotation) and there are varying opinions as to how useful they are. As Jill says, the main thing is to be cautious now, and take him to the vet if you are still worried. You sound like you’re doing all the right things – there are some other threads here on the do’s and don’ts. You may also want to consider giving a glucosamine & chondroitin supplement. Whilst it has not been proven that it can prevent the disease, it has found to help cartilage growth and lessen cartilage damage.
HTH
 

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Hi Michael,

We've noticed something similar in our 7 month old choc lab 'Ella'. We too have laminate/wooden flooring but have noticed it only seems to happen when she's climbing up onto the couch, or changing position on the couch. It seems to be coming from the front but we can't distinguish whether it's her shoulders or her knees. She's growing pretty quickly at the moment so we're not sure whether it's a normal 'growing' thing or not.

I hope things work out for Molly Jill!!!

Karrie x
 

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Karrie,

Thanks for the response!

Did you bother with a vets visit for her, or are you waiting until she is a little older?

Cheers

Michael
 

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We have only noticed it the past week, I've been looking online & the main
advice I've seen has been
1/ keep the weight down
2/ try to stop them from jumping (easier said than done)
3/ don't let them off the lead so you can control the amount of excercise they have.
4/look out for any lameness...reluctance to stand up from a sitting/lying position, trouble getting upstairs etc.

She doesn't seem to be in any pain but we've decided to take her to the vets on Friday so he can hopefully put our minds at rest.
I'll let you know what he says.

This is the first site where I've seen a mention of wooden/laminate floors
so I'll check with the vet to see if he's heard of anything similar.

Karrie x
 

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Hi All

I'm just a couple of months ahead of you in the lab development, took Molly to vets yesterday for a check up (I will post full details on 'Molly problem' thread so that you can read full saga!).

My vet yesterday said that he had seem 5 dogs in the last month with HD problems and had to be referred to specialist. He said that all of them had been active/well exercised dogs - so I think he was inferring that over exercise is the main cause.

Both my husband and I have both said that if we ever get another lab we will keep it on the lead until they're about a year (hard I know when you've got a active bouncy pup).

I've since spoken to a breeder of bull mastiffs who live just down the road, and he says that he doesn't let his off the lead until they're 4 years old. I'v also spoken to a breeder of Irish Wolfhounds who says that they don't start their training for coursing until their 6 as they are not allowed to run properly until then.

Wooden floors don't help and since Molly's trauma we have had to put rugs and matts down over ours, Molly is now really cautious on slippery surfaces, vet said that this will happen as they don't like being out of control if hip hurting in anyway.

Jill
 
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