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We just got a new doodle puppy (14 wks) and he seems to have trouble getting up from a laying position. He does get up, but, struggles. He also will not go up steps. He can do the deck steps, which he has learned to do in the past week to go potty. This morning, it was really hard for him to stand up to get out of his crate. Took him to the vet the day after we got him when we noticed his issues. Vet did a exam and said she didn't see or feel anything that would indicate he had issues, but thinks he is lazy and he is awkward right now. Kind of reminds me of a baby dear. He has the "lazy sit" and is also very very mellow. Love the mellow part. He walks fine, romps around the backyard, like an awkward puppy. He doesn't cry or indicate he is in any pain. Seems like his muscles aren't strong enough to get his legs up. Any suggestions or help? Supposidly, mom and dad and grandparents were hip certified.
 
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Erin,
Trust your instincts. You are with her the greatest amount of time. If your puppy has not been neutered yet, I would request a hip x-ray when he is under the anesthesia. The best x-rays are when the dog is sedated. In the meantime,
-do not let him do any unnecessary steps
- lift him in and out of the car, if possible or use a board as a ramp for him
-Sam's Club now carries dog beds that are using the orthopedic memory foam as their filling. These keep the joints warm and give good support. Of course, you would have to watch him closely so he does not chew it at this age.
-The best surgical option (triple pelvic osteotomy) works best if you do it while they are still puppies and growing, so it is best to get a diagnosis early.
If the x-rays shows good hips, then you can celebrate and stop worrying. To me the expense is worth it.
Oh, and Mom, Dad and Grandparents being hip certified is definitely a good thing, but unfortunately it is not a 100% guarantee against hip dysplasia. Genetics are complicated to understand, but a bad gene can pop up from anywhere way back in the family tree, it is just not as likely to do so. It sounds like the breeder has tried to do things properly, so if you do get bad news, hopefully the breeder will offer you support.
PS: I am unsure how long you have had him, but if you are not too attached yet, maybe the breeder would trade puppies? I am only suggesting this if you have had the puppy for a very, very short time. I know how much we love our babies :D .
Please let us know how things progress.
 

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Well, I think Linda's said it all....good luck. I hope everything goes ok.

Give the puppy a hug for me ;)

Lauren
 

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Great info, Linda!
I agree 100%...and I think that I'd try a different vet, just to be sure.
My dogs did have "growing pains" and I worried about their hips...but the two that seemed to hurt the most ended up with excellent hip scores!
These dogs grow very quickly (which can cause problems so you have to be careful to limit their growth by feeding a good diet) and that quick growth can actually hurt!
So, don't worry too much, but do get a second opinion and, if possible, find a PennHip specialist (or OFA specialist) to take a look...
 

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go to a different vet... trust your instincts.

I have lazy sit dogs - you should have seen my trainer try to get my one mini poodle to sit correctly, it was NOT happening!! But as far as having difficulty getting up. I can't even think of a reason that would be normal.
Was he a rescue or can you call the breeder to see if any of the other puppy moms are reporting anything similar or to see if either of his parents get up that way? Just another thought for you.

by the way, the mellowness you describe while it is very inherent in many labradoodles overall, do watch for it to wear off some as your pup gets acclimated to your home, after all he is a puppy!! Just a friendly warning! :)
 
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