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Old 10-06-2006, 09:26 AM
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Hi what degree is the poor dogs hip displacia? 1st, 2nd, 3rd or crippling? Have you discussed the situation with your breeder? What is your guarantee's? This is a classic form of improper breeding for a dog that young to have the problem.
That is not necessarily true. My friend a while back got an AmBull puppy from exceptional lines to use as a working dog (for ScH). This dog had everything in her lineage that my friend wanted and she was super excited to work this dog. During puppy training (working the tug toy to build drive and make it a game) the pup wa showing a lot of promise in temperment and drive and my friend was speculating how well she would do for her lines and breeding because of all the promise she was showing. of course though nothing was for sure until she would proove herself. Much to her dismay though the pup started showing troubles with her hips. Turned out she had HD that would cripple her by the time she was 2 years old. As much as it broke her heart she had to put the puppy down because the poor thing would do nothing but suffer agonizing pain in the matter of months.

HD is not caused by a single gene but it takes specific genes that need to come together in order to produce it. Thats why it is nearly impossibly to eliminate 100%. Even the best breeders get pups with HD now and then. You dont hear about it much though because many of them will cull the pups that show severe sign of HD. They do not want to risk it being passed on somehow and they do not want to put someone through the heartache of dealing with severe HD. Thats probably why the breeder of your Newfie was going to put this puppy down.
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Old 10-06-2006, 09:51 AM
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I made booties for my very old Golden who had trouble getting up on slippery floors out of the material used for the feet of toddlers sleepers. Worked well !
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Old 10-06-2006, 12:33 PM
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^^ Thats a great idea grammy
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