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Puppy 8 weeks old - Size

Hello everyone,
About 4/5 days ago I got new 8 week old female pup, I love her very much and she has tons of personality, it came to my attention that she was limping on her back leg, so I immediately called the breeder and went to the vet. They gave me some pills called wejoints and told me to wait to see the result. After that I started to compare her to other pups with 8 weeks and she seems to thin and small.. I want to know your guys honest opinion knowing that I don’t mind her size but could she have a problem like hip displasia? Something like that? Now the breeder wants to trade her for another but I really don’t want too. I’m going to try to attach some pictures of her. Thanks to anyone who can help me out!
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Could you try posting some pictures of her standing, and from the sides? Its hard to tell anything from the front view pictures.

Did you purchase her from a reputable breeder? Was health testing done on the parents?

Was the vet not concerned with the limping, and able to determine an injury was not the cause?

A lot of factors come into play here, try to be as detailed as possible. The wiser ones of the forum will work their way over here soon, and do their best to help you.
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Agree - more photos of her body would be helpful, as well as a little more info about where you got her and what the vet said.

To the more knowledgeable people here - do her front legs look a little off? kinda turned out up near the connection to her shoulder? sorta "bulldog-ish"? (OP - wait for the people who know more to comment...I'm not an expert, its just an observation)
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Could you try posting some pictures of her standing, and from the sides? Its hard to tell anything from the front view pictures.

Did you purchase her from a reputable breeder? Was health testing done on the parents?

Was the vet not concerned with the limping, and able to determine an injury was not the cause?

A lot of factors come into play here, try to be as detailed as possible. <img src="https://www.dobermantalk.com/images/smilies/smile1.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile1" class="inlineimg" /> The wiser ones of the forum will work their way over here soon, and do their best to help you.
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Agree - more photos of her body would be helpful, as well as a little more info about where you got her and what the vet said.

To the more knowledgeable people here - do her front legs look a little off? kinda turned out up near the connection to her shoulder? sorta "bulldog-ish"? (OP - wait for the people who know more to comment...I'm not an expert, its just an observation)
Hello Chesa and Radar!!
Thank you so much for replying!
I’ll try to describe it as best as I can!!
So, right now I’m at work but when I get home I’ll take pictures from every angle!
Concerning the breeder, yes, it’s a reputable one, her parents together have won a lot championships, and they are both tested.
The breeder told me the limp was from an anesthesia shot they gave her on the leg to crop her ears, anyways the vet gave me some pills called wejoints with glucosamine and condohitrine.
Thanks to anyone else who can give some advice about the leg and her size too!
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Really hard to tell anything from those pictures. She does look a bit thin, but it is really hard to tell.

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Now the breeder wants to trade her for another but I really donít want too.
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Concerning the breeder, yes, itís a reputable one, her parents together have won a lot championships, and they are both tested.

The breeder told me the limp was from an anesthesia shot they gave her on the leg to crop her ears, anyways the vet gave me some pills called wejoints with glucosamine and condohitrine.
It kind of worries me that your breeder is offering a new puppy in trade, yet makes a comment it was simply from an anesthesia shot.

Hopefully there is more to that story, that we just haven't gotten yet.

Best of luck!
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OK....

Yes, she looks a bit thin and small for almost 9 weeks. Personally, that would not concern me. Several years ago we purposely chose the smallest of the litter while having a boy who was constantly trying to push 100 lb. (Same well known and reputable breeder). Also, the "runt" of the litter in the Doberman breed, with proper nutrition and care, does not necessarily end up undersized.

That being said, the limp might concern me. Like all Doberman owners, you should purchase pet health insurance as soon as possible. When you do, the insurance company will want a full disclosure of what they may perceive as "pre-existing" conditions. If this is determined to be issue which is not an isolated incident, an insurance company might choose to deny future claims.

The bottom line for me is the risk that you are willing to take. If your breeder is willing to switch dogs out, it is probably worth considering.

That being said, I have been there. We had a boy that became severely ill as a young pup. It was determined to be a congenital issue. The breeder offer another pup if we ended up having to euthanize him. We decided t bite the bullet and keep him regardless.

It was tough and expensive, but rewarding in the end.

I seriously hope that this is an insignificant singular event that will self correct.

Best to you and your sweet little girl.

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Concerning the breeder, yes, it’s a reputable one, her parents together have won a lot championships, and they are both tested.

The breeder told me the limp was from an anesthesia shot they gave her on the leg to crop her ears, anyways the vet gave me some pills called wejoints with glucosamine and condohitrine.
It kind of worries me that your breeder is offering a new puppy in trade, yet makes a comment it was simply from an anesthesia shot.

Hopefully there is more to that story, that we just haven't gotten yet.

Best of luck!
Thanks for the answer!!
The thing is I’m portuguese and I’m not very good at English but I’m trying to explain as best as I can. I think the breeder probably offer the trade because she saw me very worried..
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Thanks for the answer!!
The thing is Iím portuguese and Iím not very good at English but Iím trying to explain as best as I can. I think the breeder probably offer the trade because she saw me very worried..
I can understand that a little better.

Your English is very good!! You are doing fine

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Thanks for the answer!!
The thing is Iím portuguese and Iím not very good at English but Iím trying to explain as best as I can. I think the breeder probably offer the trade because she saw me very worried..
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Your English is great and you are explaining yourself extremely well. My father was born and raised in Brazil. He constantly tried to teach us kids Portuguese.
We never picked it up.

Please keep updating on your girl's situation.

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Maybe it's just the photos but yes she does look a little small and thin for her age there. If she's been checked by the vet and ok'd I would not be concerned. In a few days if she's still lame in her rear you may need to have her looked at again.
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Hello everyone,
About 4/5 days ago I got new 8 week old female pup, I love her very much and she has tons of personality, it came to my attention that she was limping on her back leg, so I immediately called the breeder and went to the vet. They gave me some pills called wejoints and told me to wait to see the result. After that I started to compare her to other pups with 8 weeks and she seems to thin and small.. I want to know your guys honest opinion knowing that I don’t mind her size but could she have a problem like hip displasia? Something like that? Now the breeder wants to trade her for another but I really don’t want too. I’m going to try to attach some pictures of her. Thanks to anyone who can help me out!
Where did you purchase pup ? Who is the breeder ?


The stitches should be out at the time you took pup home and you've had her in your home at least 5 days now. An "anesthesia shot" should not be producing a limp so far along at this time imo

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The stitches should be out at the time you took pup home and you've had her in your home at least 5 days now.
Not always the case about stitches...

Our pup came home with us the day after cropping, and we took him to the vet to get stitches removed a week later.

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Not always the case about stitches...

Our pup came home with us the day after cropping, and we took him to the vet to get stitches removed a week later.

yes, me to (typo error). But, I just haven't heard of a puppy still limping 6 days or more after an "anesthesia shot". However, I'm not a DVM
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yes, me to (typo error). But, I just haven't heard of a puppy still limping 6 days or more after an "anesthesia shot". However, I'm not a DVM
Oh no, totally agree with you there!

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If you love her temperament, quick to bond & a tendency to please, I would keep her.
- vs. changing pups & possibly getting a independent/stubborn one...they are all different
- your breeder is just rambling, at the mouth

Pet food quality is the utmost important, 4-5 star kibble & treats...should be the only purchase.
https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/

When any limping occurs, our vet suggests a cooked chicken breast daily...did it for a week, really helped.
- to offset growth spurts, when they arise / real meat protein is 100x better, than fiber fillers

^^ Went that way (cooked meat) with our last girl (3 occasions, under one year old), and limping cleared up quick.
- like race horse colts / want them to grow & mature slower for sound structure
- that's why I feed pups All-Life-Stages (ALS) kibble / don't even buy, puppy formula here

Our current girl, was on the puppy runt side / took her 2.5 years, to fill out...now big & real strong.

------------Kelly & (Amy - RIP @ 11.7 y/o)

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