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Hello All,

Weird and maybe silly question... are these just his hip bones sticking out?

I don't believe Jax is skinny to the point where his bones would be showing (I've been told he could probably lose 1-2 pounds), so I'm curious if this is normal? Maybe he is a little too skinny lol?

I don't notice these sticking out on his brother.
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This is does look unusual. Do the bumps appear to be the hip bones or hard swelling over the bone? Does he seem to trot and run normally? I wonder if there is some deterioration of the ligaments/muscles around the hip joints, causing them to appear to jut out. If his gait is normal and no pain, probably just keep an eye on it.
The bumps are hard like bone.
I just looked back on puppy pics and could slightly see them, so he's def had these for awhile if not his whole life.
He seems just like his happy self, I just feel bad because I thought "hmm, his brother doesn't have these, I wonder why Jax does?"

I have a vet apt tomorrow so I will bring it up then.
 

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**Update

We took Jax this morning to get his Bordetella Vaccine, and the visit was SUPER quick because they were very busy.
However, I did manage to ask our vet what those bumps could possible be.
She did not seem concerned at all, and said she thinks they are either muscle and/or fat deposits.
She mentioned he is not overweight, but shouldn't gain anymore weight.
She really didn't seem concerned, so I'm hoping its either muscle/fat deposits.

Should I ask for an X-ray or bring him to a different vet for another opinion?
I trust our vet, however I've never seen these on any other Doberman.
 

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Hi R.J. Thanks for the update

If it concerns you (It would me), you should consult a veterinary orthopedist, if possible. You may need a referral, but maybe not. Either way, and although they might not be accommodating, it wouldn't hurt to inquire if they would be willing to look at a photo first, in order to assess if a visit is warranted. Especially as there is a lack of accompanying symptoms. Of course this is assuming that you live in an area where a specialist is even available. If you don't, then perhaps a second opinion with another general practitioner would be the way to go. Preferably a DVM, who is familiar with Dobermans.

Your other obvious alternative is to simply take a "wait and see" approach.

JL
Thanks for the suggestions!
Unfortunately, the closest orthopedic specialist is over 2 hours away, but I will definitely reach out to them and see if they'd be willing to look at a picture before I drive all the way down there - I would of course drive where ever needed to get my boy looked at.

To be honest, I did not feel any better leaving the vet today even though she said "she isn't concerned"- I still am concerned LOL

I think I will start to look for a DVM who is familiar with Dobermans.
 
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