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I have a 4 month old male doberman ive noticed when he gets up in the morning he has trouble. Im hoping this isnt anything to worry about, but im concerned, should i be worried? He weighs 50lbs and is 4 months old any advice would help.
 

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I have a 4 month old male doberman ive noticed when he gets up in the morning he has trouble. Im hoping this isnt anything to worry about, but im concerned, should i be worried? He weighs 50lbs and is 4 months old any advice would help.
What kind of trouble, trouble walking, trouble going to the loo? Can you give us more info.

Has he seen a vet recently? My boy is almost a year old and he weighs in at 68lbs which may be a little light but your boy sounds enormous, were his parents very big?

Can you post a pic?

These guys will be sure to be able to give you some advice so hang on in there. :kiss:
 

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Just trouble getting up after sleeping, it seems to be his back legs and yea hes been to the vet and he says he doesnt see anything wrong. This is a little dark but this is my 4 month old.
 

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I'm sorry but that's just not right. They should not have any movement issues at such a young age. Ask the vet who he can refer you to in order to investigate this further - neurologist maybe? orthopedic specialist? I would do something just to ease my mind if nothing else. Can you take video of him having trouble getting up?
 
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Good looking boy, but agreed problems getting up at this age ring massive alarm bells. Did you get him from a reputable breeder or do you know if the parents have any prior hip problems? A video is an excellent idea. Could he be getting excessive exercise and stiff from too much running?

I think this is most definitely one for a vet.
 

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Since he is having trouble getting up etc, you may want to reduce his food a smidgen since he looks like he is carrying a bit too much right now. If a dog has any movement issues at all, you want to get their weight right down to skinny - not all ribs showing, but it would be good to be able to see a definite waist and tuckup right now. You would be surprised at how much trouble an extra couple of pounds can give when things aren't going quite right.

When my older dog got arthritis, I took him down from 80lb (where he looked good) to 72lb and that's where I kept him until he passed several years later. It helped enormously - he acted like a pup again.
 

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What a bruiser, and so handsome.

I would seriously you get a second opinion, at his age he should be bouncing like a spring lamb 24/7. Perhaps like most of us he could do to lose a little weight, but your vet should be able to advise you better.

Keep us posted and good luck
 

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I agree it's not normal at all and I would have it investigated further. I also agree that he looks like he is carrying too much weight.
 

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he does play all the time its just in the morning when he seems to have problems. he eats twice a day and I did ask the vet if he was to heavy and he said no, his parents were both big, mom being over 100lbs and dad almost 100lbs, i def will get a 2nd opinion, and as far as him playing he plays a lot but i try to make sure with all my dogs that he doesnt over do it because I dont want them to harm themselves. Also thanks to those that said he was handsome, he is my pride and joy, I had a female who passed a year ago and she only topped out at 70lbs. Ill cut the amount that I give him each time i feed him and see if that helps and tomorrow when we wake up i will video him coming out of his cage.
 

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Just a little note, he is very big boned, his dad was too, I havent seen a dobe with as big of feet as a puppy as Draven.
 

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He's gonna be a big boy, very handsome pup. I agree with everyone else that you should get a second opinion. At that age they are like little springs, should be bouncing around like crazy. Was it a noticeable change one day, like maybe an injury?
 

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There's definitely something very wrong if he's having trouble getting up at such a young age. I'm also agreeing with the rest of the members who say that he could lose some weight- and if your vet really thinks otherwise, I'd probably be looking for a new vet too.

I'd be very worried about the hips of a dog who will probably be oversized, it would be smart to do everything you can to be easy on those hips, which includes keeping as much unnecessary weight off of him as possible.
 
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