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Hi there! I’m new here and came looking for pointers and other opinions. I want to start with, I have already scheduled a veterinary appointment for my pup due to this concern….

I recently rescued this German Shepard puppy. Poor little guy is shy and has never had human interaction, he is coming out of his shell now. My biggest worry right now is that his legs and gait do not seem normal to me, he walks on his pasterns sometimes and his back end seems very low to me like he’s hunched over. I hope his joints and bones are just growing and will be ok but again I am taking him to the vet. He was not being fed proper food, being 7 months old and they were feeding him pedigree adult dog food I don’t think he is developed the way he should because he is very tiny for his age and very skinny. Again any help is appreciated, I’m concerned he has a major hip or leg defect. Pictures of my little guy for reference
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German shepherds can be prone to hip dysplasia. Hopefully your vet can reassure you. You might want to investigate pet insurance before any diagnosis (as a diagnosis would make any problems pre-existing and therefore not covered), Bear in mind a lot may refuse to pay for conditions diagnosed within X weeks of taking out the cover too.

But if he needs surgery and/or long term medication, he could become an expensive dog.
 

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Poor pup, he's lucky to have found you!

His posture does look somewhat abnormal, but he may yet grow out of it - especially if he gets good nutrition and appropriate exercise. I'd probably ask the vets about supplements because he could be calcium or phosphorus deficient (they usually supplement these in puppy formulations because they're used a lot in growth). As for exercise, at his age, he should be getting about 35 minutes twice a day - but you'll probably want to confirm with the vet whether there are any limitations to what's appropriate.
 

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He could be both roach-backed and "weak" in the pasterns--both of which have genetic and nutritional components. So while good nutrition might lessen it, it very well may not. Or maybe hip dysplasia and the other two. Like @JoanneF said, I'd recommend looking at pet insurance, at least for the beginning. I know of at least 1 where you don't have to wait 6 months for ortho issues.
 
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