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Hi! I just got a Great Dane/ Saint Bernard pup. I'm aware both these breed are risk factors for hip dysplasia so naturally, I'm paranoid. My puppy is 11 weeks and I've noticed that she does a lot of the symptoms such as frog sitting, Bunny hops, sway walk (I think), crawling up on furniture rather than jumping. Is this just normal awkward puppy behavior or does it sound like Hip Dysplasia?
 

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It could be normal puppy behavior, but it does also sound like hip dysplasia. My sister's puppy had similar behavior and we were concerned about him, but it must have just been a normal puppy thing because he was fine as he got a bit older.

I recommend looking into pet insurance. However, if your dog has any pre-existing condition before the insurance takes effect, then it won't be covered. And since hip dysplasia is so common (as well as torn ACL), a lot of pet insurance companies have wait times before they cover those conditions, so that's something you'd have to check on.

I got my puppy last year and got insurance. I researched pros and cons and then researched different pet insurance companies and finally decided to get Healthy Paws. Some of the companies had a lot of bad customer reviews, so if you do get insurance make sure that they have VERY good reviews from their customers. If they don't, stay away from them. Healthy Paws has excellent reviews, but the downside is that they do have a one year waiting period for hip dysplasia, and if any signs show before then, then your dog won't be covered. Other insurance companies have a 2 week wait but then their wait for ACL is longer. It's a gamble.

Hip Dysplasia is part genetics, but it's also environment. I bought yoga mats to help my puppy with traction on slippery wood floors. I also read that sleeping on hard surfaces could be a factor. Or going up and down a lot of stairs. Research into what you can do to help prevent hip dysplasia.

I have an older foster dog right now that has it. Surgery is over 6k. It's definitely something you'd want covered if your dog does develop it. I've heard that full hip replacement makes them pain free. It's a big expense without insurance though.
 

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Have your Vet check your pup for hip dysplasia. An X-ray will quickly tell whether or not its present. The good news, is, surgical repair is a very successful surgery, especially when done on a young dog.
 
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