Different length legs?!

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Different length legs?!

Post by Sylvaen » Wed Sep 28, 2011 4:20 pm

Today I went with Andrija (Vega's owner) to have Vega's hip x-rays taken, which is how we discovered that one of Vega's hind legs is several cm longer than the other! It's quite noticeable on the x-ray (the knees don't line up by a good 4-5cm or so) - one leg is definitely shorter. Apparently it's not too uncommon and it shouldn't have too much of a negative impact... I was just wondering if anyone else has noticed or experienced this 'issue' with their Tam(s)?
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Re: Different length legs?!

Post by Nino » Wed Sep 28, 2011 4:36 pm

oh.. never thought about it.. But I will sure be taking a look at it when I have opportunity..

I know that people can have different leg lengths - but normally its not very much - my second cousin had a couple of centimetres cut off one of his legs because they weren't the same length and that wasn't good for him..
4-5 cm sounds like crazy lot of a difference!
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Re: Different length legs?!

Post by Rahne » Wed Sep 28, 2011 5:05 pm

Never heard of that :? Wouldn't it bother her? 4/5 cm seems a lot to me..

How did the x-rays looked (her hips)?

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Re: Different length legs?!

Post by Sylvaen » Wed Sep 28, 2011 5:31 pm

Rahne wrote:Never heard of that :? Wouldn't it bother her? 4/5 cm seems a lot to me..
I'll have to get Andrija to measure the exact difference on the x-rays as I forgot and he took them home with him... but it was quite a noticeable difference. As far as we know, it doesn't bother her but it probably explains why she looks a little bit 'off' when she runs.
Rahne wrote:How did the x-rays looked (her hips)?
Hips looked ok - not perfect, but not bad either... will be curious to see what the official score is, but hoping for the best!
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Post by Rahne » Wed Sep 28, 2011 5:33 pm

Ok. I will keep my fingers crossed for the official score!

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Re: Different length legs?!

Post by Gaby » Thu Sep 29, 2011 12:46 pm

That's strange, never heard of it in dogs. But with humans I've heard about it, so it can probably happen with dogs too. With Mila we've got a problem with her paw, as you already know, but the legs didn't differ in length on the x-rays. I hope for the best with her hips!!

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Re: Different length legs?!

Post by MIKA » Thu Sep 29, 2011 6:48 pm

I'll keep also my fingers crossed that everything goes well :!: :!: :!:
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Re: Different length legs?!

Post by Czertice » Fri Sep 30, 2011 9:09 pm

I know in people legs of different length have impact on how people carry themselves and can cause back pain. My mother has one leg shorter. almost imperceptibly, she only found out when the doctor treated her recurring back pain.
Now obviously dog's anatomy is quite different from humans, but several centimeters of difference coul have an impact in the long term on how the dog carries himself and puts weight on his legs. But I'm not a veterinarian, I can be totally wrong:]
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Re: Different length legs?!

Post by EskyTheHusky » Sat Oct 08, 2011 1:34 pm

A breeder friend of mine had a young lapphund that was limping around.
They thought she must have hurt herself being her silly puppy self.
So off to the vet for a checkup, and after Xrays found one of the dogs legs to me a lot shorter than the other.
Which was obviously what was causing the limping gait.
Another of my friends now owns this dog, and it still has a strange gait, poor thing.

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Re: Different length legs?!

Post by Sylvaen » Thu Jan 05, 2012 4:02 pm

The score is in! BVA 10!! (FCI A-2)... the same score as Vixen! :D
so it seems that her having different length legs didn't have much of a negative influence after all... :lol:

Here's a photo of Vixen, Vega and Jasper at the vet clinic when Vega was hip x-rayed...
Vega's owner wanted me to come along with my dogs so that Vega wouldn't be too nervous about the whole procedure. :)
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Post by Rahne » Thu Jan 05, 2012 4:05 pm

Yay! :D

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Re: Different length legs?!

Post by Katlin » Thu Jan 05, 2012 5:18 pm

Congrats! Sounds like a very caring owner :)
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Post by TerriHolt » Thu Jan 05, 2012 6:05 pm

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Re: Different length legs?!

Post by AZDehlin » Fri Jan 06, 2012 7:51 pm

Family vet trip... That had to make the trip less stressful :)

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Re: Different length legs?!

Post by Sylvaen » Fri Jan 06, 2012 9:03 pm

AZDehlin wrote:Family vet trip... That had to make the trip less stressful :)
yep... and the other visitors at the clinic (and the vets too) were all very impressed to see the whole family together - the vet even asked to have a group photo (with the dogs) on his mobile phone... LOL :lol:
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Re: Different length legs?!

Post by AZDehlin » Fri Jan 06, 2012 10:29 pm

Sylvaen wrote:
AZDehlin wrote:Family vet trip... That had to make the trip less stressful :)
yep... and the other visitors at the clinic (and the vets too) were all very impressed to see the whole family together - the vet even asked to have a group photo (with the dogs) on his mobile phone... LOL :lol:
That is great :)

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