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Something wrong with his leg/hip?

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by peanut651, Jan 5, 2012.


  1. peanut651

    peanut651 PetForums VIP

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    my Shep has developed something strange with his back left leg. he will walk on it fine but when it comes to running he will run with both back legs together, as if he was hopping like a kangaroo. We went to the vet because of it and he was on a dose of loxicom pain killer but even on that he is still pretty bad. It doesn't seem to bother him and nomatter how much excersize I give him he is fine the next day and all he want's to do is play (but he has to take it easy now) but it seems to be getting worse. I have another vet appointment tomorrow so hoping to get his hips X-rayed to see if he has signs of hip displacia or anything related...not looking forward to it:(
     
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    It sounds like 'bunny hopping' to me which can be a sign of HD I believe. However, not everything is sinister or serious, and at least you will know what you are (or hopefully are not) dealing with if the vet thinks x rays are warranted. Not knowing what is wrong is so awful; wishing you all the best and will send good thoughts your way xx.
     
  3. rona

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    Mine moves like that when he is happy :confused:

    Have you a video?
     
  4. beris

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    My dog moves like that and my vet diagnosed arthritis in her left leg. She is on metacam but I try not to give it to her everyday due to side effects. Heidi is coming up to 11years old but still thinks she is a puppy.
     
  5. peanut651

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    I actually thought of taking a vid but too dark out now so will get one tomorrow to help explain lol
     
  6. peanut651

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    yeh that sounds about right and I know what you mean about not knowing whats wrong...if only they could talk lol
     
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    Hopefully not HD :( Banjo has it in his left hip & osteoarthritus everywhere near enough & he does'nt bunny hop when runing or trotting. If he suddenly decides to go after Holly to bounce :rolleyes: he bunny hops for a few strides, its as if he is pushing himself off out of his starting blocks :lol:

    Good luck at the vets x
     
  8. McKenzie

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    I hope Shep is ok :( let us know what the xrays say.

    For those of you who know about these things, does bunny hopping always mean HD? And does it mean anything if a dog lies with their legs stretched out behind them?
     
  9. peanut651

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    cheers everyone.

    I don't know if he will be getting X-rays yet, depends what the vet thinks. Hopefully he will because it will put my mind at rest knowing what the problem is rather than getting wound up guessing:rolleyes:
     
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    No, bunny hopping doesn't always mean HD - my Blue does have HD but has never bunny hoped, yet Dylan has sound hips but bunny hops on our first walk of the day! I think he's just stretching his legs after being asleep all night!

    It's a good sign if a dog lies with their legs out behind them as far as hips are concerned - :thumbup1: ''frog legged'' as I call it. Just before xmas Alfie refused to put any weight on one of his back legs and the vet was worried about some form of hip problem for a while - but Alfie always lies ''frog legged'' and after telling them this, they dismissed any hip pain - he wouldn't have been flexible enough to lay like that if he was having discomfort in his hip.
     
  11. McKenzie

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    Fingers crossed, it's horrible when you don't know.

    These dogs give us so many things to worry about!!! :eek:
     
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