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    K&P - Thanks for the info.

    I have also noticed some day's she has a little limp going in her back leg. I put it down to her and Rex playing rough - he likes to drag her off the couch by that same back leg. I've been trying to get him to stop, if i see him going for her leg i clap my hands and tell him 'argh'. She also lay's with her back legs spread out behind her - like a hung chicken, which i have been told is a sign of good hips? I'm not too worried that there is any serious joint damage or anything (i'm not even too sure what i should be looking for?), i'm just worried that doing too much physical activity with her at her current weight isn't particularly good for her which is why i was looking at hydrotherapy.

    I have a day off work tomorrow so i will be getting in contact with a few of the above mentioned places. I definitely want to get in touch with these guys Thelinks.net.au - service details as they seem to be the only one's who offer help in the weight loss department. I don't know if i should head straight to the chiropractor just yet as i'm not sure anything is wrong. I mean she delays when jumping on the bed and in the car - she will just put her front paws up as if to say 'lift me up' dunno if that's just plain lazy or what. She doesn't seem to be uncomfortable or in any pain?

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    our dog who has luxating patella (dodgy knee) lays with his legs back in the manner you describe. Our vet chiro (who I also think is fab and well worth the time and money over a regular vet) tells me this is because when the leg is splayed backwards like this is "pops" the knee back into the correct postion.

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    Holey crap! I've been told the opposite... Might have to look at getting her checked out : (

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    You will find a lot of dogs lie with their legs out backwards (the frog look). Staffies and Bull breeds tend to do it heaps but many other breeds do it as well, it is good for stretching out.
    It isn't necessarily a sign of luxatting patella. Kuri you would know if your dog has LP, sometimes she would have a non weight bearing limp and other times be fine. It is usually pretty obvious, basically the knee cap pops out of the groove when the muscles tense up and it stays out until the muscles relaxing enough for it to pop back in causing an intermitten non weight bearing limp(as in not using that leg at all). And yes if she lays with her legs straight out it is usually a sign that the hips are in good condition, ie: Keira physically cannot lie like that because her hips make it impossible, and in fact I think she only ever did it once when she was a young pup and have never seen her do it since, where as Phoenix still does it all the time.

    In saying all this, that doesn't mean her back isn't out, or that her ribs are not out etc. Just like us they can throw out parts of their skeletal system or have soft tissue damage. So just because it isn't her hips doesn't mean she isn't in pain.
    The best indicator is to run your hand gently and slowly along her back from the base of her skull to her tail, the temperature of her body along that area should be the same all the way along, if you feel any hot spots then that is inflammation caused by pain in that area.

    Anyways, I just thought it would be handy for you to know that we have such a fantastic resource available to us in the area if you do decide she might need something like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nev Allen View Post
    Kuri,

    Have a look at the video on our web site at Canine Fitness Centre

    We are one of very few centres that have an underwater treadmill. I believe there is one at Greenslopes and one at Narang.

    Those places without an underwater treadmill will just be using swimming as therapy but may include some massage as well.

    Swimming is one of the best exercises you can have your dog do because it does work just about every muscle in their body.

    If you cannot get to one of these centres then swimming her at home in the pool, down at the beach, or in the Logan River will work just as well. You just need to get yourself knee deep, get the dog in the water and hold the tail. She will swim. It is reckoned that a 10 minute swim is equal to a 5 kilometer walk.

    Of course I do not need to say anything about reducing her food intake - but I will. When our dogs have not had enough exercise and put on a bit of padding, we cut their kibble ration and substitute cooked pumpkin or butternut so they get the same volume with less real stuff, and then swim some.

    On the bike thing, a kilo or two will not compromise her if you run her with the bike. Just build up the distance slowly so she becomes accustomed and conditioned to it.

    A couple years back, we had a BC that we "allowed" to get overweight. We went away for two weeks to a farm stay place where we could take the dog. They had a large sloping paddock running down into a river, For two weeks, several times a day we would send her running from me at the top of the slope to my wife at the bottom and then swim out to my son in a canoe and back to me again. She lost 4 kilos in those 2 weeks.
    Do your dogs actually eat cooked pumpkin...really?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cavalierqld View Post
    Do your dogs actually eat cooked pumpkin...really?
    My dogs do. In their weekly meals they get minced chicken frames mixed with slightly steamed veggies including carrot, pumpkin, sweet potato, celery etc. They love it.

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    Frosty likes cooked pumpkin.

    She also does the frog leg thing. I'm not sure there's any connection to joint problems doing that. It just means the dog is flexible and comfy that way - which may or may not be a good thing... depending on the dog.

    Eg Frosty should not do frog legs on grass - because it gives her a rash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cavalierqld View Post
    Do your dogs actually eat cooked pumpkin...really?
    My dogs love it and potato and carrots.its one of their fav's

    I use raw carrot as a filler if a dog has to be on a diet..shredded mixed in with the raw mince, they think they are getting more
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