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    Default Sore hips/legs?

    We have been going to the park every day for the last few days now and the dogs have been having a big run around. I noticed yesterday that Meika was a bit stiff in her left back leg after the park and she just stood up from having a sleep after today's park visit and she was limping very badly on her right back leg and then held it up while having a drink.

    She seems fine while she's at the park running around and is just sore afterwards... it's a bit worrying that it's both legs!! We don't know much about where she came from or her age but we think she's about 18 months old so still quite young which is also a concern. We don't have any dog chiropractors/physios around this area that I know of (does anyone know of any in Toowoomba?) so will taking her to the vet be okay? I do have Thursday and Friday off work so could take her up to the Sunshine Coast where my parents live as I know there is a doggy chiropractor and physio there. What do you guys think? I won't take her to the park for a few days and see how she goes.. will giving her glucosamine tablets possibly help too? I'm good when my horses get sore, but haven't ever really had a sore dog before!!

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    It sounds like it could be a cruciate ligament injury.
    Get to the Vet as soon as you can. Maybe just on leash walkies for now.
    There are some good medications available (course of injections) that
    worked very well for my boy, Chubb.
    The first vet said surgery was the only option.
    Get a second opinion if you are not happy with the first.
    Hopefully it is just something minor.

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    Thanks Chubb My mum's dog has had a cruciate ligament injury in both her legs now and had surgery on both, I doesn't really look the same with Meika but I will take her to the vet tomorrow to check I was just having a feel of her leg and it's definitely sore in the hip area, she will let me touch it and bend all the joints but as soon as I try and bend the hip joint, she will cry. Poor darling. We've been to the vet 6 times in 4 weeks for allergies, conjunctivitis, vomiting, ear infections etc etc etc and I thought maybe our run of bad luck had ended but apparently not! Time for trip number 7!

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    Sorry she has has a bad run lately healthwise.
    I have a dog the size of Molly and the colours of Meika. (no eye patch)
    He is still awkward with the long legs and also jumps around like a crazy goat
    in the mornings kicking his heels in the air. Dogs are so funny.

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    Hope that is not HD. How much running around had she done before you started going to the park this last week? If she was unfit before, it could be that you have just let her overdo it and she has just got stiff. Does the stiffness wear off after a few minutes?

    Seems the pain is in the hip and around that joint so ACL is unlikely.

    Before going to the expense of chiros etc ask your vet to prescribe anti inflammatory tabs. and rest her for a week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nev Allen View Post
    Hope that is not HD. How much running around had she done before you started going to the park this last week? If she was unfit before, it could be that you have just let her overdo it and she has just got stiff. Does the stiffness wear off after a few minutes?

    Seems the pain is in the hip and around that joint so ACL is unlikely.

    Before going to the expense of chiros etc ask your vet to prescribe anti inflammatory tabs. and rest her for a week.
    She hadn't done that much running before we started going to the park, just running around the yard and walking on the leash and then playing for about 1hr off-leash at the park maybe once a week. They just put in an off-leash park around the corner from our house on Saturday so I have probably been over-using it out of excitement I'm hopeing that she's just strained something, and she did get steam-rolled by a big ridgeback on Saturday so maybe the soreness from that has taken a few days to kick in. And maybe because her left leg was sore she put more weight on the right leg and now that's sore from over-use. She was completely fine after the park today, jumped into the boot of the car and when we got home she was running up and down the stairs playing with a visitor that we had, it was just after she layed down for a bit she seemed sore and she's reluctant to put weight back on it after I pick her up and then put her down (she will go straight from my arms into the sitting position). She seems a little bit better now after I was at work all afternoon, and ran around to greet me but she's still limping and back in bed now. I might put a heat-pack on it tonight and I have some muscle bruise/anti-inflamitory stuff (domoso) that I give the horses so I will rub some of that into her hip tonight and hopefully she gets better! What a worry!

    I hate having unwell dogs

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    Just read up about HD.... REALLY hope it's not that but the symptoms do sound similar!! At least now she's in a good home that will give her all the treatments and medication that she needs if it is HD and not the horrible place she used to be in

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    Sadly it sound like HD to me.....I so hope i am wrong .........Swimming, lots of swimming. no matter what people say, do lots of swimming. it will strengthen the muscles and tendons and support those joints

    I had a newfie girl with HD.......They suggested PTS or major surgery, which at the time was beyond me ($12,000 in 1992) So we went swimming. She became sounder and had no pain. She still was a little slow and had trouble getting up at times, but she was happy.

    Cruciates have to be fixed..they cause a lot of pain and there is no way to "fix" it without surgery.

    Hope it is just due to too much recent exercise
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    Thanks newfsie, I hope it's from too much exercise too. I found a qualified canine chiro-vet so will book an appointment tomorrow. Can HD show signs so suddenly? I couldn't find my domoso but I have a heat pack on it at the moment and she's usually scared of them when I use them on myself but she falls asleep whenever I put it on and when I take it off every few mins she looks at me as if to say "Put it back" so it must be making her feel better, I've been putting the heat pack on for a few mins and then gently massaging it for a few mins and repeating the cycle for 20mins now so hopefully it's helping her feel better. We're off to sleep now as I need at be at work at 2:30am so hopefully she's feeling better in the morning!!! I'm worried about her jumping on and off the bed tonight so have set up a nice comfy bed for her right next to me.

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    My newfie Abbey showed her first signs at 10 months......I have been neurotic about every newfie since.......Annbelle and Lukey are good, awesome scores...Katy has a 2/2 score. which is not too bad, BUT..hence she is now desexed
    Pets are forever

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