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    Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common joint disorder, which is due to aging and wear and tear on a joint.
    I am sorry, but damp weather and a shaven coat do not cause Osteoarthritis. To me it sounds a lot like hip dysplasia or that he has very recently injured his hip. I would try and keep him quiet until his vet appointment tomorrow. If he is whimpering and not putting any pressure on the leg, I imagine he is in a fair amount of pain.

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    If his whole leg is stiff - I think he may have done a "knee" injury or similar like rupturing an ACL - which would cause swelling, stiffness and pain. Hopefully vet can advise more specifically and the best options for management.

    remember when it comes to emptying your wallet - they will. You need to ask some important questions like
    what would you do if it was your dog?
    what would this option likely cost - is there a cheaper option? what are the chances of improving (or not) the dog's quality of life with each choice. What are the risks? Eg there's always a small risk of death with general anaesthetic, and they usually use a general - to take the xrays, as well as for any attempt to do a surgical repair - if that is something that would benefit the dog.

    Let us know what the vet says please - we all love an update.

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    Good luck at the Vet's. wishing a speedy recovery.

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    If it's sudden onset pain I'd say he's bashed his leg, perhaps done the patella or CL, but only a vet could confirm anything. Best of luck.

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    GREAT NEWS i took him to the vet and it turns out he has an inner ear infection that can be easily cured by a week of antibiotics, which was why he was walking around in circles and not using his leg properly, its not arthritis or hip displaysia or anything.
    WHAT A RELIEF.

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    Thanks for the update Aidan

    Glad it's an easy fix.

    So I guess checking his ears regularliy is now part of your routine? Was he doing an head shaking before he got the balance problem? Floppy eared dogs are prone to ear infections - but I hadn't heard of it getting so bad as they start falling over before.

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    Great news Aidan and great that your boy will be feeling much better soon.
    I feel for him, ear infections are painful.

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    That's great news.

    I did have a kelpie years ago that had an ear infection, was walking in circles and then laying down a lot, I suppose the collapsing down on one side from loss of balance could be misconstrued as pain in the leg.

    She recovered with meds very quickly and I hope your dog does too.

    Not too many people have Skips, fascinating little dogs, hope to see pics of both.

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    What an absolute awesome result for 'Harry !

    I am really pleased that it was not something more serious - even though ear infections are really painful for the pup.

    'Aidanw2000', thank you very much for the update and belated - to the forum !!!!!

    Really, there is a lesson for all of us here - OP and the rest of us - a little bit of information was given and we were all sniffing around the wrong end of the pup !

    I am really pleased your vet was able to sort things out for you ! Good stuff !!

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