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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2013

    Question Skipping????

    While on walks Lexi will hitch her back left leg up quickly and then put it down and continue to walk normally she does this a few times throughout the duration of the walk. Is it a health problem? Or just some strange habit?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    melbourne australia


    Skipping gait, where the dog lifts leg, there is a short delay in putting paw back down, then remainder of movement is normal, producing a 'skip' mid stride, is sounding like a cruciate ligament issue to me?

    the skipping word, that's the teller.
    i would video the gait, then take the video to the vet to show him. As dogs wont perform it in a cubicle exam room, i found. There are 2 options available for treatment: moderation management and surgery to repair if its severe enough. And both are a lot of time/energy. One option you'll need insurance for, the other you just need to be able to follow written instructions and is free. And vet cant make a cent off you. Guess which one you vet will recommend?

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2009


    How big is Lexi?

    If she's a very small dog with joint problems - it probably doesn't matter very much so long as you keep her lean and on the skinny side.

    With bigger dogs, you still need to keep them lean and on the skinny side but it's harder to keep them out of pain without some sort of surgical intervention. There are vet ortho specialists that can advise.

    Videoing the skipping is an excellent idea. Getting xrays often requires general anaesthetic to keep the dog still enough for pictures so that's very expensive. People getting "hip scores" done for their dogs will often wait until they need an op for something else like desex or lumpectomy etc.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Rural Western Australia


    I doubt if its a strange habit. Could be a range of things. Hip problems can sometimes make a dog bunny hop. It could be the first signs of a cruciate going. Some years ago this is what my dog did, I managed her for 6 months but to no avail, she blew her cruciate completely and most definitely needed surgery which I was fortunate enough to get done for almost free as a reletive was an orthovet at the time. If it is a cruciate rupture and you want to have a go at conservative management (non surgical) you best get on to it immediately before it ruptures completely because then you will have no choice. Untreated ruptures are painful for the dog.

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