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    Hello guys,

    I notice that our 2yo labX occasionally seems to have quite stiff joints. Is that normal?

    He is not overweight at all, actually he is in pretty good shape, yet a bit of a couch potato. This morning I took him for a good run down to the beach. He was chasing the ball for over an hour mostly in flat water, which he loves. This arvo after we came home he had a good nap and just now woke up when I opened the front door. Thinking he might miss something he came running, or rather limping. This happens often after he slept, he is limping heavily on one foot (I suspect front right). After a few meters he is fine tough.

    I also often notice him grunting heavily when lying down and sometimes he seems to struggle getting up. I know other dogs his age and they fly out of their beds/sofas/chairs if something interesting happens. Our Nero reminds me sometimes of an old man with arthritis getting up. On the other hand he seems quite flexible, his fav resting position is flat on his back with his hind legs spread so wide that his knees touch the ground on each side of his body. Talking about flexible hips

    When we got him he was about 10 weeks old. And not knowing better I (idiot) started to take him for far too long walks far too early. Between 6 and 12 months of age he was limping on each of his four legs for a while, but that stopped when he got some anti inflammatory from the vet and never came back (Panosteitis?)

    Do I need to worry?

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    Hi There,

    when my girl was younger she would get a limp sometimes after a big run.
    I started giving her fish oil and glucosamine tablets which made a world of difference. I also focused on her diet and she hasn't had the problem since.

    make sure you talk to your vet as well
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    I would get him x-rayed that doesnt sound normal. It could be dysplaysia or it could be early arthritis, the only way to know is to get him done. My rottweiler would also sleep in weird positions and frog out his back legs but his hips were beyond horrible and barely had hip sockets. horizontal flexibility does not necessarily mean great joints.

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    elbow, hips could be the problem.....Or any joint really. I would also get them checked...it won't hurt to start supportive supplements, but they do not fix things.

    Keep us informed if you get any results
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    D-oh... I was afraid you'd suggest that. I DREAD taking him to the vet. Absolutely DREAD it!!! He shakes so hard that he can barely walk as soon as we enter the room. He wets himself, he yelps, he barks, he growls and he needs to be muzzled because he'd bite without a doubt if he'd get a chance. It's always such a traumatising experience for everyone involved (including our vet who always turns a shade or two paler when he sees us sitting in the waiting room)

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    Maybe you could take a large amount of chopped up bits of roast chicken with you to the vet. A couple of practice sessions where you feed him lots of roast chicken just for getting to the front door.

    Or you can ask the vet to give you a sedative for your dog, so he can be a bit more relaxed when you get there. An anti anxiety kind of med like valium, not a can't move paralysis med cos that will just freak him out more.

    My dog HATES the busy road that the vet practice is on, but is fine once we get through the door. My main problem is stopping her from saying hello to every critter in there.

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    Hi Hyacinth,

    tried that Our vet is on the way to the favourite off lead running spot. So for a while we always had stops at the vet on the way. We would walk in and I'd buy him a much loved pig ear and feed him there and then. The receptionists would feed him treats... that was the idea. In realitiy he was so scared that he wasn't interested in chicken or pigear or whatever at all and just wanted to leave again. It's really awful to see him shaking in fear like that. Unfortunately the way he behaves doesn't really help a relaxed experience. Even for s simple shot two to three people have to muzzle him and wrestle him down. So each time we have to go the trauma grows a little bigger. Last time when his shots were due, it got that bad that I thought I'd change the vet. Not because there is anything wrong with ours but because I think their relationship is beyond repair. I was thinking of a fresh start... at a new vet... with lots of treats...

    I asked my vet for some mild sedative but he says it's not safe without examining him first, which kind of defeats the purpose really. Because once we have pinned him down on the table we may as well go ahead with whatever we're there for. God I HATE it!!

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    My Annabelle hated going to the vets....i changed vets, nothing personal to the vet, but she loves the new place and vet........Sometimes that is just something you have to do.

    Sadly we are having to change vets again, because our little country vet has literally "gone to the pigs"

    So now we are trying a vet recommended by several other giant owners and also the vet who is leaving
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    I guess you're right. I'll be interstate the next two weeks but when I'm back his annual shots are almost due anyway. Time to find a new vet then, there is a vet not too far from us who has a few female vets working there. Since he is slightly better with females I think I'll give them a go. I guess I just have to take it slow and book a consultation or two just to talk and meet and feed treats. They'll probably think I'm nuts but it's really more important to me to find a vet he trusts enough to not freak out when they touch him, rather then getting the shots done quickly not matter what. So we have at least a chance of having his joints checked out.

    Last time when he was limping and we took him to the vet it was virtually impossible to examine him properly because he was screaming murder if the vet only looked at him. As soon as he touched him he was in panic mode and so tense that our vet could hardly move his leg around anyway.

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    I had a 8 stone rottie, who was terrified of the vets shiny floor! (amongst many things)
    Our vet saw him out the back when we visited. As the muzzle he insisted Kevin wore for examination does bugger all for trashed consult room and pc on the floor with an unhappy panicking rottie who just wants to levitate off the floor! The vet was not a 'dog' person, and was terrified of Kevin. Which made things so much worse. But off the shiny floor, he made friends with my calm dog.

    But prior to this, was considering changing vets/environment.

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