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?