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Old 09-29-2009, 03:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I noticed on the weekend that when Chelsea goes down stairs she hold her right back leg up, of course it's always a race to see who makes it down first, eventhough she's the only one racing, when I mentionned it to my DH he said "Oh she's been doing that for a long time", when I take her for her walks, no problem, she gets lots of off leash time, no problems, then last night she was sleeping on her bed in livingroom she got up and she was limping, she didn't want to put her weight on that leg. For last night maybe she was just sleeping in a bad position, but why would she not want to put weight on her leg when going down stairs, of course I've now been watching her like a hawk, seems every step she takes I see something, DH thinks I'm paranoid, I probably am, having had a GSD that had hip dysplesia and then DM. Chelsea went to the vet for her annual checkup 3 weeks ago and she was fine. Any suggestions of why she would be holding that leg up, or is it just a habit, that's the way she goes down stairs. That what my DH thinks.
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Old 09-29-2009, 04:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I once in awhile think Jax walks with a limp. I think sometimes he is just "working something out" like how you will see a person shift their weight and readjust a bit while walking. Jax almost ALWAYS looks funny when he goes down our 3 steps from kitchen to garage. He almost walks completely on his front legs. he sometimes will either skip all the steps with his backs, and jump to the bottom, but yet his front legs go down each one normal. Or he will use one rear leg on the second step. This is especially when he is in a hurry. Going up, he looks normal. I used to wonder if he was in pain, but once he got down the stairs, and outside, he would run like he11. He has never went down more than those 3 steps, so not sure what he would do on a full set. (he looks at us wistfully when se go down to the basement to do laundry, lol.

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Old 09-29-2009, 04:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Maybe she's a pulled muscle or something like that - it's always harder to use stairs than walk on the flat. Perhaps you could keep her from using the stairs for a few days and see if it settles down.?
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Old 09-29-2009, 04:45 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I don't think any of my dogs use all four feet going down the stairs. However the limping when she woke up is something else to consider - it may be a touch of arthritis. Valentine used to be like that - after she'd been sleeping, she'd limp for a while until her knee "warmed up", and then she'd be fine. She was pretty young when it started, maybe five or so. If it's just a one-time thing I'd just keep an eye on it, but if it starts happening more often a trip to the vet is probably a good idea - it may be a torn or stretched ligament, and those are best caught early rather than late!
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