Tuesday, October 23, 2007

The Case of the Mystery Limp

I've got a hitch in my gait...

Who knows why... it happens when I lie down for a while and then get back up. But not all the time. Sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn't. It's been this way for 3 weeks... it comes, it goes. On Sunday my limp appeared while I was playing at the doggie park... first time that ever happened.

Mom took me home, and I was fine for the rest of the night. Her and Daddy did all kinds of "flexion tests" on my leg but I just fell asleep while they were moving it around. So clearly I wasn't in any pain then. They had me make turns, pivot using that leg and everything- no limp.

Monday morning I limped when Mom took me out on a walkies but was perfectly sound when Dad took me to daycare. Last night after daycare (no limping at all during the day) Mom stopped to talk to our neighbor and I laid down at her feet and when they finished talking and I got up to walk with her my limp was back! Argh!

Mom is confused. I'm only 3, I can't have arthritis yet can I? She is leaving for a work trip and wants to get me checked out (I also need my Therapy Dog paperwork completed) before she leaves so my Grandparents won't have to worry about my mysterious limp.

We won't even discuss the fact that Mommy is deserting me for two whole weeks because of work... that's a totally different pouting post.

2 comments:

Rhonda Hurwitz said...

Iwanted to know if this ever went away. I'm dealing with something remarkably similar with my 5 yr old sheltie..the vet did all sorts of xrays, now treating her for arthritis. Did your dog ever get better? worse? so curious...

jlatta said...

I am dealing with the same issue with my 3 year old Sheltie, Lucy. She has had X-rays. The vet has ruled out any bone problems as well as arthritis. She has been taking it easy for over one week and she is still limping around. It is her front left leg. When my Sheltie's leg is manipulated by the vet or myself, she does not appear to have any pain and does not flinch at all. It seems worse after she's been laying around for a whle. I do notice her paw pads are kind of thin, dry and cracked but it doesn't coincide with the problem being worse after resting. I am looking after her paws in the meantime but I'm not sure what to do next?