Hello, all. My eight year old buff American Cocker Spaniel had hip problems back in 2002 when she was three and had surgery to have her hip joints removed. After she recovered she walked just fine, and there haven't been any problems since. Now just today at about ten in the morning Minnesota time my mother ran to the store and took Carmel (my dog's name) with her. All was well. She didn't notice anything was wrong until Carmel got to the back steps and my mother heard her crying. When my mother tried to lead her into the house she wouldn't bear weight on her left hind leg. Within the half hour things improved a bit and she started to put some weight on the leg. Now a few hours out she is putting more weight on the leg and taking some steps (they look a bit awkward, but not as bad as before) and my mother and I both agree that she is doing a good deal better, but she still isn't back to 100% normal, and whenever she gets up from lying down she won't want to bear weight on the leg for a few seconds. Carmel let my mother manipulate the leg and she didn't appear to be in any pain. Anyways, the point is that though she has defiantly shown some improvement, I'm still worried. There is a loose board on our back steps, I'm thinking maybe Carmel caught her foot on it and stubbed her toe or something? Or could she be having a muscle spasm, or something like that? I called the vet and they said that I could just wait and see but it would be a good idea to get her in. I she needs to go to the vet we will absolutely get her there, but my Grandmother just died less then two weeks ago and finances are pretty tight right now so I'm worried about how to pay for an expensive vet visit. Has anyone else here ever experienced anything similar to this, and does anyone have any insighht as to what might be going on and what should be done about it? Thanks in advance to all who reply.