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    Unhappy Cocker limping for no apperant reason...

    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.

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    Just a quick update. Carmel is doing OK but she still isn't 100%. She will put some weight on the leg but she still noticeably limps, and when she gets up from laying down it still takes her a minute to put the foot down and start bearing weight again. My mother seems pretty confident that Carmel is going to be fine, but if she isn't better by tomorrow morning I'm going to want to get her in to the vet.

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    Re: Cocker limping for no apperant reason...

    Sometimes dogs do things like we people do, just move the wrong way and twist or hurt something, and in a few days we are better. It would be nice sometimes if they could just talk and say, well dog gone it, I smacked my leg trying to hurry up the steps.

    If it was one of mine, I would give them a half of rimadyl and give it a couple of days. If your mother can move it with out pain, It sounds like a strain. If it is not better in a few days, then I would suggest X-rays to rule out anything permanant.
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    Often times... though not all the time, if you explane the situation with the vet and ask if you could make payments or what would work for you, they will a lot of the time work with you especialy if they know you and established a good vet / caring pet owner... I have done that when times were hard with my vet and I make sure that I make all payments on time and they trust me for the next time I need to do that and emergencies come up...

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    Thank you for the replies, everyone. This morning Carmel is still limping somewhat but she wolfed down her food yesterday (which I take to be a good sign0 and this morning she was chasing her ball and she even managed to jump up on the couch before we could stop her. So I'm going to take the advice given to me in this thread and just wait a couple days. If it isn't at least showing improvement on Monday I am defiantly going to get her in to the vet. Like I said money is pretty tight right now, but my vet's office has always been willing to work with me financially before, so I don't see why they wouldn't be willing to do so now. So thanks again for all the advice, and I'll keep everyone posted.

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    Arrow Re: Cocker limping for no apperant reason, help put my mind at ease please...

    So Carmel seems to be doing a bit better today, but I have a couple questions/concerns. Today, though she is still favoring the one leg, she is putting weight on the left back leg and walking, and the steps do seem a bit more normal looking to me. And before it took her a minute or do to bear weight on the foot after lying down, she seems to bear weight on it pretty much right away after getting up today, which is good. But what concerns me is that when she is standing still she puts weight on the foot, but sometimes her leg seems a little shakey, and she will move her foot around as if she doesn't know where on the floor she wants to put it. I don't know why those things are happening, and that is why I'm worried. I'm going to call the vet tomorrow and see when they can get her in, but if anyone here can help put my mind at ease in the mean time it would be much appreciated.

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    So here is the update along with a concern/question. I was going to call the vet today but my mother and I ended up deciding not to because Carmel had a really good day. Her steps look much more normal, the limp was almost gone and things seemed to be getting back on track. Then about a half hour ago my mother called me down stairs. Carmel had been playing with her ball (her favorite toy) and I don't know if she just over did it or what, but she wasn't bearing weight on that leg again. That only lasted for a minute or so before she started bearing weight again, but now she has something of a limp again. My mother and I are both confused hare. Could the leg just be sprained or something and Carmel just over did it? Any advice/insight would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance to all who reply.

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    Just me, but I'd take Camel in for a checkup anyway.

    There's a reason she was limping - and with her history of surgery it might be best to find out why. If your vet worked with finances out with you before, I'm sure they'd do it again. It would be worth it in the long run.


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    Re: Cocker limping for no apperant reason...

    You mentioned that she had the sockets removed in her hips. I think you mean she had an FHO surgery? The surgery where they cut off the side of the femur bone where it attaches into the socket of the hip? Then the hips form a false joint. That is the only reason I would take her to the vet. If she's done something to impair the false joint that has formed after she had that surgery I'd get it checked out to be on the safe side.

    My 8 month old puppy is recovering from major hip surgery. Its a topic of discussion daily around my house. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZensMom View Post
    You mentioned that she had the sockets removed in her hips. I think you mean she had an FHO surgery? The surgery where they cut off the side of the femur bone where it attaches into the socket of the hip? Then the hips form a false joint. That is the only reason I would take her to the vet. If she's done something to impair the false joint that has formed after she had that surgery I'd get it checked out to be on the safe side.

    My 8 month old puppy is recovering from major hip surgery. Its a topic of discussion daily around my house. Good luck!

    I forget the exact name of the surgery, but yes it was the surgery where the bone that goes into the hip socket is removed and the muscle forms a false joint. I was initially worried that she had hurt the false joint in some way, but when she began to put more weight on it and walk more normally (my mother said that she thought Carmel war "80% back to normal") those worries began to subside. My mother and I have decided that we are going to give it until Wednsday, and that if things aren't better we are defiantly going to get her in. Thanks for the reply, and good luck with you're puppy.

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    Re: Cocker limping for no apperant reason...

    Keep us posted! My pup is doing quite well, you'd never know he had major hip surgery two weeks ago Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZensMom View Post
    Keep us posted! My pup is doing quite well, you'd never know he had major hip surgery two weeks ago Thanks!
    I'll defiantly keep everyone updated. By the way, does anyone have any idea what the vet is going to want to do if I bring her in? Will they just want to do an X-Ray, or are there other tests they might want to do?

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    If you can afford the expense, play it on the safe side and see the vet.
    Pets are like kids and we should do whatever is with our power to ensure their safety and well being. Good luck.

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    So here is today's update so far. We had a vet appointment scheduled for later this afternoon, but its snowing here in Minnesota right now and the roads are pretty bad, so I might just reschedule for tomorrow. Carmel has had times today where she still has the limp, and other times where she is doing really well. My mother describes the leg as "weak looking", which leads her to believe that it is just a muscle strain and it will get better. Has anyone else had a dog with a muscle strain, and does what Carmel have sound like a muscle strain? Anyways, weather she goes in today or tomorrow she is probably going to go in, and I'll be sure to keep everyone updated.

    -Update- My mother called to reschedule the appointment for tomorrow, and wail she was on the phone to the vet's office she spoke with a nurse. The nurse seemed to think that whats going on is either arthurits (excuse my spelling) or an injury from running around in the yard. Her advice was to watch her for the next couple days, and if we still feel uncomfortable to bring her in then, so that is the game plan for now.
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    Here is today's update. Carmel seems to be walking pretty normally except that the leg still looks a little stiff at times and her back noticeably arches when she walks. Does anyone know what the back arching could mean? Is it something to worry about or will it likely go away on its own?

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    I don't mean to sound rude, but if you took Carmel to the vet you would know for sure what the problem was instead of having to ask members who are not in a position to make a medical diagnosis. You keep guessing at the problem then looking here for opinions. Why not reschedule that appointment and keep it, for Carmel's sake.

    Again, with Carmel's history of hip surgery, a trip to the vet should have happened sooner rather than later.

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    Were she my dog I'd have brought her right in to the vets as soon as this happenned. It's been what 6? days now? More than enough time to see she's not recovered 100% and given her history I would urge you to have her seen. It's one thing to wait a day or two if you're thinking it's a muscle strain, but this is too long now.
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