limping after every long nap
My english cocker spaniel puppy has been limping after EVERY long nap. It started about 5 months, he is now just 7 months old.
It looks like he is really stiff and it wears of after about 1-2 mins or a walk across the room. It's not one leg but looks general - all over or just front legs? Sorry - but it's hard to tell as it just seems all over. It happens where ever he is sleeping - crate or dog bed, floor.
He is fine walking other times, he is otherwise healthy. He recently got neutered and his blood tests was clear.
His parents were 'good' for the hip dysplasia test. I was wondering if it was arthritis like in humans it's worse in morning after not using joints?
I didn't know if I needed to go to the vet - as nothing would be wrong to show him there. Or if this is completely normal - just being stiff after sleeping?
Last edited by Gingergal; 12-05-2009 at 03:41 PM.
Re: limping after every long nap
Lameness at this age can be associated with Osteo Chondritis Dessicans, a disease of the cartilege in the joints. It can also be an early indicator of a hip or elbow problem. And it could be Panosteitis, an inflammation of the lining of the long bones of the front and rear limbs. This would be uncommon in a dog the size of yours, but not impossible.
Originally Posted by Gingergal
If it were my puppy I would want an appointment with an orthopedic specialist to find out what is going on.
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