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I posted several weeks ago about how Zoe kept picking up one of her rear legs for about a minute (like a leg cramp) and then would put it down. She exhibited no pain and happily runs around and plays while the leg is up. I talked to the vet about it a month ago when she went in for her shots. He watched her walk, felt her leg, did some reflex stuff and said it looks ok. He said there was a small chance it was arthritis but he doubted it because she's so young (1 year in September). Before this only happened when she got up from laying down, usually in her crate (which is huge). Now it's happening much more often, about twice a day, and can stay up for up to 10 minutes.

It still doesn't seem to cause her any pain and she doesn't mind if we touch it. I took some pictures so what do you guys think? Should I take her back and get X-rays done? I've been trying to read up on hip, elbow, and shoulder displaysia but it seems everything says that happens in large dogs and she's only 40lbs. Anyways, enough rambling, here are the pics.

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I would talk to the vet again and maybe ask if there is a specialist who can look at it. If it's getting worse there must be something going on.
 

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Poor kid. i would definatly get an x ray since it is getting worse not better. did he mention anything about a luxating patella (sp)? It is more common in smaller dogs but it is worth asking about. She fits some of the same symptoms. Im not a doctor but x rays are still may not be a bad idea. Good luck and keep us informed.
 

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Cruciate ligament rupture is the most common canine knee injury. Limping or refusing to use a leg is the norm for this condition. The video (for which I am providing a link) explains the condition in detail, including how to manipulate the knee to detect a rupture. Perhaps if you watch it, you will be able to tell if your vet did a thorough exam.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jg9E2nBt_E
 

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thanks for that video post, but I don't think that's quite what she's got. The examination looked very similar to what the vet did and he said she seemed normal. Also, when Zoe's leg is up, it stays up while she moves, so she's kinda hopping on the other back leg.

We did notice this week that if we tell her to sit when her leg is up like that, it usually corrects the issue. Could it possibly be her knee cap moving out of place?
 

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If it is the knee cap moving out of place, your vet should have been able to diagnose luxating patella upon examination. All About Eva did mention luxating patella in her previous post.
 

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Sorry All About Eva, I had remembered someone mentioning it but thought it might have been from my post when the problem first presented itself.

My husband and I were discussing the issue last night. We had to bring Zoe out of town with us for a funeral. While we were staying with my in-laws, Zoe got her normal food (Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul) but was also able to scavenge the other dogs food (not sure what it was, probably a purina or something) as well as any cat food that may have been within her reach. We noticed she only had one leg cramp in the 4 days we were there. Yesterday she only had 1 and this morning she already had 2. Could there be something missing in her food that would be causing this? She normally gets just Chicken Soup twice a day with some canned Nature's Recipe twice a week.
 

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Heck whats the harm in trying. If you think it could be the food, try a switch. I hope thats it. I have never heard of it in dogs but muscle cramping due to food in humans is very possible. Like I said whats the harm in trying. Good luck I know you must be super frustrated at this point.
 

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thanks, I put up a post over in the Dog Food section. Maybe some people will have opinions over there. She's getting low on the CS anyways, so I guess now's a good time to try a change.
 

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My lab just had the luxating Patellae surgery. I thought it was cramps at first. He is doing very well. The doc sedated him so that he could manipulate his led to see what it was. Shoot me an email if you have any questions. [email protected]
 
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