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    Defaultlimping with rear leg

    Cooper will sometimes limp for short period of time. It is never serious and he does not seem to be in any pain. A couple of times at the park he limped slightly, but a few minutes later he was all right. I checked to make sure nothing was stuck in his paw. It looks like he is walking without bending his left rear leg.

    Last night at his agility class, the teacher thought he was limping. Neither me nor my husband had even noticed anything, but when watching very closely, you could see a slight limp. He seems to be fine today, he was running in the house this morning with my husband playing catch and chase.

    He has always run lopsided, many people have even commented on how funny he runs. We just thought it was Cooper being Cooper, never thought there could be anything actually wrong.

    We are thinking of taking him to the vet to see if there are any problems. Would you think we should go to our regular vet, or see a specialist (and what type of specialist would it be?) The teacher said it could even be something like the growth plates didnít form properly and suggested getting x-rays taken. I hope this is nothing serious. Any idea of what this may be or what is causing this ?

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    DefaultRe: limping with rear leg

    How old? Could be cruciate, could be ACL, could be OCD. Check with your vet but a trip to an ortho vet may be in order. In the meantime, strict rest and leash walks only.
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    DefaultRe: limping with rear leg

    he is 3.5 years old. today he seems fine.

    what is ACL and OCD ? would they both have sporadic limping as a symptom. the limping is never severe. it just happens every so often and lasts for a short time. it could just be 5 minutes and then he is better or the next day he is fine until the next time it happens several weeks later.

    I decided to go see an ortho vet that was recommended to me by regular vet ( appt is on tuesday) as I don't want to have to see 2 vets in as in all likelihood a referral would be needed plus there is the possibilitty of having a second set of x-rays taken if the specialist does not like the angle of the first x-rays were taken.

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    DefaultRe: limping with rear leg

    Quote Originally Posted by coopers mom
    It looks like he is walking without bending his left rear leg.
    I wonder if he has an issue with his patella?

    Whatever it is, if you don't see a huge improvemtent with a couple of days rest, I'd start at your vet and ask for a referral to an orthopedic specialist if necessary.

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    DefaultRe: limping with rear leg

    Our female did that, she would limp after playing really hard and then be fine a couple of hours later, but we blamed it on the other dog playing too rough with her. Then one day we noticed she had been limping for a while so we took her in to the vet and found out she had torn her ACL and meniscus and needed TPLO. Our vet did all the diagnosing and for the surgery sent us 3 hours away to an Ortho. vet. I would take her in to the vet and have them look at him and see what they say. If you have any questions about TPLO let me know, we are 7 weeks post surgery right now so it's all very recent.

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