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Sheltie puppy limps after every nap.

Discussion in 'General Health' started by angelnov90gmail.com, Jul 23, 2019.

  1. angelnov90gmail.com

    angelnov90gmail.com Forums Regular

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    Hi,

    I just got a 5 month old from a reputable breeder. He couldn't make it into conformation because one of his back leg or ankles isn't completely straight. It's hard to notice without someone pointing it out. He runs and walks fine but after every nap, he limps on that one leg for a few seconds and then he's all better. I first thought because he was sleeping awkwardly in his crate, his leg fell asleep, but it's always that one leg. I had the vet examine it during his check up and after a few minutes she didn't find anything wrong. She says that sometimes smaller breeds accidentally pop their joints and then pop it back in place. Has anyone ever experienced this? The breeder, who's very sweet, said she saw him do it once but he probably did it more and she didn't notice because she has a lot of them in her house running around.
     
  2. ghggp

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    Congrats on your new puppy! So sorry to hear about the limp however!

    My gut tells me you should see a specialist in bones. They develop so fast and he might grow out of it. Then again, he might need extra help and support. As he is so very young it might be money well spent to reassure both of you.

    Good luck.
    Let us know how it goes!
     
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  3. SheepOfBlue

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    Yep a CERTIFIED chiropractor will find things a regular vet will not (the one I used for Sca was certified AND a vet). Stay FAR away from someone that is not certified as they could hurt the puppy. Good luck and likely just a thing to worry on rather than real problem.
     
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  4. Ann

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    I second Sheep's suggestion to see a good chiropractor. I use one for my dogs who is also a vet. If you can find someone like that, it's your best bet. A qualified chiro practitioner can really help with issues like you're describing.
     
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  5. Piper's mom

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    I recall another Sheltie owner locally having something similar, she took him to many specialists and X-rays etc but couldn't find the cause of the limp. She did end up getting his GCh and is now doing Rally and soon agility so I'm assuming he out grew it. I agree though, a certified chiropractor is probably the best way to go.
     
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  6. angelnov90gmail.com

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    What is GCH?
     
  7. angelnov90gmail.com

    angelnov90gmail.com Forums Regular

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    Why did your Sheltie need one and what ended up happening?
     
  8. Piper's mom

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    Grand Champion (conformation)
     
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  9. SheepOfBlue

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    Sca raced flyball and was slowing down a LOT. So I was worried. I took him to the vet and they said no problem. I took him to the Dr that was also certified chiropractor (I know that sounds fanatical but a hack really can hurt the dog). She found he had his shoulder and back out and all of his toes. We went back in a month and he was mostly still in. Then I took him about every 3 months. In the words of a knowledgable Sheltie breeder he was a bit 'rangy' (I asked) in other words long in the body. Also he was a wild man and threw himself around quite a bit.
     
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  10. angelnov90gmail.com

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    Oh if I still see him limp after he is fully grown then I’ll take him to one and probably not have him do sports. Bummer.
     

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