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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-07-2004, 06:51 PM Thread Starter
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My dog limps after he wakes up?

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I'm new to this board so let me introduce myself to everyone. My name is Mario and I currently am an owner of a 8 mth old Puggle (Pug and Beagle mix) named Harley. We also have 2 ferrets, Zoe and Romeo, in the household as well.

Back onto the subject line. Yes, exactly what it states, Harley limps everytime he wakes up from a long sleep. This only happens on his left back leg and he will limp on it for around 10-15 minutes and afterwards he has full use of it as if nothing every happenned and he's back to being an 8th old puppy and running and jumping around everywhere. I originaly noticed this a few weeks ago and had taken him to the vet for a check up. Harley checked out fine and the vet is thinking it might be some form of arthritis, but at such a young age I'm trying to see if it can be something else. Just this week, it seems as if his case may have gotten worse as he has begun lifting his leg up for a few minutes before putting any pressure on it. My concern is starting to escalate as I think this maybe somethng more serious. Any idea's why he might be doing this?

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PS. Btw.. Here's a few pictures of Harley

At 3 1/2 mths of age


one of his more favorite spots


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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-08-2004, 02:25 PM
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Well, I'd say it could be multiple things. My first thought was that he has had a growth spurt. It is pretty typical for large breeds, not sure on the small though, for them to have a growth spurt that causes them to "outgrow" the protective coating on their bones. This tends to cause temporary lameness in the leg. From what i've seen it will last a few weeks, and generally goes from one limb to another.

It could also be arthritis, but that seems unlikely at his age. Anything is possible. It could also be hip/elbow displacia problem. My best suggestion would be to have your vet xray the limb to get the best determination.

In the meantime if it is really painful for him you could give him some baby asprin (not tylenol.. asprin) to help ease the pain.

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(Please call your veterinarian for a dosage of baby aspirin to administer and only do so under his/her supervision.)

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Thanks... At least now I will be armed with some knowledge when I do go to the vet. I'm going to keep an eye on him a few more days to see if its something that's going to get worse.

It seems like this conditions comes and goes as today when he woke up in the morning he was not limping at all. He just got up, ran down the stairs and was waiting by the door to be let out. No limping what so ever. I don't think it is painful for him because when he was limping badly the other day I sort of massaged his leg in that area and he was letting me touch it and just stood there not pulling away from me. He didn't even care what I was doing.

The vet did an examination for some type of muscle or leg displacement and he checked out fine for that as well. I really do hope it is not arthritis at such a early age for him

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I don't have any advice but your dog is absoltuely gorgeous!! Good luck!

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No advice here either - but your doggie is gorgeous! Absolutely adorable!

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I was thinking a growth spurt also, or arthritis.

He is really cute!! I can't believe you have a beagle/pug! (we have a pug)

Good luck, and keep us posted
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you know...my yorkie had this problem in both of her legs around the same age and it turned out that she had a genetic disease called Legg Perthus. this can only be seen by x-ray. it's where the ball of the hip joint begans to deteriorate because the body doesn't supply it any blood. it only affect these 2 parts of the body (1 for each hip). you may want to get it cked! this is exactly what happened to penny!!

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you know...my yorkie had this problem in both of her legs around the same age and it turned out that she had a genetic disease called Legg Perthus. this can only be seen by x-ray. it's where the ball of the hip joint begans to deteriorate because the body doesn't supply it any blood. it only affect these 2 parts of the body (1 for each hip). you may want to get it cked! this is exactly what happened to penny!!
So what was the outcome?
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she had to have hip surgery on both hips. they just completely removed the ball on the hip bone. her leg is held onto her body by muscle only. she gets around fine, but does limp occasionally. even though she doesn't need it, i trained her to use a step to get on the couch because it's not good for her to jump up and down. when she was allowed on the bed, i had 2 big steps for her. she still runs and plays etc...she just limps. she may need pain meds when she is much older.

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Question about Harley

Hi Mario,
I am interested in a puggle myself. I can't find a breeder ANYWHERE on the east coast.
Can I email you personally about some questions I have?
Please let me know your email address.
Thanks! Alicia
ps. he is so cute!! I am glad he is no longer limping as much when he wakes up!
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well.. i can't really help you with this problem. my best guess would also be arthritis and growth spurt but i know that your probably sick of hearing that. anyways, lovely looking dog. just gorgeous. i love the way he looks.
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Hi Mario
Given her age, I'd be wondering if she injured herself somehow and you weren't aware of it. Could she have jumped off something tall like the bed or a chair, or hurt herself playing rough with another dog?
I'd also think of something congenital such as hip displasia or some form of arthitis (like everyone else has alre).

Even though the symptoms seem to come and go I think a vet visit is in order. Given his age, I'd want to know what was causing it and perhaps prevent anything more serious developing in the future.

Jade is correct, check with your vet before administering any analgesic (baby aspirin) to get the exact and proper dosage.

I'm sorry Harley is having this problem and I hope you can get to the bottom of it and put an end to it quickly.
Good Luck and let us know what the vet says. I'll be hoping it's something simple to take care of and that it's temporary and easy to cure
Give her a belly scratch for me and tell her I hope she feels better real soon.


The pictures of her are adorable She looks like such a sweetie!
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