As most of you know, I spent a large part of July trying to figure out why Simon was NQR. It has half gone away, and half improved by a mix of strategies we’re currently working through. Of course we can’t be drama free in the Mauldin household, and another creature is showing lameness signs… but it’s not a horse.
Pascale has been NQR for the past few weeks, and I’m concerned she has signs of hip dysplasia.
At the house and on walks, she’s been entirely normal but about two weeks ago I took her to the barn on the weekend. There she usually plays hard with a few young dogs her age.
On Saturday, I noticed at the barn she was holding one of her hind legs up funny for a minute but I figured it was because the ground was very hot where she was standing and she was getting her pads off the heat. She’s done that before walking on hot pavement… I swear this dog has 0 heat tolerance for a Texas dog, but I digress.
Then on Saturday night she seemed extra stiff. I was worried, and wanted to keep her calm for a few days in case she tweaked something. However she woke up Sunday morning fine, was fine for her morning walk/jog and so we headed to the barn.
Out there, she played but at one point when her and her dog friend were wresting she just cried out and then limped a lot. Of course then I really worried. We gave her baby aspirin, and decided if she wasn’t feeling better in a few days then she would go to the vet. In about 24 hours she was totally normal.
Being the crazy googler I am (did you know PetWebMD exists now? ) I tried to learn everything I could about hip dysplasia. I realized that she has some of the symptoms, including a very ‘hip swinging walk’ and reluctance sometimes to push up on the couch with her hips. When she’s first out of her crate, she tends to “bunny hop” or run with both of her hind legs pushing off at the same time. I also see her act limpy usually when she jumps up or down on or off of something, but it’s not consistent. She also likes to sleep with her legs STRAIGHT out, but I don’t know if that’s her quirk or related.
Now I’m sure you’re all yelling “TAKE HER TO THE VET” on my screen, but we have a very chill vet. Everytime I come in there with an “OMG MY DOG IS DYING FROM BLAH PLEASE FIX” he kind of thinks I’m a crazy person and responds with, “She probably ate a bug. We’ll watch her.”
This past weekend she went to the barn and played like normal. I noticed her limping very slightly once or twice after she got up, but there was no crying or anything like the week prior. She also laid down a bit, but only while I was riding and it’s hard to tell if she was laying down from pain or because it was hot.
Anyway, my plan is to keep an eye on her and obviously take her to the vet if she gets worse. From my reading, it seems like most hip dysplasia dogs are treated medically instead of surgically, so I’m going to start with giving her Glucosamine and fish oil. I figure it can only help! It’s also very important to keep her active and on the thin side, which shouldn’t be a problem.
Now about a week and a half after the “hurty” weekend, she’s acting 100% normal. Perhaps I am just paranoid! Actually, I’m most likely just paranoid. She went from teeny tiny starved puppy to GIANT lanky teenager in a matter of weeks, so not sure if the sudden onset of nutrition led to some drastic growth spurt that caused some issues. Either way, I’m not going to worry about it too much now.
Do any of you have experience with a young dog with bad hips?