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    Young Dawg (Member)

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    Unhappy Back Leg Worries

    My one year old Great Pyrenees has been having some trouble with her back legs. About a month ago, she was playing in the yard and seemed to have strained her back left leg. She held her leg up initially, not putting any weight, but then walked it right off and kept on playing. The next couple days she seemed unusually stiff, but didn't whine, yelp, or show me any signs of pain. Tail still wagging, excited, happy. My husband attributed it to a strained or sprained muscle, and she healed on her own. This has happened a couple more times since then, and these second and third times did not seem nearly as bad at all, all while she was playing really hard and running in the yard. (Trying to keep up with the 2 year old psychopathic pit-lab mix with neverending energy!) Each time, she seems ok after she walks it off. I know Pyrenees can be prone to hind leg diseases, and I've been doing my research, to the point that I'm becoming a very anxious dog mom, and my husbands response is "she's fine!".

    Does anyone have any personal experience with this?

    Is this something that can wait until our next biannual checkup, which is in 2 or 3 months, or does anyone think this is something we should get checked out immediately?

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    Welcome to the Forum!

    I am so sorry to hear that your sweet girl is having issues. If it were me, I would go ahead and take her in, just to be on the safe side. If your husband is dead-set against it, you might try making a compromise along the lines of, “Okay, we’ll wait, but the next time this happens, she’s going to see the Vet ASAP”. If she does have an injury to one of her ligaments, you definitely don’t want her to make it worse.

    A few months ago, I came home to Sebastian not being able to bear weight on one of his hind legs. I took him in, the vet diagnosed him with a CCL tear (the dog equivalent to an ACL), and recommended that we follow up with a surgeon. I took the conservative care route, and tried my best to keep him on restricted activity (easier said than done at our house, as I, too, have a hyperactive lab mix). He was on anti inflammatory medication for a few days, and I started him on Cosequin supplements. He seems to be fine. I have a plan in place for if he does need to see a specialist, but I would like to avoid surgery with him if at all possible, for a number of reasons.

    Please keep us posted on how she is doing!
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    Welcome TELAmae...and family...and your girl's name is?

    I tend to take my dogs in if something like this happens more than once, just as SebastiansMom suggested....
    I would agree...try to keep her calm ( I know with a 1 year old that's not easy) at least until her next appointment if that's what your husband would agree with...when you make the appointment be sure to tell your vet your concerns so that if he/she needs to do an xray one can be done at the time of her appointment...I would also have her knees checked...if not a CCL, you might ask them to check for luxating patells

    Let us know how she gets along!

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    Thank you so much for your quick replies. I'm hoping we can compromise to take her in on Monday. I used my sweet girls name as my username, both our doggie kiddos are named after Phish songs, and her name is Tela and the psychopath lab mix is Stash. Very nice to find a forum especially for my Pyr

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    Hi there. I am assuming you re talking about the same leg giving your puppy trouble I would take her to get checked out sooner rather than later. If is knee injury, it needs to be addressed asap so to prevent further injury. Knee surgeries can be ruinously expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jewel View Post
    Hi there. I am assuming you re talking about the same leg giving your puppy trouble I would take her to get checked out sooner rather than later. If is knee injury, it needs to be addressed asap so to prevent further injury. Knee surgeries can be ruinously expensive.
    It was the same leg twice, but the third time (which was super mild and didn't even seem to bother her that much) was on the other leg. It's crazy b/c she doesn't seem to be in any pain, and sometimes her legs look totally normal and others she seems stiff and achy. We're going to hit up the vet on Monday and trying to keep calm until then -- both myself and Tela!

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    Having had a recent knee injury myself, I can tell you that getting it checked sooner than later is the smarter move. I've had a broken feet earlier this year and learned what Jewel said the hard way. Now with the knee, I am a lot more careful.

    Pyrs do seem to have hip issues. I would xray them just to make sure there isn't hip or joint problems. This typically is done around 2 years when their bones finish developing. I had one of my dogs xrayed 2 times because I got so paranoid. They do typically have to sedate your dog in order to see your her from difficult angles. My parents are physicans, there is a saying that chances are your dog is going to be fine but wouldn't you rather have a peace of mind since this has happened more than once?

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    Since Tela seems happy and healthy, and no more scary leg accidents have occurred, we have decided to wait until her next vet appointment in early February. If we see anything else happen, she will go ASAP. I would take her tomorrow if it were me, just for peace of mind and to put my anxiety to rest, but the responsibility for caring for this pup is between my husband and I, and his opinion matters too. She seems to be walking and running just fine, and has her usual puppy energy. I am trying to keep her a little calmer, taking her for walks more frequently in order to prevent any running/jumping/zoomies that could cause those legs to strain again. I'll update in February once I know what's going on. Thank you all for your advice and well wishes.

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    thanks for keeping us informed.....hoping Tela doesn't have any more incidents for you to be concerned about....totally understand that this is a decision to be made by her family...after all, you are the ones who know her best & are dedicated to keeping her happy & healthy!

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    We ended up having to go to the vet early to take care of ANOTHER bladder infection (its been 3 for her in her first year or so of life)!!! She's a whopping 130 pounds by the way, I couldn't believe it! And STILL GROWING. At the vet, I mentioned the back leg scares we've had and he took some xrays. Her skeletal system looks fine, however, her joints are not so good. The vet noticed that her back legs bow out, and her front paws turn out, and orthopedically every single limb looks like it has something wrong with it. He sent us home with a prescription of supplements and Royal Canin Junior Giant Breed dog food. A week later we were back at the vet, what would be her wrist had swollen to the size of a tennis ball. I told him that I also noticed a popping sound in her back legs and the straining of her back legs is happening more frequently now, I'd say twice a week. Now we're on anti-inflammatories and painkillers, and she hasn't been herself and it's just heartbreaking. Basically the vet told me that she is just going to be prone to these injuries and there's not much we can do except make her comfortable.

    I'm trying to be patient and wait it out. Husband agreed that we should get a second opinion, so we're taking her to a vet that works with the rescue we got her from and has an orthopedic background. Don't get me wrong, I love my vet, and he's great when it comes to the everyday shots and checkups, but I think we've got a more serious problem going on here and I will be getting a second opinion Monday afternoon. I'm just not satisfied with the painkillers for life and "make her comfortable" mentality -- she's just a puppy! Just over a year old. Hoping we can get to the bottom of this and give her a better quality of life than the one she's been having. I've started saving $ for surgery just in case that is a thing, and I'm currently writing out a list of every single problem I've noticed with her and trying to pinpoint when it happened and what she was doing, etc. WHEW.

    Just wanted to update. Keep Miss Tela in your thoughts while we try to figure this all out! I'm going to try to figure out how to post a picture of my majestic queen so you can see what a sweet baby she is <3

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