I have an 11 year old German Short-haired Pointer
. He has had a very active and full of exercise life and is in good looking physical condition. Every vet he has ever been too has commented positively on his muscle
tone for example. Its because of this active life I am worried about his older age and his body standing up strong.
Recently, over the last few months I have been noticing a cracking sound coming from I think his rear legs
, perhaps knees when he lays down or gets up. Not every time, but often. During the last few days he has a couple times now favored a back leg, as I lifting it off the ground and walking
on the other three legs. I move his legs when this happens, and get him walking an everything seems good, he never yelps or anything.
Some details about him. He has always been a stoic for discomfort, never really letting on any problems unless they are major-ish. And 9 years ago when hew was young he got hit by a big truck and it damage/crushed the cartilage between his back hips/things. We had to nurse him back to health with very light duty for about 6 weeks. The vet at the time told me he had healed up great though, and being a fast and easy healer has always been something about his as well - ie heals up little wounds or cuts super fast also.
What I want to know is why is this starting now, is it arthritus and just some pain thatsw making his fel like he shouldn’t put weight on th eleg or is there some other issue with his breed ? Or perhaps his history of 1+ hour(s) 5 times a week of exercise (running/fetching and or swimming) could be the cause of some other issue.
Any help you can give is greatly appreciated.
Matt & Ferris.