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I have been riding/running with my 5 year old /german shorthair/chocolate

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I have been riding/running with my 5 year old /german shorthair/chocolate lab mix. Quite suddenly I noticed her limping, so I stopped for a few days and she seemed to want to run with me every time I went out. I took her back out after a few days rest and with a shortened and slower run. Now she is getting progressively worse. Has trouble getting up and down. Once she seems to work it out like sore muscles, she seems better, but gets all stiff and sore again after resting. Should I take her in for xrays or something.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 2 years ago.
Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today.
What leg is she favoring?
How long ago has this been an issue for Gidget?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
She is favoring her back, right leg.For about 3 weeks. I haven't taken her out at all for fear I will do something else.
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 2 years ago.
Thank you,
If she has had intermittent lameness in a hind leg for that period of time, then I do think this is a situation where an examination +/- xray would be indicated.
Based on your history, we'd not be thinking nerve damage or hip dislocation. As well, even hairline fractures would be less likely for Gidget. And while it is possible that this is a niggling muscle strain/sprain that needs a course of dog safe anti-inflammatories (ie Metacam, Rimadyl, Onsior, etc); I am concerned that she may have damaged her cruciate ligament in her knee. Hopefully, it is just a partial tear if she has traumatized this ligament but as she isn't improving after this extended period of rest then a check at least would be best. Especially since she is too have stiffness that warms with exercise due to arthritis (though hip dysplasia underlying would be a concern) and therefore this is significant even despite this extended period of rest you have given her.
Please take care,
Dr B.