Dirk_puslich 2009-07-19 11:53:39
Hello. I have a 3 1/2 year old Border Collie that is having weird
problem. After resting for a while and sometimes jumping off
furniture (after resting), she lifts her rear right leg for 10 or 15
seconds and only uses the other three. Then she seems to be fine.
Sometimes when she runs down stairs she will lift that leg, and
sometimes when she jumps off furniture she won’t let that leg hit the
After 10 or 15 seconds it doesn’t seem to bother her and she has no
problem running full tilt at the park or doing everything else.
I was worried that it might be dysplasia but I took her to the vet who
did hip x-rays and everything seemed fine on the xrays. The vet had
her take Rimadyl (spelling??) for a couple of weeks and we had her
rest as much as possible, but it didn’t really go away. The vet seems
a bit stumped and thought it could be something like her patella
popping out when she rests and it takes a few seconds for it to pop
It’s been about 2 months now and I still notice it every other day or
so. It seems to happen more after she’s been to the park or had
The weird thing to me is that she is completely fine and doesn’t limp
10 seconds or so after getting up, every single time. She will be
resting for a while, jump off the couch and limp for 10 seconds, then
I could take her outside and she will go crazy with no obvious pain or
Has anyone encountered this or have any thoughts on what it might
Tee 2009-07-19 11:53:53
Did the vet check her knee? ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tears tend to
start with non-constant favoring of the effected leg. IME it tends to be
misdiagnosed as arthritis or a sprain and treated with Rimadyl or Deramaxx
first. My Min. Dachshund used to get muscle sprains alot so when she tore
her ACL it took about a month to finally figure out this wasn’t a sprain or
Rocky 2009-07-21 01:36:55
Dirk Puslich said in rec.pets.dogs.health:
Sorry, I have no idea what it could be, but you describe very
typical Border Collie behaviour in that it doesn’t *seem* to
bother her while she’s having fun.
It’s great that you had X-rays done and that they didn’t show
CHD, but X-rays don’t show soft tissue or ligament damage. This
should be explored with your vet. A friend’s Border Collie had
an ACL tear that required 2 months of extremely limited
activity, a near impossible task with a BC.
–Matt. Rocky’s a Dog.