- 3 years ago
- Wedding: June 2011
Please note that I will take him to the vet if this persists – I grew up with dogs and take very good care of them, so I will be sure to seek medical attention if it continues. It just seems kinda odd…
Our male dog, who is in excellent health and has no medical issues, has yelped and then proceeded to hold his back right leg up 4 separate times in the past 2 weeks. He isn’t stepping on anything, jumping, twisting, or doing anything that may cause an injury – just walking around the house when this happens (I have witnessed the entire thing 3 out of the 4 times)
I, of course, get insanely worried something is wrong and immediately feel around his leg once it happens. I gently poke, squeeze, and massage his leg, hipbone, and toes to see if something causes a reaction out of him (so I know at least where the issue is) but he doesn’t get tense, bothered, yelp, etc. during my “examination”. He just sits there letting me feel around, completely unbothered.
He’ll spend about 1 minute favoring the leg, then all is back to normal and he’s jumping, running, walking, and doing all his normal activities without a limp or anything. Then, a few days later, it happens again.
To add to the story, I am also pregnant and starting to show. My husband has been much more attentive to me than normal and although we pay quite a bit of attention to him (the dog, not my husband) and his sister, they haven’t been lavished in as much attention as they usual get. I suspect he knows I am pregnant, as he doesn’t leave my side when I am home, sleeps closer to me during the night, and also wakes up and follows me into the bathroom for my multiple nightly bathroom trips. He’s always been very smart and in tune with me, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s noticed a difference.
So, what do you think is going on? A coworker said her dog started to act differently when she was pregnant, which makes me wonder if it’s real or “fake”. I don’t want to ignore a sign of injury, but I also don’t want to spend $400 on xrays to find out that he’s completely healthy and just wants some additional attention.