(Closed) Dog actually hurt or "faking it"? Also, I'm pregnant

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 2
2017 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

My Boxer did something like this. Took him for an xray and he has just a little bit of arthritis. He’d hold his leg like it really hurt, then after 20 minutes would act fine. 


Post # 3
4541 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

It could very well be a ligament tear or nerve damage from a previous overly-happy jump etc. I would take him to the vet and see what they say.

Post # 4
2442 posts
Buzzing bee

Sometimes when one of my dogs nails gets too long (even the upper ones on the legs) he’ll get like that randomly. He’ll limp around for a bit then be perfectly fine. 

FYI I’m pregnant and my dog hasn’t changed one bit. He still tries to sit on me and leans on my stomach even though I’m big now (37 weeks).

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Post # 5
194 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: Backyard

I could see your dog becoming more clingy towards you and perhaps showing anxiety with regards to separation, but I’ve never heard of a dog “faking” an injury. In general, they tend to hide pain a lot better than we humans do – I’d be inclined to think with your dog’s reaction, something is genuinely hurting him. How old is your dog? I had a dog in the past that would spontaneously growl or yelp as though in pain when she was a bit older as a result of stiff joints and mild arthritis – never confirmed with x-ray, but discussed with a vet and ended up putting her on glucosamine for joint health (could also use something like Metacam). It helped enormously.

Post # 6
9102 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I doubt this has anything to do with your pregnancy.

I would take him to the vet. My dog has very minor hip displaysia and exhibits similar symptoms to this.

My neighbor is a vet and has given him a quick exam when she’s been at our house and says she can feel crackling in his joints which is probably why he helps/limps and is a sign of hip displaysia since he walks differently on that leg rather than the other.

Post # 7
1150 posts
Bumble bee

I believe you should get your dog checked out as the previous PPers mentioned just to be sure.

I have witnessed a dog “faking it.” Dogs are INCREDIBLY smart and can “act” to get what they want.  I routinely visit my sister-in-law’s house and there has been many instances that this dog from the neighbors has dragged its hind legs (imagine upward dog if you guys do yoga) across the street. The main purpose the dog does this is to get sympathy from drivers in traffic to stop so the dog can cross the street. After it does, plops it’s back on all fours casually making its way to its friend’s backyard. Was fooled by this dog on multiple occasions…

Post # 10
7421 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Have the vet do an X-ray check for osteosarcoma (bone cancer). The symptoms are consistent. The symptoms are also consistent with 100 other things. But the invasion rate of osteosarcoma means early detection is critical. 

Post # 11
5968 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

cooperlove:  I LOVE dogs, but really doubt they have the capacity to fake it. I recently took my dog in because he started not using one of his legs and the vet said it is a luxating patella – his knee cap moves. He said there are varying grades and right now he should be fine, but might need surgery in the future. Might be that??

PS- he started acting just fine the next day and it hasn’t happened since

Post # 12
2021 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I thought my dog was faking it too but when it persisted I took her in and she was diagnosed with luxating patella – Google it and see if that’s what’s going on 

Post # 13
90 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

On friday my dog kept kicking her right leg. We thought she hurt it. She had swollen anal gland that would have been infected in another week or so! Never would have guessed that! Could be anything so best to check. 🙂 

Post # 14
2682 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

averria:  maybe he has an itch and is scratching it on the road surface. Or about a dozen other possible explanations. 

But, more importantly, why the hell is this dog routinely running loose in traffic?

Post # 15
604 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Outdoor

My cat all of a sudden started limping and crying when getting up and laying down one night- we checked his leg and foot and didn’t see any painful reaction, but since he was still limpin we took him to the vet the next day- the vet was much more thorough with her check and when she tried to extend his hip he screamed and tried to get away. Turned out he had spontaneously fractured his hip and needed surgery. I’m not sure if I would have acted as promptly if it had been intermittent… Do you take him for annual check ups? If not a special trip at least mention it next time you take him.

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