hind leg concern
#1
my 3 year old collie is lifting his back leg when gets up to stand, but it only lasts for a few steps, then he stands on it as normal. is this anything to be concerned about? When we go for walks he's perfectly OK. I'm worried that I may be doing more harm by taking him for walks. I've been moving his leg gently in different directions and he doesn't seem to mind so it seems like he's not in any pain. 
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#2
I would certainly have a vet look at it if it is ongoing. Perhaps not as a matter of urgency but plan for it. There are so many possibilities, pain can be a funny thing and depend on whether the limb is weight bearing at the time or if and how muscles are being engaged. Initially standing up puts more demands on the limbs that walking and clearly this is when he feels it most. For example, My right shoulder is arthritic from injuries, if I am laying on my right side when I wake up, rolling to my back is initially excruciating but within minutes of movement it is fine. Sitting here typing this, I have pain shooting around all over the place including deferred pain down my arm. If I use my left arm to lift and move around my right arm there is no pain or discomfort at all. Today I will do heavy work and there most likely won't be much pain but when I stop for lunch, getting started again will be painful. If he is not showing symptoms when on his walks, I would keep doing for now but perhaps not over exert him. Remember that canines are stoic creatures and often have a high tolerance for discomfort when there is fun to be had.
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(01-29-2018, 12:44 PM)Trifan Wrote: I would certainly have a vet look at it if it is ongoing. Perhaps not as a matter of urgency but plan for it. There are so many possibilities, pain can be a funny thing and depend on whether the limb is weight bearing at the time or if and how muscles are being engaged. Initially standing up puts more demands on the limbs that walking and clearly this is when he feels it most. For example, My right shoulder is arthritic from injuries, if I am laying on my right side when I wake up, rolling to my back is initially excruciating but within minutes of movement it is fine. Sitting here typing this, I have pain shooting around all over the place including deferred pain down my arm. If I use my left arm to lift and move around my right arm there is no pain or discomfort at all. Today I will do heavy work and there most likely won't be much pain but when I stop for lunch, getting started again will be painful. If he is not showing symptoms when on his walks, I would keep doing for now but perhaps not over exert him. Remember that canines are stoic creatures and often have a high tolerance for discomfort when there is fun to be had.

The curious thing Trifan is that he's definitely not in any pain as he wasn't wimpering or uncomfortable when I was moving it around.
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#4
He doesn't have to whimper to be in pain. Many dogs are very stoic and don't show it when they are in pain. 

Even my girl with arthritis in her hind legs lets me maneuver them with out resistance when needed. I know it is painful for her but she doesn't show any discomfort. 

Is it always the same leg? Does it happen every time he gets up?
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#5
It sounds like his knee is the issue. Definitely have a vet check him out. I have known many dogs, including my own, who would never whine or whimper with pain, but they don't carry their leg for no reason. When they carry their leg, it is a classic sign of avoidance in a knee injury, and if the patella is moving out of place, it's normal for them to be able to walk fairly normally to completely normally after a few steps.
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