|Barked: Tue May 15, '12 7:22pm PST |
|Hi, thanks for reading!
I have a rambunctious 7 month old Miniature Pinscher named Ember. I have a concern that quite honestly has been present for about three months now.
I understand that MinPin's have a "hackney gait' but I'm beginning to think that my Ember may have something very wrong with her hind legs. At both vet visits for her puppy shots, as well as when she was spayed, the two different veterinarians expressed no real concern over her gait.
Here is what I am noticing:
1) Her rear legs appear longer than her front.
2) Her rear legs seems to hesitate/"stutter" when standing in one place. It's as if she can't find a comfortable position and lifts each leg up one at a time, alternatively. Kind of like an in place tip-toe.
3) When she runs, she hops like a rabbit with her rear legs and they very frequently slip out from underneath her and she has a total wipeout.
4) When Ember lays down, her rear legs splay out to her sides, straight. She never sits, always lays down.
5) This is my biggest concern that has started to become a little exaggerated... When Ember is laying down and tries to get up quickly, she can't pull in her hind legs and use them to push herself up. She often just gets stuck and I have to pick her up and put her on her four legs in a standing position. This only happens if she is on surface where she can't get good traction.
6) I just realized this could be connected... she will not stand still while pooping.
This all has been passed off as a puppy thing by friends and even the veterinarians, but now that she is 7 months old and it seems to be not improving (maybe even getting justworse), I am concerned. Does this require a vet visit, or is my baby girl a clumsy little thing?
I really appreciate you taking time in reading this, and thanks in advance for any thoughts!
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