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Old 07-25-2012, 04:22 AM
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I've always noticed that when Roxy runs, she sometimes runs sideways. LOL. When she runs super fast, she runs perfectly straight. But, if she's just running to run, she runs sideways, like I said.

I was doing some research tonight on LP and other health issues that chihuahuas or small dogs can have. I don't know if now I'm just being paranoid or what, but I noticed tonight that when she walks ... her back legs go outwards. I was sitting on the floor, and she put her front legs up on me. I noticed one of her back legs go out to the side. Her paw stays in place, and then the rest of the leg leans outwards. Then, I had her walk, and I noticed that her legs still went outward a few times when she was walking.

I can try to get a picture or a video sometime. Might be hard to do that. But is this normal? Is this something to worry about? Is it a symptom of something?
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Old 07-25-2012, 04:32 AM
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I don't want to freak you out, it could be nothing. But your description sounds
similar to Bella's. Bring Roxy in for a check up, the vet can do a test right there
on the spot by feeling her knees, he'll let you know. You can ask for an x-ray
too if you or him think it's necessary. Try to not stress until you've been to
the vet, there is no use.
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Old 07-25-2012, 04:41 AM
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Gah! Scary! The last time we were there, which wasn't THAT long ago. Maybe January? He said that her legs were in great shape. They said that every other time we have been there too. I just never noticed this before... but like I said, I could just be paranoid because I've been researching.

Is this exactly what you notice on Bella?
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I have never ever ever seen her run with a limp, hold up her back leg, act like she's in pain, etc.
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Old 07-25-2012, 04:51 AM
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I have never ever ever seen her run with a limp, hold up her back leg, act like she's in pain, etc.

Me neither. The only sign is what you described earlier.

But seriously do not worry so much, you could just be getting paranoid after all
the Googling. It happens to me too! Maybe take some pics or a video, there are
a couple of girls on here who show and can usually tell just by looking, maybe
they could help tell you. I would take a vet appointment just in case though.

If you want I can take a look at your pics too and try to tell you if it looks
anything at all like Bella's. But keep in mind Bella has grade 4, it's the worse one.
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Chico was the same way.... but never limped or held his leg up.... it looked like he had been riding a horse all day (bow legged)...lol....the Vet I first took him to said nothing was wrong...... I knew 'in my gut' that something wasn't right and took him to another Vet..... he said Chico was Grade 3-4 and needed surgery! I found a surgeon highly recommended in this area and Xray confirmed that he did need the surgery...

don't fret though.... wait until you see a Vet....but if you 'feel' something just isn't right..... get a second opinion to but yourself at ease......
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Oh boy. I am definitely a little nervous now. I'll have to check better tomorrow and try to take a video so you ladies can see.

She is a little chubbier than where I would like her to be/where she should be. Do you think the extra pound or pound and 1/2 could have something to do with it? If she loses that weight, would that help her legs go back to normal if something does happen to be wrong?

Is the bow-legged-ness all that you noticed in Chico?
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She might just not be balanced and be totally fine. If they are out of balance they can have that side-winding movement. And we struggle with balance even in top quality show stock and can get movement issues so it certainly is very common in pets! It might not be a bad idea to have a vet check her knees/legs/heart etc out now anyway since she is a bit older.
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