I am wondering if anyone has had any experience with hip problems in their Chi. My little Mish has always sat off to one side and "bunny hopped" up stairs. He had never shown as signs of pain. Additionally, he seems to be having trouble jumping on the sofa and bed. He will bounce several times before actually jumping.
Recently, I have noticed he is really still. Now, he is a bit off. My husband thought I was crazy I think when i first brought it up. He thought he looked okay. Now he has started to see it too. (Leave it to me, the horse owner in the family, to spot any sign of lameness. Paranoia? Maybe.
) So, at least I know I am not crazy. Of course, this leads me to even more worry since hubby has an "untrained eye" for lameness. If he can see it, it is surely there.
Mish and I went an several one mile walks last week and I thought maybe he was just ouchy from that, but I don't think so. I will be taking him to the vet next week. I have looked all over the internet but hip issues seem to be uncommon for this breed. I know they have knee issues, but I don't see any sign of that. His hocks appear normal. The stiffness is definitely in the upper hip. Almost like hip dysplasia.