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So we are at my parents house, and I step into the jacuzzi for a long soak - I don't have this luxury at home- anyways about an hour later I come out and Bijoux is happy to see me climbs up the 12-ish steps dances like a dork etc typical chi behaviour. So as i'm drying off I notice that she seems to be favouring her back right leg a bit. I looked at her and as she was standing I noticed that she wasn't putting pressure on it.

I gently put pressure on the joints, nothing. I felt hips, bottom of her foot for cuts, and even gently manipulated all of her joints going as far as to rotate them when I couldn't find any signs of discomfort. Which leads me to think she must be in very little pain if any especially since she is a very big drama queen.

I'm not thinking a vet trip is notnecessary yet simply because I'm thinking she has pulled a muscle? When she is walking around there is pressure on it, and she will stand on all fours. If it got worse of course she would go in, but I really don't want to waste the vet's time or touch her emergency savings account for a pulled muscle that only time will heal.

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my opinion is since there was no screamin when touched it shouldnt be that serious. if anythin it could br a luxated patella or even just a minor pain? i know when dex fell high once from the car seat...which a suv type car he yelled in so much pain it scared me but i waited a day to see if his limpin got better and it did. also he had luxated patella as well i forgot to tell u and it popped right back in o.o ii wouldnt worry too much. just keep an eye out to see how long it goes for
 

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Try checking between the toes for skin parasites or foreign materials.
 

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If you really cant see or feel anything and she isnt reacting when you move her leg I would probably just reduce her exercise for a few days and see how it is after rest.
My Chiweenie Hannah had something similar last week. Was really favouring her front paw but I couldnt find anything wrong. I assume she either had cramp or jumped off the couch at a funny angle. It had disappeared after a couple of days rest.;-)
 

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Hey everyone, so rest was as the doctor ordered. She's a bit better but still favouring it after she runs around -impossible to stop her but we are attempting it lol

I got scared because last night she actually threw up and had a glazed look. I would have taken her in at that point except there is no 24 hour clinic anywhere close to my parents place and no car :( Which is actually a good thing since she seems to be much better today.

I checked between her paws and I'm glad you said that LS because I realised I hadn't checked all her other paws and I removed a hunk of salt from between her front paw toes odd that she didn't favor that paw at all.

Anyways more bed rest, spoiling and being carried up/down stairs suffice it to say Bijoux is just loving it!
 

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Hope she will be ok Kelsey.

The reason I mentioned looking between the toes, is because you haven't
mentioned it. There is so much that can bother a dog there, from nasty
parasites to salt of the winter streets, to infection from dirt buildup, etc,
and all of these are not easy to see at first unless you stretch the toes
open and take a good look. I'm glad you did not see anything but salt.
Here they salt sooo much that I must wash my dogs' paws with warm water
after each single walk, 4-5 times per day. Otherwise it stays in their paw
pads and in between their toes(on the top too) and it just eats at their skin.

Best of luck with Bijoux, keep us updated.
I understand how nerve racking it is when we
think something is not right with our pups. Hugs!
 

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Aw poor Bijoux.... hip & knee problems are so sadly common in this breed! Good thing is many now have successful treatments; but can cost a pretty penny. Hopefully it's just a sore muscle and the 'bed rest' will get her healed right up!
 

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Today is much the same as yesterday, she will walk just fine but every once in a while that back leg comes up. And when she is standing her leg comes up too. I clipped her nails because they seemed a little long, hopefully that at least helps her feel more comfortable.

When would you guys draw the line and take her in? Again she seems to be in no pain. Through out the day I keep checking for tenderness so I can at least figure out where the pain is coming from and nothing. Does this sound like a patella issue to you? When she was a small pup the vet said she was loose, but at last check up I asked her to check it and she said that it had corrected itself, and to just keep Bijoux trim and healthy and she should be just fine.

Opinions? I'm starting to worry...
 

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I would take her in Kelsey. I understand it may be expensive, but I would rather
be safe. Dogs have a high pain tolerance, and at times will look like they are not
in pain when in reality they are suffering. I don't run to the vet every second for
every tiny thing, but I would for this.
 

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I'm willing to bet it's her patella. We've run into this recently with Lulu. :crybaby: Fine the morning when I left for work...come home to a dibilitated dog unable to walk normally. That was a couple weeks ago. I hope this is not the case with Bijoux but it sounds identical to what happens so commonly at this age, with this breed.

You can take her in to be examined by the vet but chances are there is not much they will do if they diagnose her with luxating patella. They'll check both her legs & let you know if it's bilateral or not. Best you can do, unless it's so serious they are in a huge amount of pain (in which they'll recommend surgery to correct it) is keep her slim & trim limit her jumping (meaning stairs to get on/off furniture, etc) & give her a glucosamine supplement. Most vets like to hold off as long as possible with the surgery because it can actually worsen the issue or cause more arthritis sooner than it would otherwise. If I was ever to have a dog that needed the surgery I'd definitely go to a specialist because it's not something a regular vet is knowledgable on & I've heard many stories about specialists needing to redo a regular vets work because it was done incorrectly.

For us, I've been keeping Lulu penned on a blanket as we have hard wood floors & she walks much better on a textured surface. In her case she'll do better with a carpeted house.

Such a sad, dibilitating part of toy dogs. Please keep us posted. I hope to goodness that I am wrong & it is not LP. The good part about it is many MANY dogs can live relatively normally with LP w/o needing the surgery to correct it. Just have to take a few precautions.
 

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Hey Heather! Nice to see you back. :)
Good post, I just wanted to add that Kelsey, on top of glucosamine you should
give chondroitin as well. Even if her patellas are fine, it would not hurt to give
these two supplements. You can buy the two in one formula.
 

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Hoping it's not the patella, but I would go have it looked at. My one boy Clapton was playing with his bigger sister Vanessa and they collided ( we call her the linebacker of the pack). He ended up hurting his back leg and has favored it for months! We had it checked and Dr said maybe a slight tear. So me being a post rehab specialist started PT on him! He has his little exercise routine and massages and has gotten a lot better. It may never be perfect, but neither are we when we get a muscle or ligament tear, we just make it as strong as possible. Check and let us know... :)
 

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Thanks for the advice guys, I'm hoping it's not LP too. My vet is closed until Monday so I will make an appointment then if she hasn't recovered. Here's hoping tomorrow is better for her :(
 

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If it were me I'd keep her on pen rest at least until the vet has looked at it just in case it is an injury. I know it's hard to keep them quiet...trust me I know. But for a couple days won't do her any great deal of harm. Good luck & I'll be hoping for a better day tomorrow!
 
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