Hi! Im new here but have had Doodles for almost 8 years now. Our two males are half brothers about 9 months apart and an adopted female Labradoodle about the same age.

About a month ago Murphy started to limp on his right leg out of nowhere. I saw no issues with his paws he wasnt tender anywhere on his leg, hip or in his knee and had normal range of motion. We watched him and kept him off the stairs as much as possible as well as limited the romping with Angus and within a few days he was back pretty much to normal with a little stiffness it seemed when he got up after laying for a while. My brother in law is a vet and after video chating and looking at Murphy over the internet we think he may have tweeked his back romping around with his brother and he recommended Cosoquin for his joint health.

Last night Murphy was running with our son and developed the same kind of limp in the other leg pretty much the same symptoms. He seems better today and is scheduled for a trip to the Vets on Friday. Still favoring his left leg no outward signs of pain not defensive or reactionary if you touch his leg/hip/back ungaurded normal range of motion.

 Has anyone had experiences like this with their doodle and used the Cosoquin?

 I am confident his knee and hip are ok BUT we are going to have the vet here check him just to be sure. We went through a rough time in 2011 when he was diagnosed with MMM so I am pretty cautious with him.

Thanks in advance.


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Limping can be related to pelvic, back and spine issues, too. Recently, one of our members discovered that her doodle had two hairline fractures of the pelvis which were only discovered through Xrays. My own doodle has a ruptured disc in his spine which affects his gait. That required Xrays and an MRI to diagnose. A physical exam alone in which the vet manipulated his legs and hips showed no sensitivity, full range of motion and good muscle tone. Neither dog had suffered any known or observed accident or injury that caused these things. 

Also, it's important to know that dogs are masters at hiding pain. It's instinctive, because in the wild, their survival depends on other animals including their own pack not knowing that they have any kind of weakness or physical infirmity. 

I think a thorough vet exam with Xrays is definitely a good idea. Dogs don't limp for no reason. 

Thanks Karen, that is our plan with the hope its not something serious. I'm not going to chance  a problem later that could be handled now with less stress on Murph.

I hope it's nothing serious, too. Please let us know what the vet says. 


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