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Swaying gait - should I be concerned?

Hi everyone,

On a walk this morning with my dog Rufus I noticed he was swaying a lot when walking. He always has a bit of a bum wiggle but this morning it seems particularly noticeable and I am not sure whether I should be concerned? He is a 4.5 year old male retriever who has been castrated 2 years ago. No other obvious symptoms of pain and still running about, so I am hoping this is nothing serious. I am very reluctant to take to vets unless absolutely necessary as they put the dogs under GA here to do hip X-rays and charge in the region of 700.


<iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/198664017" width="640" height="1138" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe> <p><a href="https://vimeo.com/198664017">Rufus gait</a> from <a href="https://vimeo.com/user61306153">hannah bows</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>

Video can be viewed here: http vimeo.com/198664017

Any advice appreciated.

Thank you,

Hannah

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I have watched it twice. I think he is ambling. This means the right back foot and the right front foot go forward at the same time, same then with left feet. Easier to se if filmed f rom the side. This is a very easy way for animals to walk. Horses do it when they get tired. Has he put weight on recently? How does he move when he is going a bit faster - really trotting instead of walking.
Walking like this makes their rib cage sway.
Some one else may see something else as I am not completely sure.

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I am by no means an expert, but to me that looks like quite a sway.
Could it be that something is lodged between his paw pads or anything? Otherwise, I would want to have this checked out if I were you.

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Thanks for your feedback. He may have put on a bit of weight over Xmas and he definitely slows down in his walks and swaggers a bit more when he carries extra weight. I will keep an eye over the next week or two and see if it improves with a stricter diet. At the moment there are no other symptoms and when he is properly trotting/jogging/playing with friends he has absolutely no sway at all, so I do wonder if it is as the first responder suggested. I will keep you updated.

Apologies about video - can't put full link in here as it won't let me, but if you put https:// before the vimeo link into your browser it should work.

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He IS pacing, that is what the other posted called ambling. Pacing does cause them to move in two parts instead of fluidly. Can you get someone to move him at a correct foot timing and film that, from the side?
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Personally I would get him checked by vet. Or at least pop in and check if he has put on weight. Even if they have a problem, when trotting they can look fine according to our physio. As said above see if you can get him walking without pacing and video. Do you think he has lost any muscle mass around his thighs? Hopefully it is just a bit of Christmas excess - let us know how it goes and good luck.
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Hi all,

I managed to get a couple of videos of him side on and also running. Please put https:// before the links below to view.

vimeo.com/198819528

vimeo.com/198819652

Thoughts appreciated.

Best wishes,

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He is definitely a pacer. It's a very efficient way of covering a lot of ground in a very short time. Although it's more usual in horses than dogs, I wouldn't be concerned at all.
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Thank you very much for replying, much appreciated!
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