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Note: tomorrow morning I am calling the vet and taking her in! But what I am going to describe happened just recently and no googling I am doing is giving me a good answer. So I just want to hear anyone's ideas or experiences.

Holiday, my 2.5 year old, slender, muscled up, healthy Golden Retriever female is experiencing what I am certain is knee/stifle joint pain.

Here's what's up:

1) She has a very straight rear (and front) which does tend to lend itself in my personal experience to ACL tears and injuries. She runs and plays hard and turns and twists in awful looking ways while rough playing.

2) She is NOT lame. She holds the leg normally, walks on it normally, and her gait is not off at all.

3) She has slowed down the past few days. She walks slowly or lags on the leash, and runs less even though she visably wants to play. I have been suspecting she could have mild hip dysplasia, but was going to give it a week or so in case she simply pulled a muscle or something, but then...

4) Tonight I saw her chewing her stifle joint. There is a raw spot there, which I have treated. She has NO skin issues, I never see her scratch or chew herself ever. She has no allergies and she has no parasites. I am 100% POSITIVE that joint hurts her and that's why she was licking/chewing at it.

I have her a rimadyl for tonight and she's asleep beside me. She hasn't got any issues jumping on the bed or anything.

What the heck could it be? Can a dog injure an ACL without it being serious enough to cause lameness? Could she have bad patellas without lameness or the "popping" that dogs I have known with PL have shown? Ideas, thoughts? :) Thanks!

Here's a picture that shows her admittedly poor structure pretty well.

 

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I dont know what it could be but I hope she just strained something alittle bit and if you can keep her calm a couple of days it goes away.
 

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Definitely going to call and see if I can bring her in today for an exam. X ray if the vet thinks it's necessary, and I may X ray her hips anyway just to be sure, though I'm pretty sure they are fine and it is the knee that has been bothering her.
 

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Going to the vet for exam and X rays at 9 30, and to get Brook's thyroid done too. I think she's just fat, and she already looks better, but I'd like to know just for peace of mind. May X ray her hips too while I'm there. I'll keep ya'll posted :)
 

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Well first and foremost, don't worry talk to the vet, see what they think.

When Maxine blew her CCL she did not limp. She was T boned by my lab and rolled. Maxine got up looked at me with her rear leg up, as if to say OUCH THAT HURT!!!! She walked around for a few favoring the leg. We were at the park, by the time we got home she was fine. We watched her that night did not see anything abnormal. Now Max was 8 at the time, and I was already suspecting some age related issues. Over the next 4 months :)uhoh:) she would be "sore" here and there, but not really limp. She would be stiff getting up but in a few steps she would be fine. It wasn't until she went to get up and her one hind leg would NOT extend I realized something was really wrong.

Her second knee, again no real limping I just "felt" something was not right. I took her in twice, the first time the vet said she was fine, I didn't agree but let time go by, took her in again, and yup another CCL injury.

My point is yes they can with out limping but I think Max was the exception not the rule. She was VERY stoic even with osteosarcoma.

She may have some changes going on that Holiday is aware of. Some animals are VERY aware of changes in their bodies. I am hoping it is nothing serious. Please keep us posted.

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I will for sure!

I do wonder. I just have the FEELING and I know my girl. Subtle things like how she now lags on walks when normally she's full speed ahead (not pulling, but never slowing down!) and how she doesn't run as much at the park. I don't know, the chewing when she NEVER chews herself ever just makes me even more sure!

I'll let you know...

Holiday is a bit like Maxine I think (all my Goldens are). Very stoic.
 
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