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Old 08-30-2011, 03:28 AM
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Muscle Cramps?

I'm sure dogs anatomy can't be too drastically different in this aspect.. but have any of you every seen your dog have a muscle cramp?

My pup has been favoring a paw on long walks. I've stopped and inspected the paw for burs or rocks and nothing. She didn't seem to mind me touching the paw, and even me lightly pulling her leg to extend it didnt seem to bother her. I picked her up and massaged her little leg and walked with her in my arms for a while. When I got back to the house and put her down, she was bouncing all over the place like there was nothing wrong with her...

then the next day she did it again while playing with her brother. Let her rest some and not even 10 minutes later she was tackling her brother down again- all 4 paws working fine.

Anyone ever had something like this happen? Or any remedies for muscle cramps for her? I want to do the equivalent of what us humans do for muscle cramps- eat a banana/drink gatoraid (hot tub anyone?), but I don't want to make matters worse. Or does anyone have any other suggestions as what it might be? She has a vet appt on 9/8 for her mange, so I'll ask him about it too, but suggestions are always helpful...
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Ratchet has gotten muscle cramps before - usually in his shoulder. I normally just massage it until he feels better. If I have bananas around, I'll give all the dogs a banana as well.

Of course he doesn't get them as frequently as yours seem to (usually only when he decides to mess with a wasp's nest) so I'm thinking talking to the vet is your best option.
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Talked to the vet today. Apparently Lilly's knee caps pop in and out of socket. Said no long walks for her, if it becomes more frequent, we'll deal with it then..
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Talked to the vet today. Apparently Lilly's knee caps pop in and out of socket. Said no long walks for her, if it becomes more frequent, we'll deal with it then..

lol, I read the first post and was just about to say this. I have two dogs with this condition (called luxating patella). Common in small dogs.
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Ya thats what the vet mentioned. Guess its not that a big issue unless it starts becoming frequent. As of right now it just occurs on long walks.. so no long walks i guess (or I can get a backpack to put her in....)
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