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Old 10-24-2016, 10:53 AM
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Front paws suddently sliding

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I have a 5-month old mixed breed dog (sent for a DNA test but no results yet) and I love taking him for walks to burn off some energy. He could go for hours - too bad I can't! But yesterday we did 90 minutes of trail-walking 90%paved) and today when he got up his two front paws were "skating" and sliding out in front of him. I've never seen that before in any of my dogs.... could he have damaged his pads or something from too much walking? They LOOK fine, and they don't seem to be tender, but they are slipping out from under him making it hard for him to walk. Hopefully when I go home for lunch it will be better but if not, is this something I should have a vet look at?

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I would be thinking more about the joints/hips than the pads but this is a good mystery. Hope he's just tired.
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One of ours slides around while walking on our tile floors, but its something he has always done. Is yours doing it on certain surfaces, lime really smooth ones?
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Thanks for the thoughts. He seemed better at lunch (maybe a slight limp) but it doesn't seem like anything is bothering him. He's still a jumping spastic, happy, playful ball of energy. Tonight we were playing fetch and he was doing fine... not sure what that was and hope it was a one-time happening. It was happening both on the hardwood and the tile, but he is always on those surfaces without slipping, until today. If it happens again tomorrow morning I'll make a vet appointment.

Thanks for the feedback. These creatures are always causing us to scratch our heads trying to figure out their mysteries.
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Just a thought ( long shot), does the dog have any amount of fur growing between the front pads? I might also wonder if the more than usual walk on paved surfaces might have somewhat polished the pads a bit and created less traction than usual on slippery surfaces. Just a couple of wild guesses.
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GOOD wild guesses. I'll get him under some good lighting tonight and check out the pads and the fur between them. Thanks!
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Also a guess, but if you haven't been conditioning him, suddenly doing a 90 minute hike may have been more than his muscles could handle. Like us, they need to be physically conditioned for physical demands. He may just be very sore, but if it persists, it would be a good idea for your Vet to check him out.
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We usually walk for 45-60 minutes so yes, this was about double of our usual. You may be right - I know I was certainly sore the next day! His pads look fine and he was his usual playful self at daycare today so apparently nothing is bothering him. and so far, no "skating" tonight.

Maybe he's just the strange character I've suspected he is. LOL
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