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My dog very reluctantly puts weight on one rear leg after laying down for a bit. Once he is moving for a while, starting out 3 legged, he slowly starts using it until there is hardly any limp at all but as soon as he lays down for a bit the limp is back. It's very bad in the morning.

We are thinking no walks or time running at the dog park for a week or two. Just let him use the back yard for whatever he feels up to. Hopefully, time heals.

Does this sound like a good plan? We are guessing he pulled a muscle. Any sharing of similar experiences or input would be appreciated. Hate to see the poor guy like this.
 

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How old is he? Depending on his age, it could possibly be arthritis. If he is in pain, probably time for a Vet visit, who could diagnose what is going on with him and prescribe medication for relief.
 

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He just turned 4. Not in pain. We can touch his leg, move it around and he just sits there looking at us. We squeezed his paw and it didn't bother him at all. We were trying to see if he had something in his paw we couldn't see.

He just jumped up and flew out the door when he heard his buddy next door barking at another dog walking by the house. No limp when he came back in but it will be there later after he sits for some time.
 

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Vet a physical done on him and have the vet specifically check his hips and spine. An Xray would probably be better, but it can be costly.

I have only had two dogs do this, a 15 year old Aussie with arthritis and a 9 year old lab mix who was obese and hit by a car and had joint issues. An otherwise seemingly healthy 4 year old dog doing this is strange. Could have just tripped and pulled a muscle, but if it doesn't get better it definitely needs to be addressed by a vet.
 

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Dogs are masters at disguising pain. Pain threshold varies from dog to dog, but they can be in considerable discomfort and not show it. I really think you need to get him to your Vet, with focus on possible hip, knee or spine issues.
 

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classic lameness that improves with exercise usually end up being joint related (but not always). No way to tell more than that without exam or radiographs. I could not offer a realistic guess... just because 4 does not mean it could not be an arthritic condition. But could be a joint injury secondary to exercise, or could be some infections disease (such as Lymes or Coccidiomycosis) if you live i the right geographic locations. REcommend, unless getting better on its own, to start with radiographs, and then consider blood work if you live in Arizona or northeast US.
 

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Another thought...it could be an ACL tear or rupture. My Aussie fell backward off the bed and came up holding his rear paw up. After a few minutes he was walking on it so we thought nothing of it. But then we noticed that after lying down for a while he would then hold the paw up again. My dog, too, would walk fine, even run and jump, but the holding the paw up after resting continued.
Took him to the vet last week. Long story short, he's scheduled for ACL surgical repair next week.
Good luck to you
 

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Go see your vet.

I'm going through something VERY similar with my 3 year old girl right now. It's very frustrating and I sympathize! We had a lameness consult last week and have an appointment for x-rays in a couple of weeks. It's best to know exactly what you're dealing with so you don't inadvertently do more damage.
 

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I also agree with going to a vet my Great Dane mix is 8 yrs old she would limp and be stiff after getting up and she also had a harder time getting in he car I assumed it was arthritis or maybe even hip dysplasia I finally took her to the vet when she didn't want to go on her walk she has bone cancer we are devastated she definitely didn't show that kind of pain I'm obviously not saying it's such a horrible thing as cancer but just letting you know sometimes it's something really painful and they just don't show it it's better to get it checked out sooner than later


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