My Rosie will limp occasionally, especially after she has played and ran for any length of time. Sometimes she has a hard time walking for a few seconds after she wakes up from a nap. It is always her left back leg that seems to be the problem. She has scooted herself across the floor for a bit until she stands up. She doesn't do this all the time. When I took Rosie to the vet, my vet said that Corgi's have very curvy bone structures and it is common for their joints to get out of line, but they will go back into place. She examined her but did not take x-rays. My vet gave me some pain pills to give Rosie when she does this. Rosie is sixteen months old and I would not consider her to be overweight. Should I insist on x-rays?

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I just gotr home from the vet with my Abby and Teddy bear-the vet started Abby on Rimadyl as he suspects her knee is injured-I cannot let her run free in the yard for 5 days-he said it could cause the ACL to tear?????she is not happy about being leashed to play in the yard. I do not want her to hurt herself worse-I had found her on the top of the picnic table when I went to get her leash to go to the vet-just looking around-no more of that! He did see her limp and seems very familiar with the dwarf breeds-He is very concerned with their weigts and the problems that can bring on-Abby is essentially grounded from free play until we go back for a recheck. It is going to be a long week.
It's perfectly normal for a dog to put their leg down when their kneecap pops back into place. Smaller dogs are more prone to a loose knee cap but unless it's severe enough I wouldn't elect to have surgery. However, if it ever gets to that point then you will need to go to a board certified orthopedist. Hope this helps.
Rosie spent the day at the vet's on Tuesday. She had a series of x-rays and my vet diagnosed Rosie as having Panosteitis. The femur in her left back leg is also curved and shorter than her right rear leg. Once Rosie recovers from the Panosteitis she will always have a gate limp due to one leg being shorter than the other, but my vet says that it will not be painful. My vet is sending Rosie's x-rays out to an orthopedic vet to confirm the diagnosis. She showed me Rosie's x-rays and pointed out exactly what was what. My vet prescribed Previcox and Chondro-Flex. Rosie is to be kept as quiet as possible. I am having a hard time keeping my very active Corgi quiet. She likes her kong and chewies, but I hate to resort to offering food or chewies to keep her quiet because then I will have an overweight Corgi which creates more problems.
Laurie, I'm so sorry to hear that Rosie has Pano. As you know from this discussion, Timmy also had it. It was the hardest 6 months of my life, cause I felt so sorry for him. Pano is VERY painful, because of the bone pain. I had to keep Timmy on crate rest for a little more than 2 weeks. Then it was very, very, very short walks. Then slowly, slowly, ever so slowly we built the length and time of his walks up to our normal walks. Six months later he was in fine form. Timmy's affected leg (left front) was actually a couple of millimeters longer than the right. So today he runs like crazy and always has the strongest left lead around!! What I learned is that he adapted to the changes and lack of activity better than I did. In the Yahoo "orthodogs" group I think there is a whole list of games for you to play while your dog is basically kept crated or unable to walk. If you have any questions or need to vent, please feel free to contact me.

Again, sorry to hear the news, but the up side is that she'll be fine later and out of pain.
Triley also suffers from panosteoitis. It started in January and although he is much better now, he still limps sometimes. We had a really hard time with it, because even if we took him for a short walk just around the block when we got home he would wimper everytime he stepped and sometimes would yelp in pain and refuse to get up. We had to stop taking him on walks altogether (good thing we have a patio!) and he was on pain killers for so long that the vet needed to do bloods tests to make sure his liver wasn't damaged. Because of that he isn't in the best shape (he isn't overweight - we keep a close eye on his food intake and tried less abrasive exercise - but he gets tired very easily) and we are just now working on taking longer walks. Our vet told us panosteoitis usually lasts 3-5 months, and Triley's is almost all better after about 5 months of issues.

Our vet also wasn't an ortho person, but they did have a ortho vet that comes in once a week, so we took Triley in on a day when that vet could see him. Maybe other clinics also do that sort of thing.

Good luck with Rosie - she will be fine! She has a tough road ahead but she'll do great and be her same old self soon enough!
I am currently going through the same thing with Buckley. Buckley will be two years old in a couple of weeks. When he gets up from a period of lying down/sitting down, or first thing in the morning when we get up, he has a very obvious limp in his back left leg. It started about two weeks ago, and we noticed that after a few minutes the limp would lessen, but not disappear completely. Bucks still really enjoys his walks, and still chases the cat around the house (much to her complete dismay). We just took him to the vet who did a very thorough job of checking shoulders, hips, and especially his knee caps. She couldn't feel any slippage in his knee caps at all, and she spent a lot of time on them as it was her primary concern given his symptoms. The final verdict was that he'd strained a tendon or muscle. She gave us enough anti-inflammatories for two weeks, and if it's still a problem, we'll take x-rays and investigate further. The only issue we have now is how to convince a VERY energetic corgi that he's on two weeks of reduced activity!
Thank you for the good luck wishes. Rosie has started scooting on the floor a lot. It seems to be easier then getting up for her. Once she gets up from a sitting or laying position she seems to be fine. Sometimes I lift her hind quarters up for her so that she is in a standing position when she starts to scoot and it doesn't seem to cause her any pain. I think it is hard for her to go from a sitting or lying position to a standing one.
Our 16 month old "Olive" has been exhibiting this same problem since she was about 6 months old. We have two kids (one an 8 year old boy) and they run her around pretty good, and for a long time now we have been concerned about the limping we see after exercise. We've had her to the vet numerous times, and always ask about the problem, but the vet has not seemed terribly concerned. Now it sounds like we should be asking about this "pano" diagnosis and seeing if that might be the problem

She has the same problem described by many here where she also limps noticeably whenever she gets up from laying down on the ground, and even after laying in her comfy bed.

She is also a real "slug" when its time to get up in the morning, but we figured that was just something that ran in the family. :-)

She also loves to get up onto the patio furniture (like the table!) I swear she thinks she is part goat! Jumping down from the table tops can't be good for this problem either....
My Rosie is/was also limping on her right front leg. She is 19 months and has been doing it off and on for quite awhile. It would seem to get better and then show up again. She ran like the wind but would limp about half way through our walk. It seemed to get worse as Rocky, her brother, got bigger. They play pretty rough!! Our local vet thought it might be a piece of cartilage that had torn loose in the shoulder joint. He called the Iowa State vet clinic for X-ray instructions, took them and sent them to Iowa State. They said nope that wasn't it and put her on Previcol and pen rest for 2 weeks. At the end of that, she was still limping so I called Iowa State and took her there. My vet was fine with that. They took more X-rays and did ultra sounds of her shoulders and found she has an inflamed biceps tendon in her right shoulder. Put her on 2 more weeks of Previcol and 6 weeks of pen rest. Outside to potty only on a leash and then back in the pen in the house. She can't have toys or use the stairs so we put up a ramp for her. At 5 weeks, she could have 2 five minute walks a day. She didn't appear to limp during these. Not a fun 6 weeks. She went back Oct 27 for a recheck and the tendon is still sore. She was limping by the time the exam was over. She could have had surgery to release the tendon or a steroid shot. Since I will be leaving for Georgia to spend a month the end of Nov., I went with the shot. I really didn't want to take a dog that far away from the surgeon only 4 weeks after the surgery. She is again on 6-8 weeks of pen rest. Poor Rosie. Also the shot is causing her to produce more urine which makes her thirsty which produces more urine which makes her thirsty and on and on. She has to be taken out every hour or we have a wet floor. We aren't supposed to limit her water during the day so she doesn't suffer from kidney damage. Yikes! The urine thing could last up to a month but I do think it is getting better. She can go almost 2 hours now without needing to go out.

It has been a very long drawn out thing for her and us. She gets very bored as she is a very active dog. I freeze kongs with cheese (the kind in an aerosol can) and a treat in cheese and give those to her. We are really watching what she eats so she doesn't gain weight. We let her sit on the deck with us on a leash or in the living room with us for an hour as long as she is quiet. We put Rocky in his crate when we take her outside or have her on a leash in the house or they want to play. He doesn't understand the whole mess either.

She will go back to Iowa State in Jan when we get back from Georgia and we'll see then. If the tendon is still sore, it's surgery for her.

Vet schools DO NOT experiment on pets. They have senior students working with the vets giving exams and observing as the surgeon exams the dog and talks to the owner and I'm sure the students are observing surgery and most likely doing some surgery under the careful supervision of the surgeons. The staff at Iowa State has been just great and very kind and caring with Rosie. She rolled over on her back for the surgeon the scratch her belly after the second exam on her sore shoulder even though he made her limp. He is a very kind and gentle man.
I have a 2 year old male (Teddy) and 3 year old Female (Kirby). Kiby's kennel mate was the sire to Teddy. Teddy has a pretty loose body, Kirby is pretty tight. Teddy has developed a limp with his front legs. Sometimes right other times its the left. He was fine up until a couple of weeks ago then when he would get up after his nap or after laying down for a bit he would limp a little. He would then shake it off and would be fine. He and Kirby run and play pretty hard and rough. Don't know if this is a Corgi Sports injury or something more serious. I live in Omaha and were are thinking about taking him to ISU. Who did you see there? Do you have any contact information that you could share.


I would ask for x-rays. I don't want to scare you, but Gus was doing the same thing, but it became almost constant. His right back foot would kind of "float". When he was x-rayed, they discovered hip dyslplasia in both hips. I have him on Cosaquin DS, but am thinking it may be time for some pain meds. He seems to have a harder time with the weather getting colder. I hope Rosie's problem isn't serious, but I would have x-rays just for your peace of mind.
just found this site! Thanks for so much good info. Mickey is a bigger boned guy just about 2.5 yrs old and for the past couple of months he limps + scoots etc after he gets up from his naps (which is pretty much all he does at home - outside, he is a TOTALLY different dog). Yesterday, after his daily dog run fun he seemed to be limping slightly which is VERY pronounced now. Late at night he still played fetch with me without a problem, but once we stopped - he started limping again.
Since Mickey is already 2.5 yrs old.. i am assuming it cannot be growing pains right? is it hip dysplasia? am i already losing him? i have barely had him for 2 yrs!!! will he run again - He LOVES to run..
please help/advice.
PS - I am going to the vet today. I am going to try to carry him up and down the stairs all the time and no jumping on/off the bed.


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