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Hi... new member needs expert opinions

I have a large male euro dobie (2 yrs, 4 mths) who is exhibiting intermittent hind leg lameness -- same leg, for what would seem no apparent reason. It has returned three times. At the first occurrence approximately 6 months ago, I thought agility training was the reason and stopped it. I basically stopped all formal obedience and all agility training. We occasionally do some small stuff which in hindsight is probably a bad idea???? but he loves to work. Before I take him for scans, etc., I would appreciate thoughts. He is otherwise very healthy. Thank you. (forgive me, i'm sure i'm doing this incorrectly)
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My post got lost....I'll try to repeat as much as I can remember. I'm not an expert, someone else will probably chime in here, but.....

The symptoms you describe, his age and the fact that you have been training in agility makes me think of a strained ACL/CCL, or Patellar tendon/ligament. Does he have any knee tenderness or swelling? Dobies are so stoic you may not be able to get a response from him just by prodding around, but the fact that he is limping tells you something is going on.

A trip to the vet would be a very good idea--in fact, that would be my next step, without delay. It might even be a good idea to go to an orthopedic vet if there seems to be joint injury going on.

For right now...keep any exercise on the ground, slow, controlled (on-leash) and off of hard surfaces. A non-slippery area to move around on might help prevent further injury too.

Mental exercise can tire them out too, without a lot of strain on the legs. Nose-work, mild obedience or trick training may help keep that energy in check.
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I would also wonder about an illiospoas strain. It's a pretty common injury in agility dogs.

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Will add....no stairs......or jumping off or on the furniture till you find out what's going on.....
Once you go to a specialist ....suspect they will require imaging in order to obtain a true diagnosis .....if they recommend...... a non steroid anti-inflamator.......Galliprant is excellent non steroid anti-inflam.....easier on their systems than some of the standard medications.
Earlier this year my pup was dealing with neck pain...got scans......was determined to be some inflamed nerves....used other anti-inflam. and he walked around like a camel all hunched back from belly pain.....tried Galliprant...wha-lah....things resolved quickly for us.
Stay in touch...hoping things get better real soon.

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There are many things I can think of that might cause this. You need to get him into a vet for a diagnosis...it could range from not-serious to very serious.

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I would agree that a knee injury/strain is most likely, and a visit to a vet.... and possibly a referral to an orthopedic specialist is in order.

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