a Taj MuttHall Dog Diary: Nooooooooo! No limping!!!!!

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Nooooooooo! No limping!!!!!

Ohhhh nooooo, Tika is limping! This can't be happening!

During yesterday morning's backyard romp, I kept thinking that I was seeing a limp, but then I'd watch her carefully and she'd look fine. Then, out of the corner of my eye, I'd think I saw a limp again--but she was operating at full-steam-ahead speed and intensity, so I thought I was seeing things.

She yelped once when I started to wipe her feet off. I couldn't find anything, so thought I must've held her foot wrong.

We had a nother play session later in the day. In the evening, watching her around the house, I kept wanting to ask my housemate to watch for a minute to see if she was limping, but then I'd watch closely, and again I'd see nothing when watching directly.

We all went for a really long walk in the evening and she was her usual wild-child self.

About half an hour after we got back, after she'd been lying down, she got up--on 3 legs.

She definitely puts weight on it. Give her an adrenaline rush (for tika, this happens whenever something really exciting happens, like--she's awake) and she walks, runs, pounces, normally. But shortly thereafter, or in the middle, she favors the left front foot. When just standing still briefly, she often just lifts it casually from the floor.

She has been much more subdued, actually, all day--she was not eager to take a flying leap off the bed in the morning, nor to propel herself at jetliner speed out the back door when it first opened. She still wants to play, but then she lies quite quietly for quite a while.

I can find nothing.

We're off to the vet's in the morning. I'm dreading this. Maybe she'll be better by tomorrow.

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