Friday, December 9, 2011


For the past couple of weeks, Gibson has been renamed Gimpson.  Or Gimpy.  The poor guy has been limping :(

He is fine 90% of the time though.  Going on walks, running, playing fetch, zooming through the house, jumping up on furniture.. everything normal. When he gets up from laying down though, he limps.  It almost looks like his foot fell asleep and he needs to walk it off for a few seconds and then he is fine.

Normally, I would have taken him to the vet by now, but, ya know.. newborn baby.  He seems fine, but I am still worried that it could be the first signs of hip dysplasia and that scares me to death.  I've been massaging him and poking his leg/foot/hip to see if he yelps, but nope.  Seems perfectly happy.. just a little gimpy :(

Anyone else ever see symptoms like this w/their dog?


Aparna E. said...

YES! Gryff does this every once in a while, but it goes away. It's always after he's been laying and has that foot tucked under him. It could be it's just asleep and if he isn't yelping or anything when you poke it, touch it, kind of pull at it, then it can't be anything too serious. At least I hope not! <3 Just to be safe, we've been giving Gryff these little glucosamine chews every few days, which helps their joints! We just pretend we're doing some training (to keep him smart haha) and use those as the treats.
You can find these chews almost any where. They aren't harmful and they're just like a daily vitamin for them!
Keep us posted and I'll keep you posted too!

Jools said...

Winnie went through that. I never could quite figure out what the deal was and the vet couldn't either. We put her on some anti-inflammatory medicine and some crate rest. It cleared up after a few weeks and she's never had it since. That was a couple of years ago. Zooming around the house, or jumping on furniture, he could have sprained something. When Winnie's started she had been playing Catch-A-Corgi with some bigger dogs at the doggie daycare I was working at. That was the only thing we could think might have happened. You can always try some baby aspirin to see if that helps with it. Poor Gimpson! Give him a belly rub for me!

Anonymous said...

Yes! My lil guy Kilgore is only 2 1/2 and has the same exact thing! We have hardwood floors so I thought that may be it, and I have taken him to the vet but they could not find anything wrong at all. I also poke him, massage him, and generally irritate him to see if it will hurt. I upped his Vitamin C and do lots of flax oil.

Lindsay said...

Totally funny that this would come up.

I have a 3 month old at home, and my corgi, Gizmo, developed a limp about 1.5 months into her life. We took him to the vet, and the vet just said it was a minor sprain, he also thought he was just being a diva corgi and was just limping for attention. He got some anti-inflamitories and went on with his merry life.

Given, our vet knows Gizmo pretty well, so he knew that this was something that a corgi would most likely do in the face of a new sibling.

He's fine, just a diva dog.

Hope Gimpy is too! Congrats on the new addition by the way! Isn't mommyhood the best?!

krstly said...

Oh yes, happens whenever Jack falls asleep hard after an extra good play session, I think it means his leg is still asleep from whatever weird position he passed out in. We worried the first few times it happened, especially when it took a half our to go away one time, but he never acts in pain when we touch it, just hobbles around until the kind works itself out.

soon to be corgi humom said...

Hi Kelly,

I just wanted to tell you that your blog is so inspirational. I've been looking into adopting a corgi soon and couldn't be more excited. I wish you the best of luck with Gibson and your family!

Happy Holidays!

Lesley Collins said...

Herman has a bit of arthritis in his left leg, but he is 10.

That corgi :) said...

Koda will sometimes limp when we are walking or when he gets up from napping. My thought is if he doesn't seem like he is in pain, just watch it and if it is happening more and more then a visit might be in order to the vet.

hope you are having fun getting ready for the holidays and that all is going well with Hadley!


Jessica said...

It happens to Winston every now and then. Hubby and I used to worry about it, but like Gibson, it seems to just happen when he's getting up. We've also been giving Winston glucosamine treats on an irregular basis and it seems to have mostly cleared up.

Patty said...

I had this issue with Giuseppe and I took her to the vet. They did x-rays and it wasn't a hip issue. It was actually an inflamation in the neck that caused her to limp. They put her on some anti-inflammatories and a muscle relaxer, and serious bed rest. Two weeks later she was acting like her frisky self.

JuLo said...

My neighbor had the same issue with her beagle last year. It was the darndest thing! 90% of the time she'd be running and playing, and then out of no where she'd put her paw up and refuse to walk another step. Total diva move! In the end, the only thing that cured it was of course a trip to the vet. Where they found absolutely nothing wrong with her. Took xrays, found no damage, and sent them on their way.

Ginny said...

Hey all, I recently saw an owner with an out of control corgi about 2 years old. I think it just hadn't been socialized and was wild and kinda aggressive when playing with the dogs at the park. Anyway he had this mini taser or something that he used to stop the dog from getting overly aggressive. Is this normal and have any of you guys seen a product like this on the market?

Anonymous said...

Try using Science Diet J/D Formula. It's by prescription so your vet needs to approve it for your pet. You can also consider adding Omega 3 fish oil to his food.

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