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    Unhappy Mattie is hurt; can't jump anymore?!

    Starting yesterday, Mattie seems to be in pain when trying to climb or jump, but I can't figure out what could be wrong (going to the vet tomorrow!)

    Prior to yesterday, she loved to run up stairs, jump on the couch and jump on her hind legs to slobber all over me when I got home from work. As of yesterday though, she's totally different. She can't run up steps -she goes up one step at a time. Front paws first then back paws second. Then she moves to the next step. Again, she used to do this at a full sprint to the top. When trying to get on the couch she puts her front paws up and pulls herself up now instead of the leap she's been doing for nearly a year (since I had her).

    The worst of it though is when I got home today. She usually jumps up to say hello when I get in. Today she ran to me, looked like she was about to make the attempt but thought better of it. Instead she went into a full 'sit' position. She normally does this when she knows she did something wrong or she really wants something. (Her demonstration of being 'good' I guess.) She tried again to jump up, but gave up again without making the attempt. This scares me.

    She looks fine when walking, and I very gently tugged on each leg a bit and got no unusual responses. Though later, when she tried to jump on the couch the gave a low-pitched yelp when trying to jump up and then climbed up instead.

    Again, I'm going to the vet first thing tomorrow morning, but if anybody has any advice or ideas of what I could expect, please let me know.

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    Mattie turned 4 in September. She has no history of hip or joint problems, but she is a bulldog. She's a big girl -- about 60 pounds.

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    Oh gosh... poor Mattie!!! Maybe she just pulled something, hopefully the vet will be able to find something out tomorrow!!! Give Mattie a big hug from Winston, and keep us posted...

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    Yes I too am hoping she just pulled a muscle or something and has a complete recovery

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    Chumley did the exact same thing about a year and a half ago..we went to the vet took some X-rays and he gave him a painkiller and antibiotic..in 3 days he was much better..the hardest part was trying to keep him off it. I was giving him Benadryl to slow him down..so think positive she may just have landed on her leg wrong ! Good luck and let us know.

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    Awe Poor Mattie give her snuggles from Sheldon and I. I hope every thing comes out ok and she has a complete recovery.

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    Sounds like she pulled something. Let us know how she did at the vet.

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    Aww poor Mattie, I agree with others comments that she either pulled a muscle, or she may have landed the wrong way on one of her jumps, and maybe bruised something, even a paw. My male Dozer, fell when he was just a little pup, and he yelped so much, he couldn't walk on his back leg, I took him to the vet, and she checked it, and did an X-ray of both legs so she could compare them. He hadn't broken anything, and as it turned out he either bruised or sprained his paw, or foot.m she gave him some pain killers, and an anti inflammatory and he favoured that foot for 4 days before he could walk on it again. I hope it's nothing serious with Mattie, and the vet can figure it out. Sending hugs, love and prayers to you and Mattie that everything is okay. Please keep us posted.
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    If it's one of her back legs most likely she has torn or ruptured her ACL. Very common in our breed unfortunately . Good luck tomorrow.

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    If it's one of her back legs most likely she has torn or ruptured her ACL. Very common in our breed unfortunately . Good luck tomorrow.

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    I don't think it's her hips, it's too sudden... Our Boeboe has pulled a muscle on her front leg twice, she gets a shot and some pain medicine and she's fine again. And our Joey sometimes get's lill pieces of gravel or stuff in between her toes, she has very puffy paws, but that makes her limp so it's probably not that... I think the vet visit will go well and all will be fine
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    Default Re: Mattie is hurt; can't jump anymore?!

    Sure sounds that she's hurt, but hopefully it's just a strain and she makes a full speedy recovery.

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    @Denton .... any update from the vet visit?
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    Default Re: Mattie is hurt; can't jump anymore?!

    It's funny that she does not limp. She has hurt herself or pulled something, but you would think she would limp. It could be in her back too. Let us know what the vet says.
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