I have a 9yr old 62lb female Black Lab\Portuguese Water Dog mix. Yesterday early evening we went out for a walk and our typical round of fetch the ball and running around in the cemetary behind my house like we usually do at least every other day for about 30min or so.
She seemed perfectly normal except that she seemed to get tired a bit quicker which I attributed
to the 80deg summer heat.
However, about 30min after returning home I noticed she wasn’t walking but sorta “shuffling” with her head hung down and her tail, normally always swishing back and forth was tucked tight between her legs.
She tried to jump up on her couch and let out a painful yelp when she tried to get her back legs up. Normally she literally flys up there.
I also then noticed she was slightly favoring her right leg.
I checked her feet for splinters and also ran my hands all over looking for injuries and found none except that a portion of her right hind leg muscle was much stiffer than the other, just like the muscle on a person with a stiff neck.
She also appeared to be having trouble getting comfortable to sleep, constantly shifting around and then finally just propping herself up in a half sitting-half laying down position.
I still had some of the pain meds left over that the vet gave me from when she had her spay surgery last Feb and I gave her half the dose they recommended and shortly afterward she went to sleep.
This morning she seems improved. Her tail is still down but wagging again, she’s not shuffling around anymore and she can climb onto the couch without yelping although it’s clearly a struggle
Normally, she always stretches WAY out before we go anywhere but this time she did not….
So..Did she pull a leg muscle? Or should I run her down to the vet?
Any input is greatly appreciated!