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Hopping on back leg

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Hi I am new to the site but have read many informative posts over the last three years since getting Ollie my three year old male Vizsla. This is Ollie
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and he developed a little hop on his back left leg about 6 months ago, this only really happened when off lead and walking, never noticed it when running but may be due to his speed and me not being able to see it . It never seems to bother him and some days he will hop a few times others not at all . We went to the vets and was told to keep an eye on it in December . Yesterday Ollie went for a series of x rays and the vet rang to say she thinks he has Lumbosacral, she has advised an MRI scan at a specialist pet hospital but is going to contact them and get their opinion.
Not knowing what this condition was I did a quick internet search and from what I understand it’s a nerve in his spinal cord being compressed causing him to adjust his stride.
The hopping is the only issue Ollie has and this has decreased over the last few months ,on a four hour walk last week I hardly noticed him doing it , he jumps around , races upstairs and does not seem in any pain .
I would like to ask if anyone else has any experience of this condition and can give me some information advice as not sure if it gets worse with age, if we are better leaving it and see what happens or going down the surgical route which will obviously have some high risks .
Thanks for any information or advice .
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After reading up on the condition, I have more questions than answers. A lot of times we are in shock when a vet brings up these things, and do not ask all the questions we should. Ollie does not appear to have most of the clinical signs of Lumbosacral. Did the vet see something unusual on the X-rays, that lead him to believe this was the problem?
If not, I would probably try a conservative route first. Meaning a chiropractor, and Acupuncture.
My dogs have seen a chiropractor many times when their gait was not correct. They have been my go to, before considering my regular vet. So far a alignment. has been all that was needed. So no pain meds, or rest needed. A couple of months ago Heifer’s sacral was out of alignment. Other things out of alignment have been shoulders, hocks, wrist, rib, even the head once.
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Hi Texasred,
Thanks for the reply and your interesting input , I will look into this and see if there are any chiropractors in my area here in the UK . At the moment it doesn’t seem to bother him and he isn’t in any pain that I am aware of.
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Ellie does this a lot when off lead. It’s a pointing reflex when they get a whiff of something. I thought she was hurt the first time I saw it. Make sure that is not the situation here.
Hi Dan , thanks for the reply , not sure this is the problem as mainly happens on hard surfaces even straight out of our front door . Spoke to vet again tonight and decided to monitor for a while as at the moment apart from the occasional hop Ollie is fine .
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I’m very pro vet physio, so I’d personally have him assessed by someone who’s used to assessing musculoskeletal systems of dogs every day for another professional opinion. Hard to say anything without seeing it but I agree with the first response in that it leads me to more questions given clinical signs of LS disease and how yours is presenting
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