Sunday, 1 May 2011
Lola has been doing her 'bunny hop' (both back legs moving simultaneously) more and more lately when we're playing fetch... or maybe I'm noticing it more (I hope it's the latter!). It could just be her preferred way of moving fast--she seems awkward/odd when she has her back legs moving at different times when she's flat-out running--but the same-moving back legs can apparently be an early sign of patella luxation.
Since PL is one of the main issues for Jack Russells, I've got her a vet appointment for Friday, so that the vet can have a feel of her legs and see if everything's fine. I'm hoping that it's just her fast-moving run, and not a sign that she's got PL. It should be fixable if she has it (and easily fixable if it's still in the early stages - later stages require surgery), and if she does have it then I do have all summer to work her through any stringent exercise programs... but I really hope she doesn't have it.
I'll know more on Friday (I'm assuming there's a test to check if she has it by simply touching her and feeling), but in the meantime it's just one more stress on top of exam anxiety.