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Our toy poodle, Sophia, tickles me. She must visit both of us when we go to the bathroom. She comes and positions herself at our feet for a short petting session (30 seconds or so), then heads back down the hall toward her perch on top of the living room sofa to look out the window. When she heads down the hall she often "skips" (just like a kid would) with her back legs only. Sometime once, sometimes twice, sometimes three times, sometimes not at all. Seems like it's just what she wants to do at the time. Just tickles the heck out of me. I don't think I have ever seen a dog "skip" before. Anyone else ever noted this behavior? Is this a common trait in other dogs or poodles?
 

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Read some of twyla's posts about her girl Beatrice, who used to skip when her luxating patellas were out of whack. I would ask a vet to check that out. Sorry to be a debby downer.
 

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Sophia sounds very sweet. This sounds a bit like you are describing symptoms of a slipped patella. Common orthopedic condition in toy breeds. I would for sure have the vet check it out. Though effects can be minor in some dogs, they can also be painful.
 

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Talk about your "Debby Downers!" Sheesh! Nothing is wrong with her. She just turned 7. She's very active, she loves to jump and run, and she's skipped down the hall all her life. But... I am reading about luxating patellas.
 

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Hate to be a Debbie Downer - but dogs with luxating patella will look like they are skipping. The ligament can slip out and that skipping movement of straightening their leg can help the ligament slip back into position.
 
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No. It is NOT.

Symptoms
  • Your dog may become weaker in their movement. You may notice that the dog is getting up more slowly or will flop down to rest.
  • Abnormal movement. When luxation occurs your dog will try to kick the patellar back into place. ...
  • Unusual gate. ...
  • Loss of enthusiasm. ...
  • In severe cases lameness can occur.
None of these are the case for 7 years. Thank you for your "concerns." I was looking to share something of a happy note, but sheesh, people! Don't do that to people! Read before you offer your expertise. I will try to post a video. ;)
 

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Adding some information of luxating patellas:
This is a video of a dog with a luxating patella. This case is one of the more severe, and wound up needing surgery. And here is a video of a vet talking about luxating patellas. My own tpoo suffers from this, and he cannot stand when it pops out significantly. He also gets sort of a 'haze' around him, and if he is awake, will attempt to come over to me. Skipping does not necessarily mean that a dog has luxating patellas, and if a dog only does it in specific situations, then we can probably assume that this is likely a behavioral thing.
 

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Adding some information of luxating patellas:
This is a video of a dog with a luxating patella. This case is one of the more severe, and wound up needing surgery. And here is a video of a vet talking about luxating patellas. My own tpoo suffers from this, and he cannot stand when it pops out significantly. He also gets sort of a 'haze' around him, and if he is awake, will attempt to come over to me. Skipping does not necessarily mean that a dog has luxating patellas, and if a dog only does it in specific situations, then we can probably assume that this is likely a behavioral thing.
Thank you for taking the time. I was being very facetious when I asked if "skipping down the hall" was the only symptom. It was pretty obvious to me (without even ever hearing of the malady before) that "luxating patella(s)" would certainly carry more symptoms. No one should assume that because a dog happily skips down the hall that it has luxating patella(s) and a vet visit is on order. Sheesh! Sorry to hear about your toy poodle and everyone else's that suffers from this disorder. I tried to record Sophia, but she decided not to skip this time. Could have bet on it. Lol.
 

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I have seen plenty of Chihuahuas, including the one I am currently taking care of, skip. I've seen it so often that I actually thought that it was just part of the bred or something. Now I'm thinking to tell all of their owners to get their dogs checked, ahh.

Anyways, consulting your vet about your dog's skipping is a good idea. It's better to be safe than sorry.
 

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I have seen plenty of Chihuahuas, including the one I am currently taking care of, skip. I've seen it so often that I actually thought that it was just part of the bred or something. Now I'm thinking to tell all of their owners to get their dogs checked, ahh.

Anyways, consulting your vet about your dog's skipping is a good idea. It's better to be safe than sorry.
Yes our family's "highway-obtained" chihuahua skipped due to patellar luxation. Once you know the pattern you see a lot of it.
 

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this video

these videos of my girl post one knee surgery and shows a slight skip in the right leg
Bea's Knees
Bea's Knees 1

Luxating patellas are graded, when I first noticed Bea's "skipping" she was six months old, she tore her cruciates ligament in her left leg at 16 months with a Grade 3 patella luxation and had her right knee repaired with a grade 4 Luxating Patella at age 3.

It may be low grade and not a worry
 

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No. It is NOT.

Symptoms
  • Your dog may become weaker in their movement. You may notice that the dog is getting up more slowly or will flop down to rest.
  • Abnormal movement. When luxation occurs your dog will try to kick the patellar back into place. ...
  • Unusual gate. ...
  • Loss of enthusiasm. ...
  • In severe cases lameness can occur.
None of these are the case for 7 years. Thank you for your "concerns." I was looking to share something of a happy note, but sheesh, people! Don't do that to people! Read before you offer your expertise. I will try to post a video. ;)
I don’t know what grade my tpoo’s luxating patella was. This was years ago and hers was very mild. We noticed a problem when she was about 12 yo after she jumped off a couch and made a little whimper and was limping. We immediately took her to the vet who popped the leg back into position and told us to never let her jump up or off furniture. We followed that advice and we never had to take her back for luxating patellas. However there were several rare times over the years when I noticed her skipping and saw she was extending her problem leg to pop the ligament back into place. The vet had told me she would do this. She never made a noise, nor did it stop her from going where she was going, it was just that quick stretch and someone who didn’t know about it could easily miss it.

My daughter had taught her to climb on a ball and walk it like a circus dog as well as other tricks so her occasional luxating patella didn’t interfere with most of her activities.

She never had any of the other symptoms you mentioned in your post. She lived til she was 20 and developed bad arthritis when she was 19 which is when she slowed down, had significant muscle loss and became weak and slept most of the time.

I’m not a vet, don’t play one on tv and I haven’t seen your dog skipping. If it was me, I would get a good video and show it to your vet on the next visit and ask if there was any problem. It may be skipping from joy as you assume, or an indication of a problem that may be so mild you don’t do anything except avoid jumping on and off furniture.
 

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Well, all you Debbie Downers totally missed the fact that Sophia only does it when she feels like it. I am still trying to video it. When I am ready she never does it. I am 100% positive that this is just because Sophia wants to, not because she has to. Positive fun thing. You also missed the fact that she will zip around like a mad bullet, run and jump like a maniac (I probably said, "Loves to run and jump"). She'd have made a great circus dog. Please get off of the downer thing. We understand the malady exists, but it does not exist here. Period. Thanks. If I ever get a video I think I'll post it in a new thread instead of at the bottom of this depressing thread. Good luck to all those whose dogs do suffer from this malady.
 

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Zoe skips sometimes and has had her patellas checked and certified as normal. I think it's good to have it checked out, but "skipping" is not always due to luxated patellas.
 

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Zoe skips sometimes and has had her patellas checked and certified as normal. I think it's good to have it checked out, but "skipping" is not always due to luxated patellas.
Thanks. That's good to hear even if it's from one owner. I don't think, but know it's not a good thing to do when it is 100% obviously not necessary.
 
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