Hi, I just stumbled across this site. I have a 6 year old (turns 6 on Fri.) st. poodle named Sam. Over the past couple weeks we have noticed him sleeping ALOT. He has always been very laid back and lazy, but lately he just seems to never want to get up. He doesn't follow me from room to room as much as usual and today he started having a really hard time getting up and down. He has quite a few stairs to go down to get out into the yard and he takes them very slowly and gently. He used to race up and down them. Also when we go for a walk, we don't even get around the block once and he is lagging behind. He still wants to go, but he just doesn't get as excited as he usually does. I'm going to call the vet on Mon., but does anyone have any ideas of what might be causing this or something I can do to make him feel better until he sees the vet? The only other symptom he has had that could be related is a few months ago he started limping after playing hard with the neighbors dog. They love to chase each other around the yard and Sam tends to make sharp turns at an all out run. This happened twice. The first time he limped a little but was fine by morning so we didn't think much of it, the second time he limped for 3 days, we figured he must have pulled a muscle. He favored his front leg though and now it seems like he is favoring his back legs or hips. The only things I can think of are Hip displasia(sp?) and arthritis, but would the symptoms of these things come on so quickly?