Stiffness in our english springer Spaniel

Just wanted to see if anyone can help me please we have a 10 month old springer if we take her on a long walk to beach or woods eg 45 mins or more when she returns she is very stiff her back legs are the worst splaying out to one side very slow stiff etc but no pain, unless she has very high tollerce.


You can touch move her legs with no probs she will happily go out for walk and runs as normal but when lies down or rests very stiff we have had her checked over by vets several times for joint problems etc put on pain killers for a week they said the next step is xray but they are not sure please help if any one can

Thanks John

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Jul 07, 2011
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Restricted Excersise
by: Anonymous

I can highly recommend Bowens for any animal/human. As to your situation, certainly restricted excersize in younger dogs is necessary. We allow our youngsters short spells to charge around & release all their energy; longer spells when they are on leads. One of our youngsters has a looser hide leg movement and we have been particulary careful not to over excersise him and it has helped.
Good luck - what about swimming therapy?

Jul 07, 2011
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Stiffness
by: sarah

Hi there,
My springer Lucy has joint problems i give her supplements but also i take her for canine bowen therapy this has worked wonders as it has realigned her back and released the tension. Its a very gentle treatment Lucy now moves positions for Sue to give her next part of the treatment. If you look up the Canine Bowen therapy there is a list of registered therapists. I go to Sue Buckley in Pershore near Worcester if she is near to you i would throughly recommend her.

Jul 07, 2011
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joints
by: Anonymous

Hiya

Its not good to walk a dog under a yr old for more than 20min at a time as it can cause a lot of joint and muscle problems especially with how bouncy our gorgeous springers can be, my elderly girl is now 15 but got arthritus at 5 due to doing too much before she was fully grown :-(.

Try some joint supplements cod liver oil maybe to try and make them more supple.


Jul 07, 2011
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stiff springer
by: Anonymous

I don't have this problem with my Springer, but my Rottie gets problems with her shoulder. I have had her x-rayed and they couldn't find anything. My trainer suggested putting her on food for older dogs with additives for joints e.g. glucosamine and I think it helps her, although she is 5 years old. I am not sure if you can put a young dog on this, worth asking a vet. I also do massage on her, but not sure if a springer would lie still long enough for this!

Jun 27, 2011
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Same problem
by: Sam

We have had the same problem with our 19 month old springer, Oscar, but it is his front legs that are affected. If we take him out he wil run and jump around for as long as we will let him without any signs of pain, but when we get him home and he has had a rest, his front legs are very stiff and sometimes he limps on them, after he has walked around again for a while he is fine. He has has xrays which showed no problems at all. We have now put him on joint supplements which seem to have helped a lot so that may be worth a try. Hope he is better soon xxx

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