Oh boy where to start... We own a 7 month old, beutiful Jack Russell/Australian Cattle dog cross. About 2 months ago we started hearing clicking noises coming from his right hind leg. He doesn't seem to be in any pain, although on the odd occasion he may not put a lot of pressure on it when he is standing. the clicking is especially bad when he jumps up on the furniture or goes up or down the stairs. We have done our very best to assist him with stools to get up on furniture with a bit more ease and we've been carrying him up and down the stairs so that we are not stressing any joints or ligaments, gentle walks etc.(but you know Jack Russells...it's a challenge to keep them inactive!) Our vet has told us to monitor the leg, she doesn't seem overly concerned about it. She has told us that he could be going through growth issues and would like to wait until he is closer to 10 months before she does any x-rays etc. She is wondering if different parts of his body are growing at different rates, since he is a crossed breed. I trust what she is saying but would like to do all I can to help this not develop into something very serious. We had Gus on Wellness for Puppies but have just recently changed his food to Royal Canin for Medium Breed Puppies.
We are worried sick about our little fellow. Has anyone else experienced this happening to their pup. If so, what did you do to correct the problem?
If you take the dog to the vet, he will be able to test the dog's patellas, and x-ray the hips. It could be a luxating patella, or perhaps a hip condition. A trip to the vet is definitely in order. Good luck.
I agree with pen, probably a luxating patella. The vet should be able to feel the knees and tell you if they are good or not. I work at a vet clinic, we do a lot of work for kennels and therefore do tons of puppy checks. Knees are graded on a scale from 1-4, 4 being the worst. This is done by physically palpating the knees to see if they are loose or if the patella slides back and forth out of the groove. Very frequently you can hear it pop as it pops in and out of place. Very bad knees can be helped with surgery, but not until the pup is a little older and usually is only done if the dog is in pain or is lame on the leg. Hope this helps.
We have made another appointment to see the vet to have not only the knee checked but the hock as well. The vet has told us that she really would prefer not to do an xray until Gus is approximately 10 months old and most of the major growth had occurred. At the time of our last visit she wasn't sure if the clicking was caused by certain bones growing faster than others or if it was indeed an issue with the knee or hock.
We've been trying our best to keep Gus from going up stairs, etc., and exercising him lightly (not easy with a puppy that's part JRT!). I've been trying to research any exercises or physio/massage type therapy I can do at home to assist him. I keep coming up short. Any ideas?