Do dogs get muscle cramps?

I recently started noticing that when my dog stands up after laying down for a while, it seems that his back leg is cramped or sore. He is only 3 years old, and is probably to young for arthritis. Because he is a Labrador, I had his hips x-rayed for dysplasia, but everything seemed fine according to the vet. Could he be cramping? If so, does anyone know what I can do to help him avoid getting these cramps?



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Reply To: chipperdogSF

I think in a way dogs are a lot like people, and when they have been sitting around for a while their muscles get tight. If the problem becomes a regular thing, I would recommend taking him to the vet for a quick x-ray and check up. With that said, if you worked him hard on a run, then he could just be sore. Hope this helps and good luck!

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