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It really could be anything. I'm actually dealing with the same exact thing for about the last two months with Lucy. Vet seems to think it's a nagging soft tissue injury around the hips that will hopefully heal itself with time.

I'd rest shadow for at least a week or two. No running, jumping, playing or anything. Just rest - as hard as that may seem. Pulled muscles, depending on their severity, can really be nagging injuries that can keep coming back if not completely healed. Rest is probably the best thing to do right now.

If it doesn't go away after a couple weeks of complete rest, i'd suggest making a trip to your vet for some x-rays.

Right now, as long as it's not causing him any discomfort, just rest and hope it heals.
 

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I have noticed the last maybe 3 x's when loading him in the Jeep, he will act as if he doesn't want to jump in or will sometimes put his front up & want the rest of my help. :( Just find this funny & why the pain doing ? You should see him playing, running, etc !
Yep - that's the cue that Lucy was giving me that something was wrong. She was very hesitant to jump in my truck. She'll normally hop right in, no problem. This last time, she just sat there and looked at me with a weird look on her face. I kind of pushed it because I didn't think anything was wrong (she always jumps in without a problem) and sure enough, she yelped and went limp.

After that, I knew something was up. She was completely back to normal after about a minute after that yelp, but obviously somethings bothering her if that caused her pain.

I brought her in to the vet the next day and the doctor just put her on some deramaxx and wants me to rest for for at least 10 days. No running, climbing, or anything. Her muscles need to heal up. Pulled muscles aren't something that's just going to heal overnight. It can really take a long time.
 

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Oh wow........

Did the vet do any x-rays ? Your girl has been walking normal, just the yelp jumping in ? Yes, very hard to rest 1 when your have 3 & he wants to go do !!!! :(
She had her hips x-rayed before all of this happened during her annual checkup when she turned two. Hips looked great.

She's only in pain when jumping up in the truck and it will only go limp for 30 seconds at most then she's completely back to normal.

During her vet visit, the vet bent her leg in every position possible and nothing really bothered her. I watched her playing around with her for a good 20 minutes. She practically fell asleep in the office while being examined.

Something about her jumping into the car is what's bothering her. I don't know what it is, but I'm really hoping it's just a muscle. If it comes back after these next two weeks of rest, she's going back for a full panel of x-rays, but for right now, it's just rest.

I know what you mean though about how hard it's going to be to keep him quiet, but it would really be for the best right now. I don't know if you're a sports fan, but pulled muscles are a constant issue with athletes and they're really hard injuries to get over. They can pull a muscle (hamstring, groin, whatever) and they won't be able to play for months. Literally, months without even being able to do any kind of activity. Pulled muscles really need to be rested and they're extremely easy to re-aggravate if not completely healed. I'd imagine, it's the same with dogs.
 
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