My springer spaniel Moss was born with wonky front legs. I adopted him from the RSPCA when he was about 6 months old. For all of his life his wonky legs did not trouble him. He was a really fast runner and not many dogs could keep up with him. He loved to run on the common and in the woods and he has been a very happy and healthy dog. He is now about 7 years old. About 3 weeks ago he began to limp on his left front leg. There is no cut or any foreign body in the paw. He can put weight on it. The wrist joint sometimes feels warm to the touch. After 4 or 5 days of no walks, the limp stops, so then I take him out. But then he starts limping again. I don't know what to do because it drives him crazy not being able to have a walk. I think most likely be has the beginnings of arthritis, which I am told he will get younger than usual because of the odd shape of his legs. I suppose what I am asking is, how long do you think I should be resting him? Are his running days over? And would a custom brace help? I know what you will say, I know I should take him to the vet, but for various reasons (he hates strangers) that will be difficult.