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Puppy with clicking sounds coming from shoulder and leg joints

Dawn H
May 25th, 2008, 11:25 AM
I have a 6 month old , 26 lb. Jack Russell /Austrailian Cattle dog cross. He is the most adorable little fellow. Over the past month he has been experiencing some clicking and popping sounds coming from his leg and shoulder joints. He goes for 15-20 minute walks and runs about like puppies usually do. but nothing exessive as Jack Russels are known to do. He doesn't over exert himself. Since this started occurring we have not let him run up or down the stairs, jump up on the furniture with out a stool for assistance. We have him on Wellness for Puppies. We aren't sure if it issue is do to the cross of a smaller dog with a medium size breed, his food, or the rate of growth, etc. Our vet has told us that we should monitor this clicking and popping. She doesn't seem overly concerned. We aren't sure what to think or what to do. Any suggestions?

Dawn and Gus

Dr Lee
May 25th, 2008, 04:37 PM
While clicking can be associated with dysplasial disorders (dysplasia meaning congenital malformation) it can also occur for benign reasons. With that said, the clicking sound is usually from the bones and thus cartilage in between knocking together. If the cartilage is impacting, then there is likely some degree of inflammation. In any event the following supplements (often can be found together) would be helpful in both repairing any cartilage damage, reduce inflammation and reduce any potential pain: chondroitin, glucosamine, MSM, omega 3 fatty acids (especially EPA Eicosapentanoic acid). One of favorite forms of this is Synovi G3 by DVM pharmaceuticals. Like your vet said, clicking is de facto abnormal and should be watched. Radiographic evaluation should be considered. :pawprint:

Dawn H
May 26th, 2008, 05:57 PM
Thank you Dr. Lee for your speedy response. This is very scary for us as our little guy is only six months old. Try as we may, it is very hard to keep him from being really active. He wants to run and play. We will try the suppliments you have recommended.

Dawn H