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Old October 21st, 2009, 10:54 AM
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We had a dog that showed similar symptoms off and on from the age of 9 weeks. We took him to an orthopedic specialist and he was diagnosed with elbow dysplasia (osteochondritis dissecans). There are a number of different forms of it, but unless you have an experienced ortho vet look at the xrays, likely the condition will be undiagnosed until the arthritic changes begin--and your chances of good management go down dramatically. So that's something you should probably have checked as soon as you can.

An orthopedic specialist can also check for inflammation in the joints or tendons--one that can cause lameness in a front leg is the biceps tendon. It often suffers injury from repetitive motion--for example, if he comes down the stairs and always turns the same way, or if he jumps out of a vehicle and always turns the same way.

I hope your dog heals quickly.
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