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Old August 13th, 2009, 10:28 AM
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Puppy limping for more than 3 months. Help!

Hi everyone,

I am brand new to this forum. I am hoping to find a solution to this problem I have. Any sort of input would be greatly appreciated!

My dog, who is now 10 months old, has been limping for the past 3-4 months. Of course, I went to the vet. We did x-rays, but the doc said there was nothing. She examined his leg when he was getting neutered, but again, she said she couldn't find anything. I gave him anti-inflammatory medication, but didn't really seem to work. She said that most likely, my dog has a sprain and is just taking time to heal. Also, he doesn't show any sign of pain.

Well, it's been a few months and I don't feel comfortable letting my dog limp all the time. Since he's still a pup, he is still running around like a headless chicken, which could also be hurting his leg all over again. Since he isn't using his one hind leg, he hops around, and that leg is very very weak. He has no muscle there.

Please help me!!! I'm hoping someone out there can have a solution. Thanks in advance for all your input!
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Old August 13th, 2009, 10:33 AM
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Maybe a second opinion from another Vet would be the best thing to do.
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Old August 13th, 2009, 11:40 AM
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I agree--and getting a second opinion from a vet with orthopedic credentials would be good. Sometimes budding problems aren't obvious to anyone but the specialists. We had a 15-week-old dog with elbow dysplasia--our regular vets couldn't see anything obvious on the xrays, but the orthopedic specialist winced at the damage he saw.
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Old August 13th, 2009, 12:33 PM
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I strongly second the suggestion for an ortho specialist. My newfie girl had a blown ACL that was misdiagnosed for over a year as panosteitis. The fact that the dog will not use the leg is a definite sign of pain, and ACL injuries are very common in dogs. The ortho vets at the veterinary teaching hospital that I took my newf to said that unless a vet has extensive ortho experience, ACL injuries are easy to miss on xrays.
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Old August 13th, 2009, 01:17 PM
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Yes, you definitely need to get another opinion.

My lab had CCL injuries in both legs although my regular vet did diagnose him right away. We did, however, have to go to an ortho specialist to have the surgeries done.

Since your dog is not using one of his back legs and holding it up then he is putting too much stress on his other leg as well.

Good luck and please keep us posted.
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Old August 13th, 2009, 02:24 PM
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I strongly second the suggestion for an ortho specialist.
Good recommendation kandy. If you are going to take the time to pay for a second opinion, it is well worth having it done by a orthopedic specialist. There are some 'routine' diagnoses that are sometimes not so 'routine' to figure out; not to mention the diagnoses that are by nature difficult to diagnose.
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Old August 13th, 2009, 08:58 PM
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I'd definitely get it checked again. A relative of mine went through a similar thing, only to have it misdiagnosed over and over again, and now at the age of 3 1/2 years old, the dog was finally diagnosed with two blown ACLs (cruciate).
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