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Old 30th August 2007, 03:06 PM
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Exclamation Lameness in front leg

I have a 3.5 year old female and she has recently been favoring her from left leg. This happens every morning when she wakes up and all the time after lying down on either side. She will run carrying the paw. But after a few minutes she starts walking on it like normal. It's almost as if her leg/paw is asleep. I have taken her to the vet and nothing was seen in x-ray and bloodwork. They put her on anti-inflamtories for two weeks but it hasn't changed. I haven't seen any improvement. I am thinking of getting another vet opinion. I appreciate any feedback.

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Old 30th August 2007, 03:21 PM
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Poor baby. They tested her for Lyme, right? That can cause lameness. You haven;t noticed her chewing her paws? They will do that with allergies and my boy made a mess of one of his. Only other thought is did they look at his shoulder (my boy had a shoulder problem as well). A second opinion might be wise if she does not improve. Good luck

Old 31st August 2007, 08:15 AM
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They did a blood test and xray and all came back okay. I haven't noticed any chewing. It's strange because she will let me shake her paw/leg and move it around and she doesn't show any discomfort. Our Vet did give us a referrel to a neurologist to check for nerve problems. Thanks for the reply.

Old 31st August 2007, 10:37 AM
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soft tissue injury, maybe?

if it's a soft tissue injury (muscle, tendon, sprain, strain) that wouldn't show on xray. and i know sometimes a sprain can sometimes be worse than a broken bone.
liam had a problem with limping on his front leg.....we had to rest him for WEEKS. no running around like a nut. just controlled walking. and no jumping or hard play. it was a rough few weeks but now he's A-OK
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Old 31st August 2007, 12:47 PM
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My mother's dog had tendonitis. On and off she would not use one of her front legs. It took a while to clear up, but it eventually did on heal on it's own. I have had it myself and while I wouldn't describe it as painful, it's very uncomfortable.
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Old 7th September 2007, 11:27 AM
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My Wilson has the same problem.

My Boxer Wilson has had pretty much the same problem for a while now. Vet put him on anti-inflammatory also and said keep him on it and on strict excersize rest for 3-9 months (x-rays showed nothing and neither did palpation so she had no clue what it was and how long recovery would be). After a couple months I got tired of him not getting better, so I decided to go see an orthopedic specialist. They basically specialize in all those lameness problems. She was able to figure out that he has bicep tenosynovitis. Basically his bicep muscle tendon is strained. It's not serious enough where he needs surgery thank God, but he will need to go through physical therapy.

He just started his aquapuncture yesterday. It's kind of like acupuncture only they inject a liquid into the acupuncture points, and don't leave any needles sticking in. The vet/physical therapist (this is a new person now, not the orthopedic specialist, but they are all in the same place) said it gives a prolonged/more lasting effect on the points than acupuncture. The liquid (I forget what was in it exactly) helps with pain relief and aids healing.

He will be doing aquapuncture for 6 weeks, and also ultrasound therapy for 3-6 weeks. This again offers pain relief, increases blood circulation and aids in healing by bringing up nutrients within the body to that area (I'm assuming with the increased blood flow there).

Okay lastly, she put him on supplements (omega 3 fatty acids and another one called ligaplex) and he'll also be doing hydro therapy in about 3 weeks once she thinks he's getting better and is up to it. He'll basically be running on a treadmill in a pool. Being underwater takes about 80% less pressure on the muscles, joints etc. Wilson is scared of water so we'll hafta see how he does lol, they said they have helped fearful dogs get over their phobia. But if not there will be other things they can do with him.

I was told they have treated several dogs like Wilson and they all got better! And the prognosis is about 8 weeks, but maybe up to 12. It's not gonna be cheap, I worked out it will be over $1000 for sure and I have already spent about $600 just at this place for x-rays, consultation fees etc. But it's totally worth it to finally see my baby get better and get back to the dog park and his fun active life.

I hope this helped and I hope you can get some answers with a specialist like I did. I'll keep you posted on how Wilson does.

Good luck!

p.s. Oh and one thing to keep in mind, if you had some financial worries like I did, a lot of specialist places tend to offer CareCredit.
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