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Old 04-21-2013, 08:54 PM
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Dog limping but doesn't seem in pain

Panda had a bout of gastrointestinal upset last week and he seems better now. He was on meds for nausea & another for his tummy. Now he's back on his regular food BUT for some reason, he's walking with his back leg in the air. When he ends up using the leg, he doesn't seem in pain or out of sorts, he just seems to have it in the air.

Could this be due to the medication and/or illness? I checked his claws, pads & fur and there doesn't seem to be anything out of place. He was scratching-chewing his leg for a few minutes yesterday but that passed - maybe it's itchy?? (he had been on chicken food - which he can't tolerate and is no longer eating) but could that be it?

He'll run and walk sometimes on the leg. He doesn't whine or whimper when the foot and leg is touched, examined or handled. I doubt he knows how to fake it but I don't want to go to the vets if he's just getting the chicken out of his system - especially since it was the vet who put him on the chicken food.

Now if it is the chicken that he now has an allergy to, will the itching pass on its own?
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Old 04-21-2013, 09:09 PM
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That does not sound like an allergy. Take him to the vet. For one thing, dogs generally don't show pain. For another, it can be hard to find the right spot to elicit pain, especially for laymen.
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Is he ever using it normally between bouts of holding it up?

Sounds to me like a medially luxating patella, the only real orthopedic condition that I can think of offhand that's not very painful because generally limping MEANS painful. The luxating patella is just not in the proper groove which is why they hold it up. Look up some videos and see.

Without an exam, no one can 100% tell you.
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He's tearing down the stairs like it's a race. He'll chase the ball and use the leg, he'll hold it up on occasion when he's walking slowly. Outside he'll use it like normal. I thought he was faking it but he's not THAT smart.
I'll look up the info - does it require surgery?
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it depends on how serious it is, its graded usually if it causes no pain and doesn't seriously hinder movement they won't operate but thats something you need to talk to your vet about

At least little panda doesn't seem to be in much pain but it should be checked our regardless so you know what you are dealing with.

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