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Old 08-18-2012, 05:58 PM
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Dog limping, can't figure out why, no apparent injury

My wife and I have a wonderful beagle/shepherd mix that my wife rescued from a farm about 10 years ago. She has no health conditions that we know of, and the vet cannot find anything wrong with her.

Yet she will occasionally get a pretty bad limp in her front right leg. I've checked every square inch of her body for any insects, any damage, or any sensitive spots. She doesn't squeal or anything when touching and I don't see anything. I've checked between the pads on her feet to look for burrs or something she might have picked up while going potty outside (we live in the dry desert climate of El Paso), but alas - nothing.

Vet says nothing is wrong. Limp comes and goes.

Not sure what it could be. She licks herself more than any other dog I've seen. There's usually a wet spot on her puppy bed at all times from her licking. Her nails look like they are worn down a bit, but I've touched them and pressed hard on the tips and she just looks at me like I'm an idiot, so it doesn't seem to be that either.

She doesn't appear to be overly tired, or anything like that. She still gets excited for food, etc. She was perfectly fine this morning, for example, and didn't start limping until about 5pm. She didn't go outside, play, or anything like that in between the last time I saw her moving around. Just laid on her bed.

Is it possible for a dog to like "sleep on their leg" too much like we do our arms and whatnot that causes her to not be able to move it?

Here is a Youtube video of her limping.

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Old 08-18-2012, 06:07 PM
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that's interesting... vet says nothing is wrong? no arthritis? for an older dog, that is always a guess... elbow injury? i dunno... my dog has an unjured ccl (acl in humans) and the "no apparent reason" thing sort of rings true with that too, but my vet said that all his symptoms/behavior are consistent with that type of injury... i would think they could offer some explanation/possible explanation for your dog as well?
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They said they didn't see anything, so who knows.

And the weird thing is, it comes and goes. Like it will come and by the time we make an appointment, get her set up, etc, it goes away. Like I could probably call Monday to have an appointment for Tuesday, but I'd bet a paycheck that she'll stop limping if not before the end of the weekend, possibly even tonight.
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again, that's similar to my dog's injury, but my vet had a guess as to what would led to it... i mean, the only way to really positively diagnose it would be with surgery/mri. if i were in your shoes, i'd be interested in a second opinion... i don't really know much about it, tbh, but i would expect a vet to at least give some ideas as to the cause... and again, arthritis could be one of them... did you discuss that at all? maybe someone else will have another explanation for you
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I have been doing some research on limping and its causes recently. I discovered intermittent limping can be caused by everything from dehydration, build ups of toxins, and poor diet to charlie horses to injuries to diseases like Lymes and arthritis. The causes were numerous and the treatments varied considerably. And yes...they can"sleep on it funny" too. Good luck...I hope it doesn't get worse and that you eventually figure it out.

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Has the vet taken x-rays? I'd be looking for something in that elbow, maybe a "joint mouse" or something that moves around and sometimes causes issues.

Or it could be up in the shoulder... or in the wrist... or in the toes!

It certainly looks extremely sore in that video. Really, you need x-rays to even begin to diagnose this.
Might be worth going to a real orthopedic veterinarian, if your regular vet is not much help so far. An orthopedist will likely take better x-rays, be more skilled in reading them, and also have more experience diagnosing the subtleties of this sort of lameness.
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Does she show any signs of pain if you move it? Is it only when she has been laying down and gets up? Could be what you said. Laying on it or in a certain position and it gets stiff on her then she walks it off.
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Has the vet taken x-rays? I'd be looking for something in that elbow, maybe a "joint mouse" or something that moves around and sometimes causes issues.

Or it could be up in the shoulder... or in the wrist... or in the toes!

It certainly looks extremely sore in that video. Really, you need x-rays to even begin to diagnose this.
Might be worth going to a real orthopedic veterinarian, if your regular vet is not much help so far. An orthopedist will likely take better x-rays, be more skilled in reading them, and also have more experience diagnosing the subtleties of this sort of lameness.
Ditto this. Are there x-rays? If not, time to do that.
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My hound has arthritis is his shoulder and elbow that caused a limp, the vet said he could hear it when he moved the joints . I started glucosamine/chondriotin and the limp went away and has not returned. With age we and our dogs stop manufacturing it in our joints that is why we get creaky. I would get some and see if it stops the limp. I would start with 1500mgs morning and night and see it it is a lack of glucosamine in the joints. If you dont see an improvement in a couple of weeks up the dose to 2000 morning and night. This will explain what it is and what it does. I get mine from Trader Joe's if you have one handy they have it in a chewable dog formula.
Glucosamine Joint Pain Relief for Dogs - VetInfo
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Based on your description you dog probably has arthritis or some other type of join problem. Your post says you dog is over 10 years old. Are you willing to do surgery on a dog that age? If not, there are always supplements like glucosamine and you can always ask your vet for anti inflammatory medication and pain medication to ease the symptoms. Just like people dogs develop arthritis and short of surgery there is really no other treatment.
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