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Old 04-25-2013, 08:45 AM
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Dog Limping on Hind Leg

Good morning everyone!

Last night I let my 3 year old black lab out for the final bathroom trip of the night and she seemed fine. When I brought her in the house, she was trotting around like normal and ran ahead of me into the bedroom and hopped up on "our" bed. Once she was on the bed, I started to notice her walking a little gingerly on her left hind leg. I figured that she must have tweaked it a bit and thought that a good night's sleep would be the best medicine. This morning when I took her out, I noticed that she had the leg raised off the ground when she walked (walking on 3 legs), though she will put the leg down to help keep balance or just to stand when she is not walking. After we came in, I climbed up in to bed to look for the number for our vet (she should be going tomorrow to have it checked out barring some sort of miracle cure) and she stood on her hind legs to see what I was doing (did this several times, in fact).

From doing a layman's examination of the leg, I haven't been able to find anything stuck in her paws. She seems more than willing to "sit" normally and doesn't need to extend the leg out (as I know can sometimes be the case with torn ACLs), though I did note that her Achilles on the leg in question seems loose at times compared to her other leg (though not all the time). Her tail has been wagging all morning and she has acted otherwise completely normal.

I am going to have it checked out tomorrow, but if anyone has had experience with this sort of injury, I would appreciate the feedback. Any ideas of what it might be, what the treatment might be, and how to help her in the meantime would be greatly appreciated!
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Could be a partial cruciate tear. Leash walks only until your vet visit tomorrow.
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Panda was like this last week - he'd run like a wild dog and then would lift the leg up as if he was peeing and hobble away. No pain, or crying. I figured it had fallen asleep or it was itchy from his chicken allergy.

Went to the vets and he probably pulled a muscle while going crazy - so he's on anti-inflammatory meds this week and doing better - try keeping a young crazy eskie from running around for a week....
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