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Old 03-04-2016, 12:31 PM
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Belgian Malinois Front leg limp

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Some advise if possible. I have a 3yr old Male Belgian Malinois and back in January whilst playing fetch he fell awkwardly has been limping on his front right leg ever since.

Now he isn't in any pain and it doesn't affect his drive to run and keep running but I had him checked out at the vet (x-rays) and they found a tiny bit of wear on his front elbow which maybe causing the limp.

I have now cut back on his exercise in terms of running and go for walks instead even though his drive to run is still very strong. Anyone know how I can approach this situation? I have already purchased joint supplements


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Larger dogs put more weight on their legs so injuries can affect them worse then smaller dogs. We had a dog that tore something in his leg and had a bad limp for months and now has a slight limp over a year later. However, he has managed quite well. Avoiding running and taking walks is smart, though our dog still enjoys running when he is off the leash. Swimming or walking on softer surfaces may also help the leg more. Joint medication will help prevent anything getting worse.

Sometimes they stay the same, other times they get slowly worse, and still other times they get better. It all depends on the injury, the individual, and the care given.

I hope this helps and he starts getting better. Best of luck! : )
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It is really hard to tell what is wrong with them when they start limping, but it is worse if they start limping all of a sudden. I also had this problem, and the limp disappeared when we just went on short and slow walks on sand. As GitaBooks said, you should avoid running too.
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Soft tissue injuries are tough. They do not show up on xrays. Shoulder injuries are common in high drive dogs. Leash walks and rest. No twisting or turning it can aggravate the injury. I would not walk in sand. If you do not see improvement in a week or two I would see a specialist. You have a young dog who has a long life ahead of him. Beautiful dog by the way.
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I wanted to add that with our dogs when they had bad joints or injured legs they were sometimes hesitant to use stairs or to walk on slick surfaces where they could slip. Also, they sometimes needed assistance up on their feet. Our dog will bark until we come and help him up because when he tries to get up and slips it hurts really bad. It isn't always easy to lift a 90 lb dog to up though. : )
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Hi guys. Thanks for the advice

Just a little update. I had xrayed carried out and there was a tiny bit of extra bone growth on his elbow so hes going to have an anthroscopy. Between 3-4k in Uk pounds!! A tiny bit annoying as my wife and I were going to be doing IVF this year too
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Wow! That's really expensive! At least it will make his life better, so it will be worth it. I just wish the vets didn't always make surgeries cost so much.

I hope everything goes well!
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