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Old 12-22-2015, 10:12 AM
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Dog limping NO explanation

Hi I have a 5 year old female mix breed (Rhodesian ridgeback, whippet, lab). For 4-5 months she's had this limp near the second half of every day. She wakes up fine. Runs around and then she limps. Sometimes she hops on 3 legs then she's walking (albeit with a limp) on 4. It seems to be the worst after she's been active and stopped and rested for a while. When she does get up her leg seems really stiff and she's limping. The more she walks the more loose it seems to get the limping gets less severe until she lies down again. We've been to the vet twice for this. Had x rays done. The vet examined the leg. Pushed it in pulled it out felt all along it looks at her pads and nails and rotated her leg (back left) in her joint and she doesn't seem to mind. No yelping so swelling so anything that would explain why she's limping. She doesn't appear to be in pain. She is still very high energy and active despite the limp. Vet said if it was causing her a lot of pain shed avoid activity generally. Also This is a dog that yelps. She's hurt her leg in the past and when it's painful she yelps and freaks out and doesn't let us near it. And we've done a bunch of our own exams on the leg as well and aside from Wiggling she just lets us do it. We try to minimize her strenuous activity by only taking her on short leashed walks a couple times a day but we live on a hobby farm
So we'll let her out to go pee and she'll chase the chickens a bit (silly
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So after allllll this mystery we were told that she must have injured a ligament of tendon and it healed incorrectly. She said the injured could have been small even. But when it healed improperly it disrupted her normal
Range of motion for her back leg. So it's not painful but when she does strenuous activity and then rest her leg stiffens up and it's more
Difficult for her to extend and retract. Has anyone else had some injury and resulting limp like this with their dog? Aside from exploratory surgery there's no much more they can do. We massage it regularly (which she loves) and we have her on glucosamine and recovery sp. any advice or information would be greatly appreciated.
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do you give her more attention that normal when shes limping? do you examine the leg each time she limps? i ask because some dogs are quite smart and figure out that when they act as though they are hurt they will get extra attention. just a thought.
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I'm torn between faking and a re-injury. I would do a week of crate-rest and see if that gets you anywhere. If not, she may know that an "injury" leads to massages and special treatment.
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Personally I would get a second opinion with a different vet. Sometimes fresh eyes helps find the problem. It could be something like a luxating patella since it is coming and going.
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Have you tried using a brace and seeing if that helps?
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Did you take her to the vet in the morning or afternoon? It can be really hard to palpate pain from ligaments and tendons if it's not symptomatic at that time.

It does sound similar to soft tissue injury, but there is usually something to be done for it with rest, physical therapy or braces (at least in humans, I don't have any experience with physio for dogs). Do you have a dam or pool you could use for exercise to supplement walking/running?
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do you give her more attention that normal when shes limping? do you examine the leg each time she limps? i ask because some dogs are quite smart and figure out that when they act as though they are hurt they will get extra attention. just a thought.
Shorty does this, he'll shiver and someone will pick him up and snuggle with him or cover him up in a blanket. It can be 80* out and he'll 'shiver', spoiled baby.

But I do agree with getting a second opinion. I like the way my current vet looks for pain, often it's little things I'd overlook. She is a more holistic vet and really goes over my animals well. She seems more in tune with the animals than the traditional vets I've seen in the past. Also try to get an evening appointment if that is when she is having the issues.
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I would get a second opinion as well. Run her to the point of pain just before the appointment and bring all xrays and records with you.

Quick way to find out if she's faking or not is a simple pain killer.
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Get a second opinion for sure. A limp can be a sign of many different causes.. hormonal problems.. torn ligaments.. who knows. Dogs have no way of telling us when they're in pain so its up to us to decipher the details. When my dog started limping the diagnosis was ultimately hip dysplasia. We've managed to keep it under control and have been using the Ortocanis hip brace for dogs to help stabilize her and manage the pain.. and so far so good. But it's really important to get the right diagnosis so you can start finding the best way to treat whatever it is.
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