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Old 06-21-2017, 08:42 PM
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Lameness in front leg.

Hello! I'm hoping that someone may have had a similar experience to what we are going through right now, or could give me any insight.

My 8 year old male chocolate lab has developed a limp/lameness in his right front leg. It is constant, and has not gone away for at least a couple of weeks of rest and limited exercise.

We went to the vet on Monday, and after a lengthy thorough check, she can not find a reason. There was nothing wrong with paw, no joints showed sign of injury or wear, and there was all around good movement. At the end of the visit she said she doesn't usually like to mention it but there is the chance of bone cancer. She said an X-ray could be done but because she can't narrow down an area it would be quite costly.

They prescribed metacam and continued rest for 2 weeks in hopes that whatever is causing the limp resolves itself. Should I be kicking myself for not pushing for the X-ray? Has anyone had their dog have the same issue, and if so what was the outcome? I am crossing fingers and toes that he does a complete 180 in these next 2 weeks. But the thought is in the back of my mind of how bad this really could be, and any amount of money would be worth getting the upper hand on cancer.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 06-22-2017, 08:16 PM
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About all I have to offer is, if were me, I would want to know one way or the other. I'm guessing your Vet is talking about a full body Xray. We have had that done for Samantha, looking for a source of pain, and though they do not give them away, they can be a good diagnostic tool. In our case it turned out to be sprained/strained muscles in her neck and upper/forward back, nothing permanent.
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My dog recently went through some lameness issues. I wanted everything possible done to figure out the cause, personally. We went to an ortho specialist, a chiro, had x-rays, Lyme test, etc.

No one can tell you if you should/shouldn't have certain tests done. That's a decision between you and your vet. I'm sure many of us have dealt with lameness issues and all we can do is tell you what we have done. Good luck!
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