Possible Elbow Dysplasia? Westiepoo Puppy going for a second opinion.

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This is a discussion on Possible Elbow Dysplasia? Westiepoo Puppy going for a second opinion. within the Dog Health forums, part of the Keeping and Caring for Dogs category; I have a 6 month old Westiepoo puppy named Finn who developed a limp around 4 months of age. He avoids his right paw. We ...

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Old 02-09-2019, 10:05 AM
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Possible Elbow Dysplasia? Westiepoo Puppy going for a second opinion.

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Size:  11.2 KBI have a 6 month old Westiepoo puppy named Finn who developed a limp around 4 months of age. He avoids his right paw. We always thought his paw looked a little turned out and have been to the vet multiple times with no real diagnosis. He went on one round of anti-inflammatory which helped tremendously but the limp returned a month later. He plays like normal and doesn't act like he's in pain besides the occasional limp. Our vet didn't seem that concerned and didn't even act like X-rays were needed but the issue seems more severe so we are going to get a second opinion next week at a different vet and ARE requesting X-rays. Just thought I'd post pics on here and see if anyone else had any similar issues and how they were resolved. Thanks!
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Old 02-09-2019, 09:55 PM
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Very very cute! wow☺️ My vets have never not given me an explanation- gosh thats a lot of $ to just be sent away with some anti- flam. What physical inspection did they do? Due to my dogs luxating patella she had a number of falls as she couldnt land her jumps properly. One thing she did was hurt the tendon- that could be one possibility. If the toes get bent back too far- it can over stretch the tendon & cause pain & lameness, a torn tendon can happen from an accident. From the photo both feet look like they are turned out equally. But yes I can see they are a bit turned out. You can gently test how far the leg will stretch before a reaction- that could indicate tendon probs. (Your vet shouldve done that) Also check there's not something stuck between the pads or damage to the pads, ( your vet shouldve checked that too) also check theres not damaged toenail or split toenails, check for redness at the fleshy part of the toenail- (my dogs had those & the vet could tell) that can be a sign of infection. Check for any matting of fur down the back of the leg that may be restricting movement- that may seem obvious but I rescued a dog once that had that and couldnt stretch the leg out properly from tangles. Check for mite infestation in the pads- the dog will be chewing it if it is that. These are all things your vet should be checking. Arthritis from an injury can set in @ any age. Sore muscles, joint issues- there's so many things it could be. Listen for any click pop sound when bending the leg. (gently, dont cause uneccessary pain) Natural anti- flam is much better than the usual ones too. This is more of something to be aware of if your having to use it ongoing. Ongoing use of chemical anti- flam eventually causes organ failure & can cause tummy upsets. Personally I would change vets so you get answers, & ask the vet LOTS of questions- dont walk out of there without some conclusive diagnosis. That is their job. You would want to rule out these more obvious ones before x.rays. I got quoted $ aprox 400 nz for x.rays if I want to see if my dogs legs have worsened.
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Thanks for the reply! The vet did check all of those basic things. He is very well groomed and his paw pads have been inspected thoroughly by us and the vet. He doesn't react to any mechanical bending or motion with a pain signal which makes it even harder. The vet just said his paw is turned out more and could cause the limping and for us to just manage it with anti-inflammatory. I guess our frustration is that the vet didn't seem that concerned, of course it doesn't help that every time we take him in he's not currently limping. Thats why we are going to get the second opinion and request the X-rays at another vet. We just want to validate or mark-off any potential ailments it could be and get some (hopefully) definitive answer as to the exact condition. It's just hard when there is no obvious condition and the dog reacts like normal most of the time. He just occasionally limps and it's sad because we do not know what to do to help him and cannot get answers we need.
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