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Old 07-14-2018, 08:50 AM
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Thickening of Shoulder/Leg

Hi everyone,

Thanks in advance for reading. My 10 year old pit/shepherd's leg is swollen and she is limping. It is not a ball-like mass; it is just thick from the elbow down.
I am wondering if anyone else has encountered this or knows what it could be? She acts fine and is eating the same. I am going to make an appointment for the vet, but welcome any thoughts.

Thank you!
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Pulled muscle or sprain, maybe. Your Vet will be able to tell you.
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Old 07-14-2018, 10:43 AM
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Get it checked right away. Hopefully it's an easily cured issue.

A few years ago I noticed that my dog's leg was swollen, a few hours later the other leg was swollen. I took him to the after hours animal ER and he was diagnosed with cancer. I guess a tumor was putting pressure on his organs causing his legs to lose some circulation. I had no idea he was even sick. The only other thing, at the time, that I noticed he was doing was panting more. Looking back after that I know he had also slowed down his activity level. He was still running and playing, but not like I was used to. He only lived another two weeks. :,(

The thing about dogs and other animals is that it's so tough to tell when something may be seriously wrong. They tend to hide their pain, until they can't hide it anymore, and by then it may end up being too late to help them. I learned that lesson the hard way with him and now some might say I'm overly concerned about little things my dog does, but that doesn't bother me at all. I make an effort to notice the color of her gums, her temperature, eating and sleeping pattern, etc. That way if something is "off" hopefully I notice.

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Old 07-16-2018, 12:37 AM
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Please bring him to vet right away, it could be a bone cancer. My dog had that kind of issue also and that's the reason he died.
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