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Good afternoon everyone, I am new to this forum and I am in need of help and or suggestions.


I have a 13 month old female flat coated retriever whom I show in confirmation. I am writing today because I am having trouble finding out exactly what is wrong with my dogs left hind leg.*


She has been to chiropractic care, my veterinarian as well as an Orthopedic specialist. And so far the tests have been inconclusive. The best guess is that she has a minor luxating patella but the specialist is not certain.*


The x-rays show great hips and nothing out of the ordinary, excepted her left illia is positioned noticeably higher than the right side. Sometimes is is normal and you cannot feel it but most of the time you can feel it sticking up. She puts more weight on the right side and the tendon that connects the knee to the hip is tight on the left side.*


What got me seeking help was that in late March and early April I was at a couple dog shows and a couple judges as well as friends and other individuals noticed that she had a weird gait. Seemed to be a slight hitch and she wasn't extending her leg fully. It got worse in the middle of May in which she was excused from the show for lameness. There are times when her gait is not affected at all. When she had the appointment with the orthopedic specialist there was nothing wrong with her gait. My vet said she has not seen anything like it in her 20 years of her practice and the specialist seemed to be at a loss as well.


I was wondering if there was anything you might be able to suggest (or if anyonr has seen anything like this before) and if massage and/or acupuncture might be worth exploring?


Thank you for your time,


Krista
 

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Do you have a complete set of comparative xrays going all the way down both legs from the hips to the toes? Can you get a video of her "limping"? Does your breeder have any thoughts?
 

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The x-rays are of most of her spine, down her hips and past both knees but not to her toes. The vet, specialist and chiropractor never suggested that there may be something further down. I have a short video of my showing her and her showing a slight limp in the video. However I never did get a video of her actually displaying lame characteristics, only of her slightly missing a step (if that makes any sense). The breeder has had a few suggestions including pano but they have actually been disproved by my vet and the breeder is also at a loss.
 

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symptoms sure match a luxating patella, but if the specialist is 'unsure' might have him or her see some videos of your dog lame (often lameness comes and goes, and when not happening during an exam, hard to know what is wrong).
 

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I agree with Izrddr that the symptoms match closest with a luxating patella, and I would have them view any videos you have showing her different gaits. Did the specialist do a full exam on her under sedation or anesthesia? Sometimes, especially with mild grade luxating patellas, they can tense up and make it difficult to 'pop' out the patella and get a proper diagnosis.

I would also get comparative xrays all the way down to the toes. We've had two dogs come in to my work that displayed similar symptoms to your dog and luxating patellas were ruled out. One was a hunting dog that broke his toe, after 6 months of cage rest and taking it easy he made a full recovery. The other was a dog that had a torn ligament or nerve damage to one of his toes, turns out a few weeks before displaying the behavior someone had accidentally run over his paw with their show cart. His limp started out being very suttle, I was actually the one who pointed it out to the owner at a dog show, the doctor didn't even believe either of us about the limp until I convinced him to let me take him outside and gait him around the parking lot at a proper show speed. Unfortunately his paw has since gotten worse, flattened out, and caused arthritis further up in the hip.
 
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