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Hello everyone,

Last Saturday, I took Major (mini dachshund) to the vet for an annual exam. He needed a bordetella vaccine, and a heart worm test. The tech took him in the back to draw blood for the heart worm test, and they gave him the nasal vaccine in front of me in the exam room.

The next day, Sunday evening, I noticed Major was favoring his back leg(s), but it was so subtle that I couldn't figure out which one was hurting him. I kept our puppy away from him so that he could rest, and he slept in the same position that night in my bed. On Monday morning, he seemed very stiff and reluctant to walk, so I carried him down the stairs and fed him breakfast in his dog bed. He was clearly holding up his right hind leg when he was walking. I checked his foot, looked for swelling, and compared the right to his left leg to see if there were any noticeable differences. Everything felt and looked fine. He slept that morning as I got ready for work. I called the vet right when they opened to see what leg the drew blood from. She said she wasn't sure, but likely it was his jugular. I thought maybe they had to use his hind leg because his neck/front leg fur is so thick, and maybe he was just sore. The vet recommended 24 hours of rest, no stairs, no jumping, and no running. She told me to make an appointment today if he's still limping. He stayed crated for the remainder of the workday on Monday.

When I got home yesterday (Monday) evening, he was running all through the house and not limping at all. You would have never known that he was limping just 8 hours earlier.

I'm still not letting him jump or use the stairs, just in case he's just powering through the soreness somehow.

He's no longer acting uncomfortable, so I took the vet's advice and didn't make an appointment for today. He's eating and drinking and using the bathroom like normal.

Has anyone experienced this with their dog? I thought about luxating patella, and wanted to know if anyone has a dog with that issue, and what to look for? I know dachshunds are prone to it.

Thanks!
 

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My dog has grade 3 luxating patellas. With her, it's fairly obvious because the problem is so severe. When she walks, she carries the worse leg off of the ground. Not a limping motion, but like she's hopping along on 3 legs.

How old is he? Is this the first time you've noticed the issue? Could he have been sore from playing with the new puppy or from the vaccine?

Let your vet know your concerns about the luxating patella though, my vet (actually, all three that I've been to) was just able to feel her knees and pop the kneecap out to confirm the diagnosis.
 

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My dog has grade 3 luxating patellas. With her, it's fairly obvious because the problem is so severe. When she walks, she carries the worse leg off of the ground. Not a limping motion, but like she's hopping along on 3 legs.

How old is he? Is this the first time you've noticed the issue? Could he have been sore from playing with the new puppy or from the vaccine?

Let your vet know your concerns about the luxating patella though, my vet (actually, all three that I've been to) was just able to feel her knees and pop the kneecap out to confirm the diagnosis.
Major will be 6 next month. When I called the vet, the person I spoke to told me to rest him for 24 hours, and if it didn't improve to bring him in. He improved, so I didn't bring him in. He has not shown symptoms again, and I hope that it was just from roughhousing. He didn't receive a vaccine that day, but he did have blood pulled for a test. Thanks for the reply!
 

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Squeak my maltese has luxating patellas her right to worse than her left. Sometimes it will pop out and get stuck. She will hop three legged for a few steps stretch her leg out behind her and pop it back in on her own. Smart girl. Normally blood draws are done from the jugular as it is the largest vein easily accessed. Doxies in particular have difficult veins to draw from in the leg so I doubt that the blood was taken there.
 

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My youngest, Spicey, has had a luxating patella, but it hasn't bothered her in some time. It was in Grade 1 possibly moving to Grade 2 before I started her on joint supplements and got her trimmed down in weight a bit. I started a thread on it here, in case that helps any. I hope that's not Major's problem!

Tiger also was cursed with weak knees, but he has also trimmed down and has had zero issues, like Spicey, for a number of years now, thank God.
 

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My boy, Tucker, had 5 knee surgeries. In hindsight, he wouldn't have had any. The knee with 3 surgeries stayed fixed. The one with 2 surgeries needed another surgery, and we opted out. He would have had to have a bone graft, constant crate rest for 2 months and physical therapy. The poor boy also had bladder stone surgery years ago. With his neuter, he's had 7 altogether. Tucker turned 13 years old this month. He has been on a daily dose of Metacam for many years now for pain/arthritis in his knee.
 

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Thank you all for sharing your experiences. Major turns six this week, and he's a healthy weight. Should he be taking joint supplements? He hasn't shown any issues since my initial post. Thanks!
 

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I wouldn't give the joint supplements unless he were diagnosed with a luaxting patella. I did give them to Tucker from the time of his first surgery, when he was a year old, until he was over 12 years old. I haven't noticed any difference since he's been off of them, but of course Tucker's knees were already badly compromised when I began giving the supplements to him.

There is a lot of debate as to whether joint supplements are of any benefit to dogs, with people on both sides of the fence.
 

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Is it possible that he just pulled/jarred/aggravated/landed a little funny ect. something in his leg in between the time of the vets and the next day? Maybe he did it while jumping or playing with your puppy.
 

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Is it possible that he just pulled/jarred/aggravated/landed a little funny ect. something in his leg in between the time of the vets and the next day? Maybe he did it while jumping or playing with your puppy.
Yes, that is definitely a possibility. He seemed to exhibit pain for only about 12 hours, which I find weird, since strains usually take a while to heal. He hasn't shown any signs of limping since this episode, but I'm keeping an eye on him just to make sure he's ok. I appreciate all of the responses!
 
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