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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-11-2012, 04:54 PM Thread Starter
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My puppy limps after playing

I have a 10 month old male German shepherd pup named Clif. He loves to play and is full of energy. Some weekends when we are visiting family he plays with two other dogs (he knows them well now) and the backyard is all cement. Whenever we leave there after a weekend Clif limps around for a few days. We think it is just because of the cement and non stop playing but I wanted to ask if anyone else encountered similar things or had any other thoughts about it. Any help would be appreciated =]
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One particular leg? Back legs? Fronts?
Have you checked his paws after to see if they are abraded?
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The first time I noticed it was the front legs but he seemed to be walking weird all together this last weekend. I didnt check his paws, I'll have to do that and see. I wasnt sure if the muscles in there arms and legs get sore like humans when we push ourselves to hard?.
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You need to have the dog checked at the vet. It could be elbow dysplasia. You'll need a vet check + x rays.

If you can let them play anywhere but concrete that'd help, too, I'm sure.
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Could also be Pano (growing pains), it can move from leg to leg, especially after hard playing. Limit activity and see if he improves, or if you want a vet visit would ease your mind.

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Sounds like pano to me. Like young kids the bones are going and Hurt


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Putting pano and other bone related issues aside, Id say that the darting, and romping with other dogs on concrete, might be irritating his pads.

Google it, you'll see some grotesque images of pads shredded on concrete.
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Thanks for the info everyone. I believe it was his paws after all he was already back to normal last night (1 1/2 days later) and it only happens after he plays on the concrete, so that must be to blame!
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just another thought, how long are your pups nails ?
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His nails are a little long because he doesnt do good with us trying to cut them. Usually walking and playing files them down a little.
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