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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-14-2014, 08:23 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Limping on the front leg...what happened?!

Hey guys! My 4 yr old GSD just starting showing some signs of discomfort on his right front leg two days ago. Today it is worse than it was yesterday.

When he sits he holds his foot up, yet he will try and run/hobble after a toy (i'm trying not to let him) and jump up on the couch. The only time he has whimpered is when I shrugged his right shoulder up trying to indicate where the pain was originating from. I haven't heard him make any sounds since.

I have done some research but haven't come across anything very helpful. Does anyone have any idea what this may be or what I can do about it?

If it still persists I will be taking him to a specialist for xrays.

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-14-2014, 08:40 PM
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Best bet is always go to the vet. It could be a number of things, and they should be able to diagnose it more accurate than on here.
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Check his toes for cuts or possible splinters etc... Check for broken toe nails too, if you can't locate the source, might be time for a vet visit. Hopefully it's something minor.

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Can be as simple as a bee sting with the stinger left in. Had that happen to a puppy once. My youngest is going to the vet tomorrow for a very similar issue because I don't want a dislocation going undetected or a fracture going undiagnosed.
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This has happened to my dog a few times throughout his 5 years. Every time he has either slammed it into something hard, bruised it or something along those lines. It is a different leg every time too it seems lol. Vet gave me some anti-inflammatory at one point, and I've had a little left over I'll give for a few days and he generally fine after a few days. Took him to vet last time and they said same thing must have bruised it, wasn't anything serious.
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I don't know if it could be this or not but mine had issues with different legs, limping holding it up etc. He had the issue starting around 7 months old and it lasted until about a year and a half old.

Randomly he would start limping with a leg and it would last a couple weeks before going away. Then a month later he would start limping with another leg.

Apparently it was a disease common to gsd's that causes swollen bones/joints. The vet said nothing you can do besides let it run its course and it will go away on its own with no lasting side effects, which it did. But I also think the vet said it was a gsd puppy thing and not an adult problem.

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Go to the vet. It could be so many things.

Mine had a shoulder strain once and limped, another time, he had terribly irritated feet.
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You need to have this evaluated by a vet, and not wait it out. As others have posted, a parital list of possibilities includes (in order of scariness):

-an insect bite
-a thistle or bur embedded in the paw
-a muscle strain
-a bruise
-a dislocated shoulder
-a full or partial ACL tear
-elbow dysplasia
-osteosarcoma (bone cancer)

The last private surrender dog that came into our rescue had a small limp. The owner swore up and down it was due to a thistle in her paw and that his vet had prescribed antibiotics. In reality, it was the first sign of hip dysplasia in a young dog--there was no thistle; we had to have x-rays done to find out what was really going on (and no vet had prescribed any antibiotics--he was treating what he thought it was using his "intuition").

You've got to let a vet check it to know. You can't treat on your own limps that have no obvious source. You need to first know what's going on.

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I don't know if it could be this or not but mine had issues with different legs, limping holding it up etc. He had the issue starting around 7 months old and it lasted until about a year and a half old.

Randomly he would start limping with a leg and it would last a couple weeks before going away. Then a month later he would start limping with another leg.

Apparently it was a disease common to gsd's that causes swollen bones/joints. The vet said nothing you can do besides let it run its course and it will go away on its own with no lasting side effects, which it did. But I also think the vet said it was a gsd puppy thing and not an adult problem.

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That sounds like what my vet said. I talked to him on the phone before I posted my message on here. He also said that 4 was young enough or that he had seen panosteo..something or other in dogs older, especially in GSDs. When I asked him about xrays he said I need to take him to a specialist since it is hard to get the right angle and such when you don't know what you're looking for. What did your vet do for your pup when you brought him in? How did he/she diagnose him?
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This has happened to my dog a few times throughout his 5 years. Every time he has either slammed it into something hard, bruised it or something along those lines. It is a different leg every time too it seems lol. Vet gave me some anti-inflammatory at one point, and I've had a little left over I'll give for a few days and he generally fine after a few days. Took him to vet last time and they said same thing must have bruised it, wasn't anything serious.
Kind of sounds like my boy. He plays rough and sometimes he'll come into the house with a little limp but never like what he's doing now. How did your vet determine it was bruised and nothing more? What kinds of things did he do?
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