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Old 09-03-2008, 10:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Kirin and I just got back from playing fetch and she is limping and there is a distinct popping noise when she walks. When I feel around she does not exhibit any signs of pain. She rested for about 15mins and the popping has been less when she walks but I am still concerned. We have a vet visit already scheduled for tomorrow to follow up on her staph infection but is this an immediate concern?
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Where is she limping (which leg)? How old is she? Has she ever had any joint problems before?

You don't need to rush to the vet if that's what you're asking.
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Old 09-03-2008, 10:34 PM   #3 (permalink)
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i'm replying under my husbands account....she is limping on her back right leg, she is 1 1/2 years old and never had any joint problems. in fact we had an xray done not too long ago and the vet said her hips/joints were in good condition.
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The popping sound usually indicates inflammation. With a back leg I would say it's most likely the hip joint. She may have just pulled something when playing. Is she on any joint support? If so you can double the dose and that will help it heal more quickly. Arnica is also good if you've got that. Obviously your vet will have a better idea what's going on once s/he examines her.
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This may sound silly, but it's happened to folks on this board. Are you sure it's not tags on her collar hitting each other?
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no collar. Thanks though!

We have her on Glyoflex stg1 (has been for a long time). Arnica is a good call. We have some so we can give it to her after dinner tonight. Thanks for the advice.
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Clicking can also be a knee injury. When Lakota tore his ACL there was clicking, the Vet sid it was from the Meniscus that were torn.

Clicking in my opinion needs to be checked out by a Ortho Vet.

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Old 09-04-2008, 11:05 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks for all your help - its hard to see/hear that she is hurting and I didn't sleep very well last night...but she kept coming over for snuggles so that was positive!

The clicking/popping noise has stopped but she is limping worse on it now and it looks to be her knee. She literally is hopping around. She is whining when she gets up from a sitting or laying down position.

Would x-rays help identify what it might be? Also, what would you recommend for pain?

I will purchase some arnica on my way home but we gave her bryonia last night.
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Yes, if it's something torn in the knee the x-ray will show it. If your vet doesn't have a lot of experience with ortho x-rays then you should go to an ortho vet.

Icing is good--dogs benefit from RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) too!

You can make a sling for her back end with a towel. That way you can help her get up and down. A good harness works too, if you have one.
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I will ice it when i get home today @ noon, last night we wanted to ice but couldn't tell if it was her knee or hip that was bothering her. When you touched it she didn't even notice, this morning it is different and you can tell its the knee.

What can I give her for the pain and swelling?

We have some wraps so I'll do it with that and a towel to make the sling....great advice!
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