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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-06-2012, 04:14 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Limping Again. :( Please help.

My 4M puppy is limping again. He is able to bear weight on his leg and runs around and plays but he favors one leg more than the other on occasion. He never seems bothered by us touching the leg that seems to be hurting. He lets us stretch it out, massage it, move it around and doesnít cry or anything. Acts normally in all ways, just limps. Vet is sure itís just growing pains and is not concerned at all. She says she sees this in GSDs and other large breeds all the time. Two weeks or so ago it started, she gave me anti-inflammatories Ė I gave him the meds for 2 days. They worked and he seemed to be feeling much better for a week and a half or so. Then late last week the limping returned. It comes and goes but is always in the same leg. Does pano have to travel to other legs, or can it remain with one extremity for longer periods of time?

Also, I keep reading conflicting statements re: food. He is eating Blue Buffalo puppy formula. Some people say leave him on puppy formula, some say he should be on adult as that is what is contributing to pano. Can anyone confirm one way or another?

He has a vet appointment for tomorrow, but of course I want answers sooner than that. Please help.

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Which leg? X-rays may be needed at this point.
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Ours (4 1/2m) was limping last week and X-rays revealed a swollen growth plate. The vet said HOD, gave us drugs and made sure we aren't feeding too much as extra weight can contribute to the problems.

She said she sees this is about 40% of the large breed puppies she sees and didnt seem too worried.

I mention the weight thing because puppy formula is designed to bulk them up. We switched to an adult food to try to slow her down a bit.


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Which leg? X-rays may be needed at this point.
His front left.
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Our dog has bilateral elbow dysplasia, and it started w/a limp. I mean, the limp was the 1st symptom.
I'd insist on an x-ray.
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When did it start? I'd think he was too young for displaysia to start showing signs... He's only 4m and was 3.5 m when it started...?


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No, it starts showing symptoms by the time they are 6mos. of age.
It could be starting now.
We thought and were hoping pano but at 6mos., he already had arthritic changes.
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No, it starts showing symptoms by the time they are 6mos. of age.
It could be starting now.
We thought and were hoping pano but at 6mos., he already had arthritic changes.
Now you have me even more worried, but I will insist on x-rays now... so thanks for the info.

What else was he doing at the time? Just limping? How old? Was he able to put any pressure? Did he wince when you touched or moved the arm/joints? How do you manage it now?
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First of all, stop panicking. Go get xrays done first. See what you are dealing with and then you can take steps to resolve the issue. Try not to fret unnecessarily. Get xrays, get a definitive answer and then you can see what your options are.

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Don't panic is right.
Get the x-rays.

We give "next level" glucosamine which has vitamin C and other goodies in it to help it work synergistically to assist the joints.
We don't run him hard, walks and going easy has helped.
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