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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-16-2019, 11:18 AM
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If it were my dog, as I've said, I'd take him to the vet. Internet advise..... isn't always spot on, you could be aggravating the injury (or not). It's frustrating me to read this.
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post #12 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-16-2019, 12:01 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for your thoughts. I'm definitely not going to be doing any walks or play from now on. If he doesn't improve soon, he'll be going to the vet.
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You can test for pano yourself if you know how, by squeezing the long bone without moving the joints. If he groans, it might be pano. Itís more of a dull pain. If itís a sharp pain it could be broken. If it is tender when manipulating the joint it could be a sprain but unless you know what to look for, you could be wrong. Our advice is only as good as our experience since we canít see or touch your dog. An X-ray for pano wonít tell you much at this age, other than that itís not a break or a sprain. They diagnose pano by looking for marks in the bone, which donít show up in early pano. By the time they do show up, you already know itís pano because it moves from leg to let. I found that out after spending $400 on an X-ray. Even knowing all that, I would not mess around. I would take my dog to the vet ASAP. Once there I would ask the vet to show me how to check for different leg injuries and conditions so I could be as informed as possible for the next time. Itís easy for me to say itís probably pano but the first time I saw it in my dog, I didnít know and I didnít want to take a chance.
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Just got back from the vet, as the limp reoccurred whenever we took him for a walk or he played with the ball. Vet didn't find anything obvious, prescribed 2 weeks rest and gave a doggie tylenol. He had a long list of things it could be, and said if the issue was still there in 2 weeks, he'd go for an X-ray.

Jupiter normally gets a walk and a nice session of fetch at the dog park every day. I don't know how we're going to make what will be basically a month of sitting around the house.
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that's good news your vet didn't think much of it.
although it's surprising that he didn't go for an x ray right there.
it's already been 2 weeks, or thereabouts, from the initial date of symptoms, no?
and he wants another 2 weeks?

anywyas, yea must be hard to keep that pup sit around !!
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Just got back from the vet, as the limp reoccurred whenever we took him for a walk or he played with the ball. Vet didn't find anything obvious, prescribed 2 weeks rest and gave a doggie tylenol. He had a long list of things it could be, and said if the issue was still there in 2 weeks, he'd go for an X-ray.

Jupiter normally gets a walk and a nice session of fetch at the dog park every day. I don't know how we're going to make what will be basically a month of sitting around the house.
You will make it fine. I did. I would and did stop playing fetch and leash walk only for 6 weeks until my dog's tendonitis resolved. Try nose games, tracking or obedience for mental stimulation.
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CatusWren, I'm offering this suggestion stemming from "I wish I had done that way back when mine was a pup". Since he's still limping and obviously sore and since your regular vet did not find anything and suggesting another two weeks based on just a physical exam, If I had to do over again for my boy with all the limping that he did as a pup, I wish I had insisted on getting a good orotho specialist on board.

Maybe this limp just needs more time, maybe it's just pano, maybe it could be Lymes or another tic disease, but an orotho would be better equipt to cut through the time to pin point what is going on. If I had it to do over again I would at least get a good orthos initial exam while in the two week wait and see period and not have wasted so much time just waiting and seeing.

Finding one and with an initial exam does two things, a second opinion and the fact that if you ever need a good one in the future, you already have one. The latter imho is worth the expense as insurance of not wasting time in the future if needed.

When I think back to the kind of manipulations that the vet did with my guys legs, I often wonder if it was the correct things to do. Some were just to try to illicit a pain reaction. One vet tried to read his pain via pupil dilation. The manipulations seemed over harsh and non productively informative for what she was hoping to achieve.

I am a wait and see but only for a day or so. Just my thoughts based on my own experiences.
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