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post #1 of 39 (permalink) Old 07-04-2019, 11:51 AM Thread Starter
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Limping Puppy

Igor, 7 month old GSD puppy, has been favoring his right front paw for the last 3 days. When he sits he holds the paw off the floor. He hasn't cried out in pain at all. He bites me if I touch it but he bites me if I touch any of his paws! He limps slightly when he is walking around the apartment. I have stopped taking him on his normal walks for the time being and am trying to keep him from jumping around. I do have 5mg Prednisone on hand that I'd been giving my boy Jax. Any suggestions? Should I give him 1 prednisone? thank you.

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Is prednisone an anti inflammatory?
I’d get him examined by a vet and possible X-ray asap and try to keep him down until then.
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Prednisone is used as an anti-inflammatory or an immunosuppressant medication
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Please do not administer pred without consulting with a vet! It's contraindicated in juvenile dogs, and it should never be administered without your vet being involved -- even when used as an anti-inflammatory in adults, there's a step-down process to get them off it, and you have to be very cautious about side effects (including infections). You don't know what's wrong with the leg or paw, so don't guess on meds.

Since it's been going on 3 days, it's time for a vet visit. Maybe you can get him in tomorrow, before the weekend?

Off the top of my head, your pup could have an injury (incl. paw pad, toe fracture, soft tissue or ligament...huge range of possibilities), elbow dysplasia (a joint deformity), or panosteitis (growing pains in the long bone which can be very painful and often need pain meds). Or something else entirely. The first step will be a careful exam (possibly including a careful check of the paw pad, doing some joint range-of-motion, and squeezing the long bone for tenderness). If there's nothing obvious that can be detected in the exam, you may need to do some x-rays.

Given his age, I'd ask the vet to look carefully for panosteitis on the imaging -- your dog is right in the pocket of the age when it tends to show up -- but there are lots of other possibilities, and you really need a vet to figure it out for you.

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Ignore my comment above. I read only one thread and posted to that thread but some how it posted over here. It won't let me delete.
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I have past experience with panosteitis. My first dobe, Callihan, had it....never limped but he would cry out in pain occassionally. I know Prednisone is a touchy thing. My vet prescribed it for Jax who was in intense pain in his hips...after a few days of Prednisone the pain went away. I know....vets....I don't have a lot of trust in most of them...I trust my cardiologist even less....today I will decide what to do...I appreciate your comments Magwart and ausdland. MineAreWorkingline, uh, trying to figure out the relevancy....
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MineAreWorkingline, lol...no problem!
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As others have suggested, it could very well just be panosteitis, or growing pains. For the first 22 months of her life, Sheba has suffered off and on from Pano. She grew so tall, so fast, that I suppose it was inevitable. Our super-sized Sheba has had 12 flare-ups to date, and when she was really hurting we gave her doggie aspirin, which helped immensely. Hopefully that's the end of it now that she almost 23 months old!

It's best to have your vet check him out though.

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I know....vets....I don't have a lot of trust in most of them....

I understand -- and I encourage you to find one who will be a good partner to you and your dog. It takes some work sometimes to find a personality match...but it's so worth it.



I've jokingly told our rescue's vet that if I have a life-threatening disease myself, I want her to list me as a canine patient and take care of me -- she's smarter and more diligent than any of the MDs I know. She's known for saving more hopeless cases that even the internal medicine specialists say can't be saved -- people literally fly in from far away to see her for a "Hail Mary" last opinion. Most of our fosters have switched their personal dogs to her, even though it's a long drive to get to her clinic. She's absolutely beloved by clients.



If there's a GS rescue in your town, maybe try asking them who their favorite vet is. The rescue people tend know who the amazing vets are who get good results at reasonable cost, and most of us love to sing their praises to the community. When I moved to a new city, after a very unhappy experience in a nearby clinic, I asked the shelter and rescue people who they use for their personal dogs. There were two names that were on everybody's list as the best in the city (and several they quietly told me were so bad that they wouldn't even trust them for a neuter surgery).



Sometimes if you can find who the police K9 unit uses, you'll find someone who's fabulous with the breed, and especially orthopedics.



I wish you the best of luck in finding someone you like working with for your pup!
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