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I took my 5-month old out for a walk today, and seen noticed a distinct limp. It appears to be the front left shoulder. Yesterday, I didn't notice it... I think it started last Friday (3-4 days ago) at the dog park, when he had been chasing the ball and must have hurt something.

This really sucks, as I like to exercise Jupiter twice a day. He seems so much happier and more content that way. I had also hoped he'd be able to heal in a few days, but now I'm getting concerned.
 

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i've read a similar post like yours and a member suggested "keep exercising him", which is counter intuitive i thought. because if YOU sprain your ankle, would you keep running?
i would rest. and no different with a dog.
no need to continue to "put him to the test" to see if he's ok.
just let him rest.
hopefully it's nothing.
if you take him to the vet to be safe, most likely a guaranteed x ray.

 

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I suggested that if a dog stumbles, yelps, holds a paw up for a minute, etc, give them a few minutes to see if they walk it off.
If your pup has an ongoing limp then yes he needs a vet. Shadow used to get put on crate rest every few weeks she was such a klutz.
 

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Plus, if you start resting him now and feel that he needs a vet in another day, along with possible ex rays or whatever, you will already have implemented the 10 day rest advice that vets often give before doing anything further.
@Sabis mom, that walk it off was standard for kids in sports also and basically that is what they did more often than not. We could tell within a few mins to 1/2 hr if they needed further attention.
 

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The injury needs to heal. I like to give Rimadyl to reduce the inflammation coupled with rest. Now "no exercise" is extremely hard on a high drive pup, so I usually fudge and add long walks. I've also taught my pups to play hide and seek where they have to stay while I hide the toy somewhere in the yard. They watch me pretend to drop the toy at numerous spots but don't actually see the spot where I leave it. Then I release one of the pups to find the toy. They love this and will trot/slow run to find the toy and bring it back. This provides some exercise and a lot of mental stimulation and is a great game to play while injuries heal. It has worked well for my pup.
 

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@Heartandsoul, exactly! I ran track when I was younger, and played volleyball and baseball. Walk it off was standard and you know within a second if it's really bad, and within a few minutes if it needs rest and ice. When I was dancing same thing. We have always done it with the dogs and the horses. Sometimes a stumble will make a horse wince for a minute and then it's all good, dogs are the same way. I had a horse that would limp if she caught a rail. No damage at all, she just always thought she should limp. If I kept her moving she was back in 3-4 strides. Shadow banged a leg one day and the way she carried on I would have sworn she tore it off. I kept her moving, partly to assess gait and in two minutes she was fine.
 

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also - young dogs get inflammation of the growth plates in the long bones of the leg - panoestiotis or "pano"....could be that as well....easy to diagnose with an x-ray

Hope he recovers and it is not serious

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Sigh. Wet blanket I am.... I'd take him to the vet and have him xrayed.



Why? Because one pup fell off the porch, catching a toe in the mud grate (she pushed the older dog off and fell on top of her.) Took her to the vet, she seemed OK. A few years later, hip & elbow problems on one side only. Should have had her xrayied but since she seemed OK we opted out of that. Next: Pup hurt her back, cried I howled but ran and "got over it" --- 4 years later ---- her back causes her significant issues. Should have had her xrayed after the injury. Then there's this: Dog yelps and limps a bit but seems to recover. Take her to the vet anyway (after other two experiences I seem to learn) but arthritis from an old injury - (for which I saw no signs that I remember) no correction for the injury now. Take your dog to the vet, have them do an xray so you know what the heck you are dealing with.
 

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This isn't a particularly helpful post, but all these talks about limping bring a story to mind.

One of my dad's favorite "dog stories" was about a large mixed-breed dog they had when he was a kid. The dog got hit by a car and injured one of his front legs. Much fuss was made over his injury and he got lots of attention. Some months later, he was still limping. My dad and his brothers were out playing in the yard one day. The dog was also out, but in a different yard. He came charging around the corner of the house at full speed...and as soon as he saw my dad and the other boys, he skidded to a halt, lifted his paw and limped over to them. He'd milked that injury for months before getting caught. :p
 

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The walk yesterday really seemed to have exacerbated the injury. Last night and now this morning, he has a distinct limp, just walking around the house. This is disappointing. My poor old Golden tore her ACL when she was 10 or so, and it has really impacted her quality of life. I hope there's nothing seriously wrong with my pup. He loves to run and play and chase balls, and I enjoyed his athleticism.
 

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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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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. It’s more of a dull pain. If it’s 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 can’t see or touch your dog. An X-ray for pano won’t tell you much at this age, other than that it’s not a break or a sprain. They diagnose pano by looking for marks in the bone, which don’t show up in early pano. By the time they do show up, you already know it’s 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. It’s easy for me to say it’s probably pano but the first time I saw it in my dog, I didn’t know and I didn’t 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 !!
good luck
 

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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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also - young dogs get inflammation of the growth plates in the long bones of the leg - panoestiotis or "pano"....could be that as well....easy to diagnose with an x-ray

Hope he recovers and it is not serious

Lee
Hi everyone, hope to get an answer related to this. My 1 yr old GSD went for a nail trim last Thursday. He's been going since 12 weeks old, on a monthly basis, no problem at all until that evening. As the tech trimmed his front right nails, he turned his head and grabbed her sleeve. No quick was cut, no bleeding, no yelp, nothing. She decided to wait until this Thursday to do his left side ( think it scared her). That night he started to limp on that front right leg. He's been limping intermitently since! Today lifting his paw.
As I said, he runs after his ball if thrown, goes up and down the stairs, then all of a sudden will limp with that let. I've got an appointment tomarrow for them to trim his left front and back, but they're saying if he's still limping, they want to do an X-Ray. BTW, she was standing behind him, and bent his front wrist towards her so pad up which according to them is normal, so they don't think it's his wrist. Being only 13 months, will Pano even be evident in and X-Ray? Breeder says there's never been any Pano in his lines. Uggg I hate to put him through more stress with an x-ray as they insist he wear a muzzle tomarrow, and although I've worked with him this past week, he's still a handful trying to put it on. Now that and an x-ray? What do you all think? THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!
 
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