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Hi all! Unfortunately our pup [Abbey] has been having some issues with her shoulder, and I'd like to get some advice, in case anyone has experience with this... It started about 3 months ago - she started limping constantly. She didn't have any sudden injury, and she's only 4 years old, so we were thinking probably not arthritis? Obviously we checked her paws, legs, etc., and she doesn't have any pain response when we examine her.
Took her to the vet of course (shortly after she started limping) - the vet thought it was most likely a pulled muscle in her shoulder. Prescribed pain meds, and advised us to limit her exercise until she heals (which we did). Seemed better for a while after that, and then she suddenly started limping again. Took her back to the vet, and they did x-rays, which didn't show anything abnormal. Again, they said it's probably muscular, so they gave us anti-inflammatory meds to give her, for a month - and again, advised us to limit exercise, etc.
We're two weeks into the treatment plan, but now she's limping again, on and off, even on the anti-inflammatory meds... and of course she's going crazy, not getting any exercise! :( We're starting to think, the meds she's on, is just putting a "bandaid" on it; seems like there's an underlying issue that needs to be treated??
It's definitely her left shoulder that's bothering her - again, no pain response, but the vet noticed, when she tried to stretch her front left leg, it made her uncomfortable. The vet had also mentioned, after she finishes this round of meds, if that doesn't fix the problem, we should try laser therapy.... has anyone tried this? And if so, does it work?
Just don't know what to do... try the laser therapy, and/or, find a "specialist"? We do trust our veterinary clinic, but I almost feel like they're missing something - we can't just keep feeding her meds, and keeping her cooped up the house.... maybe the laser therapy is worth a shot??
 

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I'd get a 2nd opinion, hopefully with a specialist. I don't think x-rays show muscle and tendon problems. Perhaps some other type of imagery, like MRI, might help with a diagnosis.

I don't think there is any significant down side to trying laser therapy. Guess you might want to consider things like cost, how many treatments might it take to see some beneficial result, and inquire about some success stories. You can always progress on to seeing a specialist, if the laser therapy isn't helpful. Different types of physical therapy can be helpful for humans, so I'm thinking it can be helpful for dogs as well.



The article at the link below might be helpful:
https://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/musculoskeletal/c_dg_shoulder_joint_conditions
 

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When they did xrays, did they do any of her spine? I know when Sage was having what we thought was shoulder pain, turned out to be her spine. Just a thought.
 
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Very helpful article, NaughtyNibbler, thanks! Yes, we're leaning towards trying the laser therapy, but the costs will add up fast (of course, our primary concern is Abbey's well being, but, just thinking the money might be better spent on getting a second opinion)... Just not sure yet! We're still hanging on to the hope that, after we finish this round of meds she'll be feeling better, but at this point I'm pretty convinced there's something else going on that needs to be treated. Will look into physical therapy as well, not a bad idea!
 

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Hi Diane! No, they only took x-rays of the shoulder... the doc did examine/feel along her spine - didn't get any kind of reaction/pain response, so she only thought it necessary to x-ray the shoulder. What happened with Sage?
 

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Hi Diane! No, they only took x-rays of the shoulder... the doc did examine/feel along her spine - didn't get any kind of reaction/pain response, so she only thought it necessary to x-ray the shoulder. What happened with Sage?


I took Sage in because she would cry when she would move her shoulder. We thought it was probably a sprain and the vet gave her an anti inflammatory. She got better, then the pain started back up. The vets did a lot of X-rays. Nothing showed up with her shoulder, but she had many lesions on her spine, which was determined to be caused by an infection, most likely fungal. It’s not common. I’m not saying that your dog would have this, but sometimes you may need to look in a different direction. Like someone said, maybe a pinched nerve?
 
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