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My male, Zach, has had recurring lameness on his right fore since he was 3.5 months old. At the time of initial onset it was an obvious play injury. Strict cage rest, some anti-inflammatory medications, and that was that. The injury resolved. Since that time it has recurred every 3 weeks. It appears to be restricted to the shoulder exclusively and presents as non-leg-carrying lame with a resistance to full extension towards the hind.

I've done full x-rays of shoulder, elbow, wrist, carpels. I've submitted said x-rays for specialist evaluation at Auburn where they found no abnormalities. The elbow joint had mild cloudiness at the growth plate, which the radiologist was not concerned about. No fractures or abnormalities otherwise.
His bicep muscle is knotted and less developed than his left bicep, but again... no obvious abnormalities.

We've tried K9 massage, acupuncture, he was on Adequan for a few months to protect the joint during healing, strict restriction for 3 months, and mediated diet. The limp is non-traveling (not pano) and has not gotten worse or better with each subsequent recurrence.

This is a frustrating issue because he completely resolves for about a week and then slowly goes back into mild limp, then pronounced limp, then almost leg-carrying lame, then back again into remission. How frustrating! After an unrelated issue he can no longer take Rimadyl, and in lieu of constantly medicating with Tramadol and doing cage rest for months on end we've just given up and are letting him do whatever he likes. Our current plan is 'if he wants to run let him' and we're back on normal diet. He's a perfect weight, so obesity putting pressure on developing joints isn't an issue. He's 9.5 months right now, so we're 6 months into this problem.

I wouldn't care about it except that he's being proven out as my stud dog for my breeding program and I need to get him into the ring. He went into the ring in puppy class when he first had his severe limp from the injury and the judge LOVED him; she put us second out of over a dozen puppies and said he would have easily placed first without his limp messing with his gait so I am NOT ready to give up on him in conformation.
I can do a steroid shot before a show weekend, but that would be unethical. He has beautiful movement on the weeks that he is not limping. All specialists and vets say his condition is not genetic, but I'm not sure I'd be comfortable breeding a male that has no titles to prove just because he has a limp.

Any suggestions? Any similar experiences? What treatments worked for your dogs?
 

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Lets bump this one since it we have another thread going on similar issues.
 

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I'm dealing with the same thing right now. Did a tick panel and he had a very low positive for Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (which could be indicative of a prior exposure) - did antibiotics for that and no improvement. Vet thinks he probably didn't have an active RMSF infection.
So, we have an appointment on Monday with another ortho specialist and he may have a neurologist look at him as well.
 

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Can you get him in to see Dr. Milton in Birmingham? I have giving up messing around locally (or at Auburn unless you have a horse or cow). Milton is a super diagnostician in my experience and that of the people I know who have used him.
 

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Can you get him in to see Dr. Milton in Birmingham? I have giving up messing around locally (or at Auburn unless you have a horse or cow). Milton is a super diagnostician in my experience and that of the people I know who have used him.
Thanks for the referral! I'll take a gander at the pocket book and give him a call.
 

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I spent thousands on a dog at local vets .... good vets too.... and Auburn. Would have saved a huge amount of money and chronic issues had I gone to Milton first.
Good luck!
 

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Made the appointment with Dr. Milton's office. The vet who owns my practice used to work with him... hoping that gets me some points. Mind you, I have a Care Credit account for a reason. Hoping whatever they need to do within my $1,800 quote takes care of it.
Is SX their usual solution? The receptionist told me OCD, which makes no sense as a diagnosis given the duration of the issue and the clear x-rays. But obviously she's a receptionist, lol. Luckily I can do all the pre-surgical tests at my practice for a fraction of their cost. *sigh*
Hard to do all this on a vet assistant's salary, but I would never dream of doing anything else with my savings. I'd rather eat ramen every day and see my kids healthy and strong.
 

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I feel your pain!
Milton's office will likely do/re-do radiographs. But take everything you have with you, or have it sent prior. I hope you have a good experience and you hear "it's just pano." :)
 
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