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For a "well bred dog" he has had more problems than you can imagine! We think he has broken his toe. He doesn't want to stand on his left foot, it's not in his hip (which has been totally replaced!) and it's not in the other leg/hip (which still needs to be replaced).

His toe nail is pointing up at about a 45 degree angle, and he's very sensitive to the toe but friendly enough to let you mess with it to try to figure out the cause of pain (toe, foot, knee, hip, etc).

He has a vet appt later this AM, hopefully it's nothing too serious because we are hemoraging (sp) money for this dog like you can not imagine. Hips (severe dysplasia - worst our vet has ever seen), knees (weak ACL's), allergies which cause him to almost blow an ulcer out between his toe pads (enviornmental), and now what appears to be a broken toe.

None of our other dogs have all these issues. I've never in my life had a dog nearing the 7 grand mark. We've had him since he was 8 mo old, and he's only 16 mo now.

I am researching broken toes on dogs and reading everything from let it heal on its own with limited activity to surgery to remove it so it doesn't cause problems in the future.

We'd love to dognap his parents and spay/neuter them and return them so they can't produce more puppies like this. It's just sad. He is such a nice dog but his life has revolved around vet appts.

My family thinks we are keeping him alive for us, not him. :help: He is happy most of the time, but will not even eat today he is in so much pain. I tried canned food and warm water which is normally loves, but he wanted nothing to do with it. All he will do is lay on the dog bed in his x-pen. I've never seen him in this much pain. It's hard to imagine a broken toe causes more pain than a subluxated hip!
 

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So sorry you are going through this, update if indeed it is broken and what you decide to do. Any idea how he may have broke it?
 

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I'm sorry to hear about this. We got a puppy earlier this year and in 3 weeks, the puppy had to visit the vet more than 10 times. Had tons of health problems. The internal medicine specialist advised us to give up the puppy if we had an option as things were going to get worse. I tried to hold on to the puppy for as long as we could and then had to turn around and return back to the breeder. It's a very hard decision, but sometimes we've to think rationally (not emotionally) and do what's best for the dog. Living a 1/2 life with medications is not enjoyable for a dog.
 

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So sorry for what you are going through. Our first shepherd, Maggie, was thought to have broken her toe. Our vet at the time said he thought it was broken, but rather than do an x-ray, etc.... he just treated her with an an anti-inflammatory med. She favored the foot for a while, but it healed with no problem. She did have a reaction to the meds however.... she began to growl at us. Seems the meds had a steroid in it and in some dogs can cause aggression... we took her off. She was about 10 months at the time.
 

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OUCH, but I do agree with elaine, it could be dislocated which they should be able to pop it back in,,but PAIN PAIN ..poor guy:(
 
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