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Old 03-13-2013, 11:57 AM
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Question Freds limp - ideas/advice please.

I'm so worried he's done something permanent, which is silly because I don't even know what he's done.

Long story short, we noticed a limp at ringcraft a couple of weeks ago, quite significant. My other half says he'd noticed a limp on and off before this, mainly when getting up after sleeping etc. Not really noticeable, I hadn't noticed.

No apparent pain or injury. Even when we moved his legs.

Vet trip, spent time manipulating him and worked out its his right shoulder, he gave a yelp when this was manipulated. First sign he's shown anything hurts.

Anti inflammatories and rested for a week, no walks, out to wee on a lead. Still a slight head bob limp when walked up and down. Back to vets, they have said to continue with rest and drugs and reckon its a pulled muscle.

The only thing we can think of is we think he ran into s tree in the dark, but that was something like a month ago.

What do people think?

He appears to limp more the day after moving on it, which makes me think something is stiffening up???

I'm worrying and hope its unnecessary. Vet said we can do an mri scan if its no better next week but doesn't think it will show anything.
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Old 03-13-2013, 12:04 PM
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It's possible that he could have Pano. What type of food is he on and how much are you feeding?
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Old 03-13-2013, 12:11 PM
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Maybe an OCD lesion in the shoulder? Shouldn't require an MRI, and xray can generally pick it up.
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Old 03-13-2013, 02:59 PM
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He's fed James well beloved, which is a biscuit. He was on puppy, then junior, and recently (couple of weeks?) had adult as his ran out and he has been eating Bodhis. Today we started to introduce raw.
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I can't remember, has he had x-rays of the shoulder yet? A dog this breed, this age, I wouldn't fool around. I would do imaging - whether that's x-rays or MRI or whatever is available for you and your vet.
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I can't remember, has he had x-rays of the shoulder yet? A dog this breed, this age, I wouldn't fool around. I would do imaging - whether that's x-rays or MRI or whatever is available for you and your vet.
No, nothing yet
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Old 03-13-2013, 03:48 PM
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Well it could be just a strain or sprain - most of the time with young active dogs, it is. But at this age there are enough developmental orthopedic things that can happen that benefit from early diagnosis and treatment that I personally like to be aggressive with imaging earlier rather than wait and see. A 2 or 3 year old dog, I'd wait and see for awhile. An adolescent GSP, not so much. JMO, it's not really right or wrong either way.
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Well it could be just a strain or sprain - most of the time with young active dogs, it is. But at this age there are enough developmental orthopedic things that can happen that benefit from early diagnosis and treatment that I personally like to be aggressive with imaging earlier rather than wait and see. A 2 or 3 year old dog, I'd wait and see for awhile. An adolescent GSP, not so much. JMO, it's not really right or wrong either way.
Honestly, it's something we have been discussing since the first vet trip. And every day since!!
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I can't remember, has he had x-rays of the shoulder yet? A dog this breed, this age, I wouldn't fool around. I would do imaging - whether that's x-rays or MRI or whatever is available for you and your vet.
This. I would get him imaged.

If those don't show anything, you might look for a acupuncturist and make an appointment. We've had good luck with acupuncture with Jack's issues.

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Fleetwood had the same thing at his age, except it was a bit worse. The first vet thought it was Pano, and the second vet said OCD (it is very common in the shoulder, by the way). We did x rays, and there seemed to be nothing. When she got a new digital x ray machine, we did another, and there it was. Clear as day!
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