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Intermittent limping Labrador advice needed.

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by Xxsammiexx, Apr 23, 2017.


  1. Xxsammiexx

    Xxsammiexx PetForums Newbie

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    Hi All,

    I have a 4 year old black Labrador, Buddy. Whom for about 8 months has suffered from intermittent limping on his front legs. The limp comes after excersise, even Short walks.

    He has been seen by the vet for this, bloods came back normal, x rays showed elbow dysplacia in both elbows, however the vet said he was confident the dysplacia was not the cause of such a severe limp, but he could not find anything else on the x ray, he told me to not excersise buddy for a month and see how it went as maybe he had injured something, I did this and walked him today, and now tonight his limp is so bad he can barely walk, should I see another vet? Are there more tests I can have done for him other than x ray? Surely another Test may show something with the tissues that x ray cannot see? I'm not sure what to do as I don't want to see him suffer anymore. He has had a dose of loxicom this evening but the limp is still severe.
     
  2. rottiepointerhouse

    rottiepointerhouse PetForums VIP

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    Yes please ask to be referred to an orthopaedic specialist. They will probably do further investigations such as a CT scan which will show them if there any loose fragments within the joint. Elbows are very difficult to see properly on x-ray. All 3 of my dogs have elbow dysplasia. My rottie bitch was diagnosed with it in both front legs at 13 months of age and had a CT scan followed by arthroscopy and removal of loose fragments plus a bit of tidying up of the end of the ulna. Both of my pointers have had arthroscopies too. It is important to get it sorted out as the longer it is left the more arthritis is likely to result.

    Have a look at this link from Fitzpatricks


    http://www.fitzpatrickreferrals.co.uk/orthopaedic/canine-elbow-dysplasia/
     
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  3. Xxsammiexx

    Xxsammiexx PetForums Newbie

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    Thank you for such a prompt reply rottiepointerhouse.

    These are the thoughts I've had also as i am not satisfied with the vet claiming he is very confident the limp is not caused by the dysplacia without further investigation. He seen an indication of dysplacia on x ray and left it at that with an instruction to not excersise. To be charged a few hundred quid to be told this ridiculous advice and do nothing to help my poor buddy was an insult. Perhaps I have seen a vet who is not experienced in dysplacia? I tried to explain to him at the time that I would like the dysplacia looked into and he kept repeating that he was very confident it was not the culprit of the limping so I'm unsure if I am going to get anywhere with him. I will make another appointment and ask to be reffered thank you.
     
  4. EmCHammer

    EmCHammer PetForums VIP

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    My dog waz intermittently lame on a front leg x rays showed up nothing much. Wasn't till we went to see a specialist and had ct scan and mri we found out what the issue was .. (biceps tendonitus and avulsion fracture) and shoulder related. He would be lame then sound after rest then lame again.

    Would never have guessed at the above. Has been a long road back if soft tissue related can take ages to heal.

    The specialist also said his elbows looked good from one angle but not right from another but that wasn't his problem.

    It's not fair for him to go in like he is which is exactly what you are thinking I know if there is something fixable that could work.

    Def would ask to see ortho vet your vet hasn't given you any kind of sensible answer.. although to be fair rest of 6 weeks was our first option so maybe the vet was trying the conservative option first if it was soft tissue related before the need for expensive tests
     
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