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Lame GSD

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by SamP, May 25, 2010.


  1. SamP

    SamP PetForums Junior

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    Just wondering does any1 have any insight into my problem. My GSD of 6 months has been lame on his right front leg, i have taken him to the vet, he said he MAY have pulled his shoulder, that was 6 weeks ago, he told me to rest him up for a month no long walks and keep him from running as best i can.
    I have done all this but he still gets lame after about 10 mins when he is outside, he doesnt seem to have any soreness when i examine him, so i rang the vet again , only to be told that he needs more rest & to give him time.
    I am just worried because he seems better then goes lame again, as i said i havnt been taking him on his usual walks as i dont want to cause any further damage. He is eating fine & is as happy as always. I took him to the river on our land as i thought a swim might be good for him. Is this the right thing to do or should i just do nothing. I feel my vet thinks i am over reacting but he's like family & i just want to make sure i'm doing enough for him. Any advice kindly appreciated. Thanks :)
     
  2. slakey

    slakey PetForums VIP

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    Could try taking him to a different vets, just so you get the verdict from two different people.
     
  3. leashedForLife

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    yes, a 2nd opinion could be very helpful! :thumbup:

    and swimming is an excellent idea - it is low-impact but aerobic, + keeps the dog from over-heating, too.

    since U already have a DX, i would say this is safe.
    go for it! :thumbsup: i would have him on a WIDE martingale, at least 1.75-inches but preferably 2-in,
    or even better, a well-fitting nylon H-harness with a FRONT ring, and clip the long line to the chest-ring.
    U can use it to gently bring him about, like a boat - just keep the line UP, so he cannot get his feet over it.

    i buy inexpensive floating polypropylene rope, 1/4 to 1/2 inch diameter; it can be had at a boat-supply, cut to length,
    for 10-cents a foot. then i attach a bronze or S/S clip to it, to prevent rust.

    the floating line is easy to keep UP + away from the dogs swimming forefeet. ;)

    hope he feels much better ASAP,
    --- terry
     
  4. Tanya1989

    Tanya1989 PetForums VIP

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    Has he been xrayed? This could show a number of problems, although expensive it rules out most of the serious problems like fractures, OCD and also a common complaint in growing GSDs- Panosteitis aka bad growing pains
     
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