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lameness after walks

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by olhubb, Mar 23, 2011.


  1. olhubb

    olhubb PetForums Newbie

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    Hi there

    I have an Aylestone Bulldog 13mts old. 90% of the time he is fine, but after a walk he gets stiffness in one of his legs.

    We have taken him to the vets and given him rest/metacam, examinations, x-rays etc etc. They cant find anything. The impresion i get is that they have given up because either they have run out of ideas or they dont belive us (he is normally ok when we take him the vet as he hasnt been walked). Im just glad i have insurance because if i was paying all that money and not getting answers id go mad.

    We rested him for 2 weeks but as soon as we started walks again it just came back.
    At the moment we give him Vetzyme high strength flexable joint, Vetzyme B plus E muscle tone, and bone builder to help prevent bowed legs because of his size and weight. None of these were suggsted by the vet, because as i said all they do is shrug their shoulders.

    Any suggestions or similar experiences

    Many thanks Oli
     
  2. Flossy11

    Flossy11 PetForums Newbie

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    Oli is it front or back? Can you tell if it is one leg or two?

    If you are feeding him on a good quality complete food then personally I don't believe you need the bone builder or other supplements though I don't think they will do any harm.
     
  3. olhubb

    olhubb PetForums Newbie

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    Its one of his fromt legs, they x rayed both front legs shoulder, elbow and wrist and found nothing.
     
  4. MissBexi

    MissBexi PetForums VIP

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    My bedlington Suki was like that at a young age.. Just one of her back legs use to be stiff after walks.. However she is almost 2 now and she no longer has a problem. someone suggested to me that she was maybe walked too far.. Or maybe the muscle hadn't developed as fast in that leg. I use to worry about it but she turned out fine. Hope it's nothing serious.
     
  5. rona

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    Mine had the same when I first got him, was x rayed and found nothing. We just assumed that it was a reoccurring soft tissue injury and we stopped doing things like quick turns while chasing balls.
    Did more stays and retrieves in straight lines
     
  6. Will@GowerVets

    Will@GowerVets PetForums Newbie

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    Very likely (80% of front leg lameness) to be an elbow problem.
    PM me
    Will
    gowervets.co.uk
     
  7. Sled dog hotel

    Sled dog hotel PetForums VIP

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    Ive had the same problem with one of mine, happened about 18/20mths ago,
    Xrays at vets nothing, rest and anti inflamms, still limping, Off to specialist orthopaedics, scan and even camera actually in the shoulder (Source where pain was coming from) Nothing. Finally 6 weeks rest again and anti inflamms, gradual build up of exercise fine.

    Happened again, Rest and anti inflamms, no difference, although examinations and manipulating it always made it worse again and set it back. Yet another scan at ortho specialists, Nothing. Four weeks rest and anti inflamms, plus a natural remedy I added this time, fine now and just started doing 20 minute walks for last couple of weeks, so far so good.
     
  8. olhubb

    olhubb PetForums Newbie

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    I think what i should do is have a longer rest period, maybe 6 week and gradually build up the walks on the lead.

    Also might try pedegree joint care, i have heard good things about them.

    Its a problem to get good quality rest as we have another dog (2 yr old border terrier) and there both very excitable. Last time we sepaerated them, one went to my fiances parents. Unfortunatly its not really a realistic option to be doing this all the time.
     
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    Dally Banjo PetForums VIP

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    Did the vets check his rear legs?
     
  10. olhubb

    olhubb PetForums Newbie

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    No, cant see anything wrog with his back legs.
     
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    Dally Banjo PetForums VIP

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    If he continues to limp after you have built his walks back up slowely & with the suppliments I would ask them to check his rear legs incase he is compensating for a problem elsewhere.
     
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    olhubb PetForums Newbie

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    Yea that might be an option, thanks
     
  13. Sled dog hotel

    Sled dog hotel PetForums VIP

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    I have the same problem too, I have 3, its my nearly 5 yr old Ive got the problem with, ones 13 so he doesnt play with her, but the others just turned 2, so they play and are really rough. Thats how he did it again this most recent time. Even though I stop it for that reason. Turn your back a few seconds and it sets them back. Ive just started trying a glucosamine,chondrotin hyaluronic acid collagen and MSM supplement only started it Tueday so early days. He had stopped limping now, but Im hoping that this might prevent another episode.
     
  14. olhubb

    olhubb PetForums Newbie

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    Let me know how you get on with those suppliments. Nearly a week on the joint care now and he seems better, but as you said its still early days, the big test is when you eventually go back to proper excersise, running etc. What are the suppliments your using called.

    Cheers Oli
     
  15. Malmum

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    Has your vet said anything about Cartrophen injections at all? If he's willing to put him on Metacam a course of Cartrophen could be beneficial instead. It isn't only an anti inflam like Metacam, it also helps with stregnthening the ligaments in the joints - where as Metacam is detrimental to them.
    Cartrophen and Osteoarthritis

    Probably not something he will need long term but just to help him through this phase, particularly if it's just a growth problem due to his age.

    Also you could always go to another vets for a second opinion and take the x rays from your vet with you - you have every right to do so. :)
     
  16. cinnamontoast

    cinnamontoast Sois pas chiant, chéri.

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    Apparently the bioavailability of seraquin is better than separate glucosamine and chondroitin (dog gets more benefit). Google it for online shops.

    I was told by a very helfpul person to get green mussel extract too. I'd love to know if Will from gowervets knows anything about turmeric for joint pain-the amount of uses it apparently has is very wide.

    Definitely ask for the back legs to be checked-in horses, the opposite diagonal is often the real problem.
     
  17. olhubb

    olhubb PetForums Newbie

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    The Cartrophen injections sound like a good option if the rest doesnt work. I will suggest this to the vets if it comes to that. As i said all the vets at my practice seem to be under 30 and every time ive been there (lots due to my border terriers bad joints) i know exactly what they will say - Rest and metacam then x rays, then no idea, send him to the university for checks. Makes me laugh the way you can get more info and suggestions on an internet forum than from your qualified vet and they charge a fortune for on answers.

    Many thanks for everyones suggestions, think i will change my vets once this is done and dusted.
     
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