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Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by Montys_Mum, Jun 7, 2010.


  1. Montys_Mum

    Montys_Mum PetForums Member

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    Our 6 month our Basset hound has a bit of a limp on his front left leg.

    This happened after exercise last week.

    On Wednesday evening we went to the little park near where we live and a 6 yr old GSD turned up. I was a little nervous at the time, but Monty and GSD met, and then spent about 10 minutes or so running around and playing. They clearly loved it, there was no growling or anything. It was truely a joy to watch.
    Anyway, once we got home I noticed Monty was walking a little stiff after a nap. I was a little concerned, but it wasn't hugely noticable and after walking around little he seemed to improve.

    So on the Thursday I checked him over, and he seemed fine, so we went out for his exercise again, a short walk then over to the park for a bit of a run around. Monty kept laying down after a few minutes and didn't seem overally interested in play, so after about 10 mins we took him home as we thought maybe he was still tired after all that run around with the GSD the evening before.

    Once we got home, he had his usually drink of water and then napped. Once he woke up he was badly limping, I immediately checked on him, rubbed my hands down his leg, checked his pad etc. He didn't make a sound and seemed totally disinterested in his leg and foot being touched.

    I have had him on my lap (on the floor) so I can feel that he is putting weight on the 'bad' leg, but not as much as the other leg.

    We have had him on rest (no walkies) on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday the limp seemed improved (it was a lot better Saturday morning, but got worse during the day), so I took him out for a quick 3 minute walk to the end of the road and back, hoping that maybe a short gentle (well as gentle as a 6 month old puppy will walk!) might help loosen up the leg. We got home and instead of charging around (which he usually does after exercise), he just had a drink and laid down.

    The limp is still there today, although not as bad. And he does still charge around the house after the cats and his ball!

    Are we right to keep him rested at home (e.g. no walkies) for a few more days and see how it goes, or should we be worried about there being a more serious issue, like a green stick fracture? (one of our kittens had one of these before, not sure if puppies suffer from them too, but the kitten didn't put leg on floor and cried when leg was touched). He isn't holding the leg off the floor or anything and my hubby says he has likely just pulled a muscle or something and that I shouldn't worry so much. But I hate seeing him limp and seeing him lay down more than usual.

    Any advice? I didn't want to take him to the vet unnecessarily, but if it is more serious I don't want to leave him as he is.
     
  2. Argent

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    It sounds like it could just be a strain from playing with the GSD. If the area feels hot or looks swollen, I'd suspect a break, but as long as it gets better rather than worse, I reckon he'd be ok. We panicked and rushed Oscar to the vet once when he was limping, but it was his back leg, and it turned out he'd just pulled his groin muscle as he'd just started cocking his leg!
    Hope your little one's ok :) And if you're still worried, definately see your vet!
     
  3. Montys_Mum

    Montys_Mum PetForums Member

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    Thank you for that. Yes it does seem to be improving, it sometimes worsens again but I think that just happens if he sleeps on it funny or when he has insisted on running around like puppy possessed! hehehe
    We will keep him rested for a bit longer. He gets to exercise a bit in the back garden. Perhaps we will just gradually reintroduce walkies in a few days time if he seems better. But no mad running around in the field until no more limping!
    I think I just needed reassurance that we were doing the right thing. It's so hard to see him limp, but he hasn't complained or anything so perhaps you are right, it's just a muscle strain and I need to relax a little bit.
    It's our first puppy, and being more used to cats, I do tend to over-worry at the slightly thing!
    Thanks again.
     
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    Hehe don't worry about it, Oscar is my first pup too, and he's a real drama queen!
     
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    We've been resting him, he went out for 5 mins Sunday and 10 mins Tues evening. But limp is still there, not as bad, but still present.

    So took him to vet today. Vet felt a bit of swelling and thought she felt a slight 'crunch' when she bent leg. But she said she wasn't sure if it was just the basset hound leg in growth. So we have metacam to give him for a week and to only walk him a couple of times a day for 10 mins each time.

    If still limping in a week, it'll be xray time. I really really hope it doesn't come to that. We've tried to be soooo careful with his legs, being a Basset we read all the warnings about making sure of proper leg development so I sort of obsess about it lol

    If he does need xray and that means a gen anaesthetic then we might ask about neutering at the same time, so he doesn't have to endure the procedure twice. Although still considering showing him, so I guess this will force us to make a decision lol

    Oh well, if interested I'll update again next week!
     
  6. dinks

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    Unlikely - but not impossible to be a greenstick fracture - would have thought would be a bit more painful than you descibe - however puppies are very good at hiding mild pain and can easily find ways to compensate so just because he isnt squealling out doesnt mean he isnt sore.I think if you have rested him and still no improvement then you should really get him checked over - especially before the weekend in case he gets any worse!
    Sorry posted before reading full thread!!
     
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    That we did today :) See above post.
     
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    Sorry lol i posted before reading full thread!:eek:
     
  9. Montys_Mum

    Montys_Mum PetForums Member

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    hehehe no worries i think everyone does that from time to time!
     
  10. rona

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    Hope it ends up being nothing serious, let us know how you get on
     
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    so do I. Were the parents scored for elbow dysplasia? Your bassets symptoms sounds all too familiar to what my dog's were aged 6 months.
    Hopefully it might be something like pano and hopefully grow out of it, is it always the same leg? I think bassets can be prone to both. I would stick to a very minimum of exercise, the metacam might cover the symptoms so even if he shows an improvement in a week I would still try and avoid any high impact exercise like jumping, ball games, etc, until he is fully grown.
    If it persists I wouldn't do the neutering as yet and ask the vet to be referred to an orthopedic specialist.
    Hopefully a little rest will do the trick.
     
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    He has improved over the past week on rest. It is just 1 leg, only started a week ago, and only after a rough and tumble play with a GSD. So vet thinks he has either knocked something, or pulled a muscle. It has improved a lot. No limp this morning.

    Only short 10 min walks twice a day for now. I am planning on requesting an xray anyway in a weeks time, just to be safe.

    Up until this happened, he has always been 100% fine, no limps, no problems. So it defo appears to be an over-enthusiastic play session that's the cause :)

    NB Because I am now getting paranoid I have called vets to get our preferred vet to call me with a second opinion on whether he needs to see Monty and if an xray right now is needed. Vet nurse on the phone was great, explained that from the notes and what I was saying, it definitely sounds more like a pulled muscle. But always better to be safe than sorry! :) So now to wait and see what the second vet says.
     
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    I would tend not to be too paranoid then, if the metacam and rest has gotten rid of the limp then it does sound that it was only a sprain :) If it was to be ED the limp would be back after the metacam, would still go with the 10 minutes rule after you have finished the course of painkiller if he was my dog, just to be on the safe side in case it was down to the metacam and would not over worry about the xrays at this stage.

    Really glad to hear he is better!!! :thumbup:
     
  14. Montys_Mum

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    Metacam has helped a lot. There was a very slight limp there last night, but he had been tearing around the house like a loon!. no limp this morning.

    I'll definitely be even more careful. We were always careful about not letting him do stairs, and limiting his exercise to 30mins a day (at 6months old), sometimes the exercise was a run on the long line, sometimes a walk.

    But yes, we'll be much more careful, no more rough and tumble play with large adult dogs!
     
  15. KHORRABIN

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    Can somebody please give me some advice I have a 5 month old boisterous jack russell Dexter I took him to a puppy party and he was so wild he was asked to leave. The following evening I noticed a limp on his back right leg I checked it out he had no pain and can scratch with it and stretch it out.
    He was still jumping up but didnt seem to put full weight down I rested him for a few more days and the limp completely disappeared.
    I noticed he tried to cock his leg to wee and seemed fine however later in the afternoon he was jumping up wildly and lifted the leg again. He is fine today but I am a bit paranoid with the whole thing now.
    Could it be because he is trying to cock his leg to wee?
     
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